There are a lot of wonderful places to visit all around the world. Unfortunately, even if you have all the money in the world, there simply isn’t enough time to visit every wonderful spot on this planet. Instead, you have to think carefully about exactly where you want to go and what you want to do when creating your vacation bucket list. For some, that might mean taking an African safari, while for others, it might mean walking the iconic streets in New York City. However, if you are looking for an exotic location that is also easy on your pocket, look no further than Vietnam.
There are some amazing places on this planet, but you’ll have a hard time enjoying some of them because the people, governments, and economies in some places aren’t very traveler-friendly.
That’s not the case in Vietnam. In many ways, the country depends on tourism to feed their economy, so they have set things up to be easy for travelers who come from all over the world.
Most places have English versions of the menu, and many residents speak English. You can expect the same kind of service at a Vietnamese hotel that you would get in the states.
Getting a visa is extremely easy. The Vietnam visa application process includes applying online and waiting for your approval to be sent to your email. In most cases, it will be sent within three days, and you can simply print your eVisa using your home printer.
Even if it’s easy to vacation in a country, that doesn’t mean there’s a lot to see or do. That’s definitely not the case when it comes to Vietnam. This country is full of natural splendor from north to south, east to west.
Just a few of the beautiful places in Vietnam that are worth a visit include:
- Ha Long Bay is one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the world. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994 and voted a New 7 Wonders of Nature in 2012, it’s a must-visit.
- Hang Sơn Đoòng is the world’s biggest by volume, and it’s a great option for those with some hiking skills who are looking for a challenge.
- Hoi An is the perfect mix of ancient coastal city and modern amenities that hasn’t been changed by the frequency of travelers who visit the town.
- Sa Pa is home to people who live a traditional life with the dramatic backdrop of misty green terraces and Mount Fan Si Pan.
Vacation like a King
Vacations can get expensive fast. It’s true that you can find modern accommodations in Vietnam that are comparable in price to those in the states, but you can also travel on a budget too.
Very few places in the world enable you to stretch your dollar further than Vietnam. If you plan your trip carefully, you can find accommodations for under $5. You can find delicious meals for under $2 with beer that costs just a few cents. You can stay a lot longer, or travel back home sooner with more money in your pocket when you travel to Vietnam.
Recorded history in Vietnam dates back to the third century BC, so there’s plenty for history buffs to learn about this amazing country. However, for many, it’s the history of the Vietnam War that draws them to this fascinating country.
There are many educational sites that can teach you about the Vietnam War, including old war planes and tunnels that soldiers used during the war.
Other historic events are highlighted as well. For example, you can visit the imperial palace and visit the final resting place of Ho Chi Minh.
The culture of an area is a big draw for nearly any place you can possibly visit. After all, it’s the local culture that makes a place so special!
In Vietnam, the culture is unlike what we have in the West. Walk among bison-led equipment, sip on tea, and strike up a conversation with a friendly local who lives in an unbelievably modest home.
And of course, don’t forget about the food! There are some amazing Vietnamese dishes with flavors you won’t find anywhere else in the world.
By all means, gaze at lions on an African safari and gaze out your hotel window at Times Square, but don’t forget to add destinations that are off the beaten path to your bucket list. Even a short stay in Vietnam is sure to change your outlook on life.