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Vietnam, or officially known as the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula in Asia. Vietnam is a one-party Communist state. It is the 15th most populous country in the world and the ninth in Asia. The country shares its borders with China at its north, Laos to the northwest, Cambodia to the southwest and Thailand to the southwest. Vietnam is also a part of the ASEAN countries. It has its capital in Hanoi since the reunification of the North and South Vietnam in 1976. Ho Chi Minh City, on the other hand, is Vietnam’s most populous city.
Vietnam is a great choice for a vacation spot with its complex and interesting cultures, diversities and many interesting things to learn about. The country has several influences that come from numerous time of being invaded by China and occupied by the Japanese army. This invasion and occupations also brought in influences by the Buddhism, the Hinduism and even the Confucius into the Vietnamese cultures. Most of the Vietnamese people believed in Buddhism. The official language is Vietnamese and their currency is Dong.
The country used to be fully dependent on the agriculture for its major economic but now, tourism and services bring the most to the Vietnamese economy. Vietnam has become the major tourist destination since the 1990s, especially for its beautiful coastal regions. The tourism in the country also boosted from the significant investments from both state and private. In 2017, the country received a great 12 million tourists into their country. It is one of Southeast Asia’s fastest-growing economies and is targeting to be a developed nation by 2020.
All and all, Vietnam is a great place to travel to, be it for a family vacation, or a honeymoon with the loved ones. The country is also great for backpackers or solo travellers.
Getting into the country is easy thanks to the booming tourism economy in Vietnam. The best choice to get into the country is just by flying in. Its largest and busiest airport is the Tan Son Nhat International Airport or better known as the Ho Chi Minh City Airport. The airport is located about six kilometres north of the Ho Chi Minh City. The Tan Son Nhat International Airport has two terminal buildings; one for the domestic flights and the other serves the daily international flights coming into the country. This huge airport handles around 15-17 million passengers per year.
The Tan Son Nhat International Airport is connected to the Ho Chi Minh City with a number of ground transportations available. There is a bus station across the international terminal and served by the Ho Chi Minh City Bus. There are also express minibus services that connect to the other nearby cities. There is also an option to take the taxis from the airport.
From Malaysia, flights going to the Tan Son Nhat International Airport come from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Senai International Airport in Johor, and from the Bayan Lepas International Airport of Penang. A flight ticket from any of these airports in Malaysia going to the Tan Son Nhat International Airport starts from as low as RM 125, one-way. Malaysian passport holder also does not require a travelling visa to Vietnam as long as staying less than 30 days.
Hoi An Ancient Town
Hoi An is a city in Vietnam’s central coast in the Quang Nam Province. It is famous for its well-preserved Ancient Town. The Ancient Town is basically a living museum with old heritage buildings including Chinese temples, a Japanese-designed bridge, pagodas, wooden shop-houses, and canals among others. At night, some parts of the town are lit with old-fashioned lanterns, making the whole areas simply stunning. Hoi An has been successful in preserving and restoring the buildings. It is declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site in December 1999.
My Son Sanctuary
Another UNESCO World Heritage Site in Hoi An. The My Son Hindu Sanctuary is a great example of the ancient Champa civilization that is located in the southern part of Vietnam. The ancient Champa civilization was an independent state that was built in the 2nd to the 17th century and at which, it was occupied by Vietnam. My Son was a political centre and a royal burial ground. The complex consists of more than 70 structures devoted to the Hindu gods and goddesses. These impressive Hindu-themed ruins are surrounded by tropical jungles.
Cu Chi Tunnels
Cu Chi Tunnels are tunnels that were built during the war in 1948 when the Viet Cong were fighting the French. The tunnels are more than 120 kilometres long. The tunnels are no longer in use and they are now turned into a museum. It is one of the Ho Chi Minh’s most iconic attractions. Cu Chi Tunnels visitors can enjoy the claustrophobic routes, trying to fire some assault rifle at their shooting range and even try the army’s meals that those soldiers had to live with during the war. The museum opens every day from 7 AM until 5 PM and it is located 45 kilometres northwest of Ho Chi Minh City.
Vietnam has one of the culinary wonders in the world with delicious local dishes that are promised to make foodie travel there, worthwhile.
Pho is a wonderful beef noodle soup that is considered to be Vietnam’s national dish. This dish is available everywhere in the country, be in at the small stalls along the walkways of buildings, pushcarts and even at the proper sit-down restaurants. This dish is comprised of rice noodles in a delicious beef soup with thin slices of meat and various herbs and vegetables. Pho can be eaten at any time of day but it is typically eaten for breakfast.
Another unique Vietnamese dish that is popular internationally. It is a dish that has French influenced into it. The Banh Mi is a toasted baguette sandwich, filled with pickled vegetables, fresh herbs and slices of meat. Banh Mi is also available everywhere and it can be a perfect snack if not a good meal.
Goi Cuon is a refreshing Vietnamese spring roll. Compare to a typical spring roll; Goi Cuon is not deep fried. It is made out of a thin layer of rice paper, wrapping the fresh herbs, thin vermicelli noodles and meat slices. It is typically eaten by dipping into a hoisin-based dipping sauce and crushed peanuts. It is a popular, healthier snack choice.
Coffee lovers should never miss the chance to try the incredible local coffee. A strong, sweet and delicious cup of coffee is available everywhere in the country. Their typical cup of Joe is best enjoyed hot but there are always people who loved it to enjoy it cold.
Cambodia is a neighbouring country, west of Vietnam. It is another great country to visit while vacationing in Vietnam. Cambodia is easily accessed by taking a train or a bus. Enjoy the beautiful sceneries while travelling to the other country. Phnom Penh is the capital city of Cambodia and it is one the best places to visit while in Cambodia.
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