Four letters of “R.I.C.H” will summerize why Vietnam is one of the most desirous destinations in the world:
- Roughness: “rough” overhere means new and not so “touristy – like Thailand. “Rough” also means there are so many landscapes which are not discovered much yet. They are so diverse and beautiful. From sand dunes, to waterfalls, white sand beaches, to pine tree forests. From city populations of around 9 million to smaller local towns and villages. You really get a chance to pick your journey: wander through the urban, concrete jungle that is Saigon and Hanoi, or break away to quiet costal towns like Hoi An and Da Nang. Indulge in the rich history of Vietnam as you explore temples and pagodas along the Perfume River near Hue. Spend a weekend in the lush, Mekong Delta. Step foot in Lang Co and make your way up the epic Hai Van Pass, two beautiful places that truly will give you the chills and make your jaw drop. Sail to Ha Long Bay where the water is emerald green. Watch stunning sunsets as you walk through the small, mountainous town of Da Lat. Get lost, break out of your comfort zone, try new things and live amongst the people. Each and every part of Vietnam has something unique and different to offer. You’re going to see things that really open your eyes up and give you a new perspective on life.
- Incredibility of culture, history and food: The culture of Vietnam is one of the oldest in Southeast Asia, with the ancient Bronze age Dong Son culture being widely considered one of its most important progenitors. Due to 1000 years of Chinese rule, Vietnam was heavily influenced by Chinese culture in terms of politics, government, Confucian social and moral ethics, and art. Vietnam is considered to be part of the East Asian cultural sphere [Wikipedia]. The food in Vietnam is amazing. Vietnam food is one of 10 healthiest cuisines. ”Fresh herbs, lots of vegetables and seafood, and cooking techniques that use water or broth instead of oils — these are some of the standout qualities of Vietnamese food…Traditional Vietnamese flavorings (including cilantro, mint, Thai basil, star anise, and red chili) have long been used as alternative remedies for all sorts of ailments, and cilantro and anise have actually been shown to aid digestion and fight disease-causing inflammation. One of the healthiest and most delicious Vietnamese dishes is pho (pronounced “fuh”), an aromatic, broth-based noodle soup full of antioxidant-packed spices [CNN].
- Cheapness: The Vietnamese Dong, yes go ahead and laugh, has a currency exchange rate with the US Dollar so good that it’ll make you laugh. Usually the change rate hovers around $1 gets you 20,000 Vietnamese Dong. Yes, twenty thousand. In the total four months I spent living abroad in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), I don’t think I spent more than $700. The US Dollar is just so valuable over there. A good night out at a bar could cost you just $2, a 45-minute cab ride just $7, a used motorbike will ring you up $200. I went out to eat almost three times a day, every day and would spend sometimes no more than $25. A fully custom-made, tailored suit from the bustling Ben Thanh market will set you back $30 while a trip on the city’s bus system just a few cents. The only things you’ll need to take into consideration are the international flights to-and-from Vietnam. That’ll cost you a few paychecks. But trust me, it’s absolutely worth it [Robby DeGraff said].
- Harmless: The people are super friendly and the environment is totally safe.