Vietnam is a land of striking landscapes that range from the lush rice terraces and forested mountains in the north to the picturesque valleys of the Central Highlands and the fertile delta and beautiful beaches of the south. Let’s take a look at the list of 10 things to see in Vietnam.
- Take a cyclo
Cyclo, a three-wheel bicycle, used to be the common transportation in Vietnam. Nowadays, it is a familiar image of many tourist areas in Vietnam. Taking a cyclo to go around and see beautiful normal life of local people is a good choice for tourists who want to discover another side of a country. The price for a cyclo going around can be arranged between the driver and tourist to get the most suitable one. Indochina tours
- Try on traditional costume
The most famous Vietnamese traditional costume is Ao Dai. However, there are still many other costumes which stick with different areas in Vietnam. You can try “ao tu than” when coming to Bac Ninh or “ao ba ba” if the Southern is your destination. Each of these costumes was created by local people from a long time ago. Nowadays even though they are not used in normal life, people still wear them in special festivals and events.
- Visit ethnic markets
Ethnic markets are mostly in the mountainous provinces in the North of Vietnam. These markets take place once or twice a month in the town center. Ethnic people come to this market to sell and buy goods which can be dresses, electronic devices even cattle. Come to this market, you can see not only a busy market but also a lot of beautiful ethnic girls and woman with colorful and unique dresses. Vietnam travel tours
- Street food
Vietnam’s street food is very diversified, from noodles, bread to fruit, dessert dishes. You can easily buy them in the stalls on any streets with a very reasonable price. Each place is famous for a particular dish, for example you should try out “banh mi” in Hoi An, “pho” in Hanoi, “che” in Hue and “banh xeo” in the Southern provinces. Cuisine is one of the shortest way to discover a culture so do not hesitate to try Vietnam street food.
- Visit temples and pagodas
Traveling all along Vietnam, you can easily see that there are temples and pagodas almost everywhere. These temples and pagodas mostly worship Buddha, national and local heroes. Some famous temples with unique structure in Vietnam can be mentioned: Thien Mu Pagoda in Hue, Mot Cot Pagoda and Ngoc Son Temple in Hanoi, Bai Dinh Temple in Ninh Binh.
- Lunar New Year Festival
Lunar New Year Festival (or Tet) is the most important and the biggest festival of Vietnam. It happens in January 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 3 days before. Come to Vietnam in this time, tourist will have the chance to see the most beautiful Vietnam with a peaceful spring, colorful streets and many flowers in blossom. Moreover, you can also see Vietnamese people preparing for Tet with many specialties such as Chung cake, Ao Dai, the five fruit tray, etc.
- Watch water puppet show
Water puppetry which originated in the Red River Delta in the 11th century is among the traditional art of Vietnam. The puppets are made of wood and are controlled by the puppeteers in a waist-deep pool. Almost all water puppet performances are based on traditional stories which tell about daily life of Vietnamese farmers in the old time. All of these stories are simple but they bring many meaningful lessons. Thang Long Water Puppet Theater in Hanoi is the most popular theater in Vietnam showing this kind of art.
- Visit historical places
Vietnam is a country with a long history. This country has overcome many fierce struggles to get the peace. Therefore, nowadays there are many historical places in all over Vietnam. Tourist can visit Dien Bien Phu to see how Vietnam Army beat French, a very powerful country or Cu Chi Tunnel in Ho Chi Minh City to see how hard Vietnamese soldier had to stand during the wartime with America Army. From that, travelers will see a Vietnam with heroic people.
- Take a cruise on Mekong Delta River
Mekong is the biggest delta in Vietnam. It is the land of thousands of plants especially rice and tropical fruits. Take a cruise on Mekong River, you can join in floating markets and enjoy many local specialties; catch fish in the river and enjoy them freshly at the spot and see the peaceful life of people living on the river banks.
- Watch traditional music show
Vietnam has a rich culture with many traditional music genres and some of them have been honored the world’s cultural heritage by UNESCO such as “Quan Ho”, “Nha Nha Hue” “Cong Chieng Tay Nguyen”, etc. These music genres are very special and they all stick to a specific area in Vietnam. Coming to traditional music shows, tourist can enjoy amazing singing performances and know more about Vietnamese culture.
10 things in Vietnam above will definitely show you the charms of Vietnam. However, there are still more fantastic and magical things which are still waiting for tourists to be explored. Come to Vietnam and try these things and feel more.