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19 Local Experiences That You Can Have Only in Vietnam

Halong Bay Vietnam

Vietnam is a truly fascinating country, there’s no better way to put it. You really get a chance to pick your journey: wander through the urban, concrete jungle or break away to quiet ancient towns. 

Here is the list of unforgettable experiences that you can only have in Vietnam.

1. Ethnic market

Vietnam have some very unique ethnic markets in the rural areas up to the North, where residents of ethnic minorities come from villages and towns lying mainly in the mountains.

Authenticity, cultural habits, and entertainment. You can buy almost everything, even love!

Ethnic Market Vietnam

2. Visit Temples and Pagodas

Vietnam is under a strong influence of Buddhism. Many of Vietnamese ancient architectures are Buddhist temples, so do Temples and Pagodas

Vietnam Temples

3. Tet

Tet is Vietnamese New Year and is the most important festival and public holiday in Vietnam.During Tet, the cities become quite as almost every business are closed and people return to their home towns to be with family.

4. Cu Chi Tunnels

The Cu Chi tunnels, northwest of Ho Chi Minh City, were part of a much larger underground tunnel network used by the Viet Cong in the Vietnam War, sleeping quarters, weapon storage facilities, war rooms and fighting positions.

Cu Chi Tunnels

5. Bia hoi

It’s a foamy, light-alcohol beer found mostly in northern Vietnam. Made fresh each day with few preservatives, the dregs are chucked down the gutter at close of business each day. It’s super cheap.

Bia Hoi Vietnam

6. Water puppets

Water Puppetry is a traditional art form closely connected with the long standing spiritual life of Vietnamese people. There are many different kinds of puppet shows in all over the country.

Water Puppets show

7. Express silk tailoring

Go to the the Hoi An Cloth Market and get something made for you. The tailoring is very fast, but not always great, so plan to have two or three fittings. Be choosy about your cloth and haggle.

Express Tailoring Vietnam

8. Lak lake

Travel up the highlands with pristine tropical forests, hill tribe villages and tame elephants.

Lak Lake Vietnam

9. Mekong Delta

This tropical delta makes a fascinating region to explore, best by speedboat. You can explore the floating life here.

Floating Market Mekong Delta

10. Cyclo

Cyclo, one of the most typical vehicles in Vietnam 40 years ago, is a human powered transport with a seat at the front for passengers and the driver at the back. It’s also a symbol of the old Saigon.

Cyclo Vietnam

11. Cruise in Halong Bay

Halong bay is internationally famous, twice recognized as a World Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO, for the majestic beauty of the dense rocks and islands and pure blue water.

Halong Bay Vietnam

12. The Reunification Express

It’s not the Orient Express, but Vietnam’s Reunification Express is a great, fun way to travel. We travel ‘Soft Sleeper’ on all rail journeys. This is the most comfortable standard available though it cannot be compared with European standards.

The Reunification Express

13. Colonial Architecture

In Vietnam’s big city you can still find many wonderful examples of French colonial architecture, including St. Joseph’s Cathedral, the Opera House, etc.

Colonial Architecture

14. Folk music

The Vietnamese traditional music is diverse due to the various genres that took shape during different periods of history.

Folk Music Vietnam

15. Browse the local markets

Shopping lovers and street market fans will find in Vietnam their personal paradise. Street markets in Vietnam are inherit to the Vietnamese culture authentically.

Local market Vietnam

16. Cao Dai cathedral

Caodaism (Dai Dao Tam Ky Pho Do, or Third Great Universal Religious Amnesty) is a syncretic religion that had its beginnings in Vietnam, then part of French Indo-China, in the 1920s.

Cao-Dai-Temple-Tay-Ninh

17. Bahnar Villages

Banhar hill tribe villages are scattered throughout the Central Highlands. Five easily-reached villages lie on the outskirts of Kon Tum, where the Banhar live much as they have for a thousand years, speaking their own language and fishing the river from dugout boats.

Bahnar Villages

18. Street Food

The best place to eat street food in Vietnam is on little stools around a small plastic on the pavement. Whether it’s the famous pho (rice noodles) or bun cha ca (rice noodles served with fiskcake), or bun thit nuong (grilled pork mixed with rice noodles, herbs), Vietnamese street food is amazing and it’s also where you’ll find the best food.

Bun Bo

19. Riding Motorbike on the Chaos Street

It’s crazy!

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