Vietnam is an exotic destination with magical islands set in pristine waters, historic and religious sites, including temples, pagodas and churches, and a rich culture based around strong traditions.
Nowadays, Vietnam has opened its doors and is well-known for beautiful scenery, diverse cultures, friendly and hospitable people. Moreover, Vietnam is always the safest destination in the world where you can witness the World Heritage sites including Complex of Hué Monuments (1993), Ha Long Bay (1994), Hoi An Ancient Town (1999), My Son Sanctuary (1999), Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park (2003), Central Sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long – Hanoi (2010), Citadel of the Ho Dynasty (2011).
Vietnam is an experience of Asia like no other. Hanoi, the capital, surprises you with architecture reflecting Vietnam’s long history with influences as near as China or as far as France. Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon) overwhelms you with its sheer human energy. Hue, the old imperial capital, conjures up vibrant images of an exotic past. Long sandy beaches meet majestic mountains in Central Vietnam and Halong Bay has stunning landscapes.
Perhaps, most of all, you will remember the smiles of welcome, the invitations to “drink tea” and the bright eyes of the young children growing up in a peaceful Vietnam.
Whatever your interest may be, we assure you that traveling with Go Viet Travel to explore Vietnam’s hidden treasures will surely be an impressive trip.
WHEN TO GO TO VIETNAM?
Vietnam’s weather varies greatly from north to south with each area marked by slightly different seasons and climates. Because of these regional variations, a part of the country is seasonable at any time of year.
The north, overall, tends to be cooler than the rest of the country. During the winter, from November until February, the day time temperature is pleasantly cool and the weather is often damp. To the far north in places like Sapa, there is occasionally freezing temperatures during this time. The north begins to warm up in March and stays dry and warm until May. From June to October, the north is hot and rainy making it a fairly unpleasant place to travel. Overall the best time to visit the north is from November until April.
Central Vietnam experiences warm weather from July to October and wet, colder weather from November to May. Frequent typhoons hit the central coast from August to October which can cause flooding and disrupt travel plans.
Although the temperature remains fairly steady throughout the year, Southern Vietnam has two seasons. The dry season lasts from December to May, while from May to November is the rainy season. Most of the rain is in the afternoon and only lasts a short time so it is unlikely to disrupt touring plans.
Unless you intend to visit friends, relatives or your family, we do not recommend visiting Vietnam during the Lunar New Year or Tet holiday (Vietnamese New Year falls between late January and February). Tet is the most important period of the year for many Vietnamese who take time off to visit their families in the countryside. All hotels, buses, trains and flights are full, and there is almost no activity in the markets and shops. Lots of restaurants and tourist sites are closed. Some hotels and restaurants are under-staffed and in some cases the quality of the service may suffer. This period of reduced activity may last from a week before and a week after the Tet period. It is also impossible to get a “visa authorization letter” processed during this period.
FOOD IN VIETNAM
Vietnamese cuisine comes as a pleasant surprise to many visitors and is definitely a part of the Vietnam experience not to be missed. One of the characteristics of Vietnamese food is that it is always bought fresh from the market the same morning. Food is usually prepared with a minimum of oil and served with the ubiquitous fish sauce called “nuoc mam”. Typical Vietnamese dishes you can expect to try include pho, a type of rice noodle soup eaten for breakfast, cha gio, deep-fried spring rolls and goi ngo sen, a delicious salad made with lotus stems, shrimps and peanuts. Due to the strong Buddhist influence in Vietnam, vegetarian food is widely available.