Vietnam Travel Tips – Things to know before you go
The name Hồ Chí Minh in the Ho Chi Minh City comes from the communist leader who lead the rebel against the French colonial forces. He is revered as the father of the nation.
According to recent amendment in property legislation non Vietnamese are allowed to own property in the country.
Culture: Mahayana Buddhism is dominating religion of the country with over 80% of population.
Festival: Tết is the biggest festival in Vietnam – which marks the Lunar New Year and takes places between Jan and March.
Vietnam Visa: Getting a visa for Vietnam trip is a breeze. You can obtain an e-visa by first applying online and then getting it done at the airport.
Drink: Vietnam is the second largest producer of coffee in the world. You will find Vietnamese Coffee everywhere, usually drank cold with ice and condensed milk.
Alcohol: Alcohol is super cheap throughout Vietnam, and can be easily obtained at mini marts.
Food: Vietnam is a foodie paradise, if for nothing else travel to Vietnam just for the food. Due to cultural reasons, vegetarians too had decent choices.
Traveling within Vietnam: Getting around Vietnam is easy as the country has a north to south train with multiple frequencies throughout the day. Air connectivity is also good and flight prices in budget airlines are very cheap.
Getting to Vietnam: Saigon has the biggest airport in the country and is equipped with all the modern facilities.
Online Booking: For booking train and bus online in Vietnam use baolau.com or 12go.asia
Hostels: Perhaps one of the biggest expense of every trip is accommodation. Hostels in Vietnam are cheap and usually cost around $5-$7.
Major tourist attractions: Saigon, Hoi An, Hanoi, Phong Na, Ha Long Bay, Ninh Binh are the top tourist destinations in Vietnam.
History Of Vietnam
Throughout it’s lifetime, Vietnam has a history of political turmoils. In modern times, the country was ruled by china, French and then divided into two countries – North and South Vietnam.
In the year 1954 as Vietnam was freed from French Colonial rule, it was split into two – North Vietnam and South Vietnam. North Vietnam was led by communist government (Ho Chi Minh as the leader) backed by USSR while South Vietnam was declared a capitalist state backed by USA. Perfect way to mess a country!
The infamous Vietnam War saw nearly half a million US troops sent to South Vietnam in the year 1966. Among Vietnamese the war is known as American War. The war resulted in a unprecedented of loss of life with more than three million Vietnamese and fifty thousand plus Americans dead.
The war finally ended in 1975 with a tank belonging to North driving through Presidential Palace in the southern stronghold of Ho Chi Minh City.