5 Exciting Things You Can Do in Vietnam.
If your travel route takes a turn towards Vietnam, you can be sure of one thing – you will enjoy! It is impossible to be bored in this fascinating country. It is located in the eastern part of the Indochinese peninsula and whichever part you decide to see, will seduce you entirely!
Let’s make something clear, there are so many things to do and so many interesting places to visit that even if you start planning right now, trust me it would be hard to decide where to go. Red River Delta, Highlands, Coastal lowlands, Mekong delta … and much more, tough competition.
However, there are many things in Vietnam that I would like to recommend for the first time visitors as well as for some of you who visit Vietnam and decide to stay.
Sunbathe in Ha Long Bay.
This is the eastern part of Vietnam that will amaze you with its numerous islands and islets. So one of the must do things is sunbathe. Its landscape its surrealistic and every tourist leaves with strong impressions intertwined with admiration. It is covered in a number of limestone caves which you can visit in guided tours and it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994 for a reason, so don’t miss it.
Take a walk to Imperial Citadel of Thang Long.
This historical monument represents history as well as the culture of Vietnam in a very special way. Although it may sound unbelievable it is 40 meters high and has an enormous flag on the top which is often seen as the most recognizable feature of Hanoi. In the past, it was the center of Hanoi for many centuries. It is another UNESCO World Heritage Site in Vietnam, so make sure you visit this one too.
Go for a self-guided tour of Hoi An Ancient Town.
As you might have noticed, Vietnam is full of historic monuments that date long back in the history, and Hoi An Ancient Town is just one of them. It actually represents a marvelous mix of Chinese temples, a Japanese-designed bridge, wooden shop-houses, French-colonial houses, and old canals. Quite amazing, I know! Since 1999, it has been listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site – another one to visit in Vietnam! It has been converted to tourist friendly environment when many old shops were transformed into souvenir shops, cafés, restaurants and art galleries.
Apart from all the sightseeing, you should not forget about shopping in Vietnam. So many shops sell souvenirs that you must bring back home, but bear in mind you should be careful.
There could be situations where merchants will try to trick you and tell you that their goods are much more expensive than they really are.
You can always ask at different stands and compare the prices or offer only half of what they ask, this might save you from being scammed. In some situations, you could just pretend you’re not interested when you hear their price. Then they might lower it for you in order to sell the goods.
You will be delighted to learn that many famous world brands have their factories in Vietnam. However, original goods are as expensive there as anywhere in the world. At many shops, you will find counterfeited goods that vendors might try to sell as originals, but their price will give them away! Don’t get confused and don’t be decieved by splendor!
Get a job.
I know that many of you will like this exciting and beautiful country so much. In case there is an opportunity you might wish to stay there for a while.
What will make you happy is the fact that it is not hard to find a job in Vietnam, especially if you are a native English speaker. There is a huge demand for English teachers and it is understandable considering the number of tourists that arrive in Vietnam every day.
There are so many benefits of living in Vietnam, like rapid business development, low crime environment, low cost of living. These are the main reasons why English teachers decide to settle here. The pay you might earn teaching English in Vietnam is not the best pay you could ever get. It ranges between 1000 and 2000 US dollars, but it is enough for decent life there and you would still be able to enjoy the fascinating culture, colorful and crowded markets, tropical climate and very friendly people. Of course, you could make much more while teaching English in China or in Thailand but that’s up for you to decide.