I have been to Vietnam many times and here are a few photos that shows why I always love to return to Vietnam.
The vietnamese live on the water.
One thing that really fascinates me about Vietnam is how you have hundreds of thousands of people living on the water all year round. People live in floating villages, on house boats, on cargo boats and whatever that floats. This is a result of having a country that is quite overcrowded, but it’s fascinating to see how people just adapt to the situation and make a living, not just from the sea, but also on the sea.
The vietnamese carry everything on their bikes.
In Vietnam, very few people can afford a car, but most can afford a scooter or a bicycle, so that is what they use for transport and for transporting stuff. You will see a lot of creativity when it comes to getting things on to scooter and bicycles.
Vietnam has fantastic street food.
Vietnam has some of the best street food I have ever tried. And it’s very healthy too and cost next to nothing. Don’t worry too much about getting food poisoned from it. Of course it can happen, but if the food is cooked at high heat in front of you then it should be fairly safe and I have personally never had any problems after eating vietnamese street food. And they have some very exotic food as well if you dare to try it. Fried rats is a delicacy in the Mekong Delta if you feel like trying that.
Vietnam is coffee country.
Vietnam is the second largest coffee producer in the world after Brazil and there is a growing coffee shop culture among the vietnamese, especially the younger vietnamese gather at the many many coffee shops that you have around Vietnam. The coffee is grown in the highlands away from the coast, which is a very pleasant and non touristy part of Vietnam to visit.
The southern part of Vietnam used to be called Champa before the viets arrived from southern China. The cham people are darker skinned and mostly hindus (a few are muslim). They still live as a minority in central and southern Vietnam and account for around 160 000 people in Vietnam.
The vietnamese goes fishing.
Of all the countries I have been to (more than 70), I have never seen a place with more fishing than Vietnam. Give the vietnamese a bit of water and they will start fishing right away. The fishing is something that is a big part of Vietnams identity and the vietnamese love fish and everything else that lives in the sea.
Vietnam still has pristine coastline.
Vietnam still has some really pristine coastline with nice beaches that has not been overdeveloped yet. Sure you have some resort towns where tourism is massive, but having a very long coastline and a tourism industry that is still fairly new, most of the vietnamese coastline is still what I call the real deal.
Vietnam is colorful.
Being a country with a communist government that does not allow free elections, one might think that there is not much color in Vietnam, but it’s surprisingly colorful, especially on sunday when many people put on their sunday clothes and walk around the parks, the markets and other public spaces. The vietnamese tend to favor bright colors when they dress up and that creates a very nice street scene, especially on sundays.