Travel Inspiration

Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.
Mark Jenkins

Socialist Republic of Vietnam

  • General Facts 

    • Population: 95,142,535 people
    • Capital: Hanoi; 7,600,000 people
    • Area: 127,844 square miles
    • Language: Vietnamese
    • Religion: Buddhist
    • Currency: Dong
    • Life Expectancy: 76 years old
    • GDP per Capita:U.S.  $1,9010 per year
    • Literacy Percent: 90 percent

    Other Fun Facts:

    • Vietnam people focus on humanity (nhân nghia) and harmony (hòa), with family and the community valued highly.
    • 16% of all the world's species live in Vietnam.
    • Viet cuisine has 5 fundamental taste elements: spicy (metal), sour (wood), bitter (fire), salty (water) and sweet (earth).
    • Viet food is a Chinese/Thai blend and is considered one of the healthiest cuisines in the world.
    • The body of Ho Chi Minh (Uncle Ho) was embalmed and on display in Hanoi.  NO PICTURES!!!!
    • Tet is the most important festival in Vietnam. It celebrates rebirth and is considered their New Year.
    • Water puppetry a popular art form dates to around the 11th century.

    Our Suggestions

    • The cuisine of Vietnam is varied and delicious.  Don't be afraid of street food!
    • Train from Hanoi to Saigon on the Reunification Express stopping along the way.
    • Ha Long Bay and Cat Ba Island - UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    • Coffee, coffee, coffee... Some of the best we have had in the world!
    • The New Hanoian Website.  This is a verifiable life saver if you plan to live in Hanoi.
    • People watching from a sidewalk cafe in Saigon and Hanoi is incredible!
    • Hoi An Is charming, beautiful and has great food.  Rent a bike and bike around it.
    • Stay in Vietnam for Tet (Viet New Years)!  Fireworks, parades and fun!
    • Hanoi Water Puppet Theater in the Old Quarter

Blog Posts About Vietnam

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