Vietnam is a wonderful destination for anyone craving beautiful weather, delicious food, stunning historical architecture and incredibly friendly locals. Some would even say that Vietnam is Thailand’s lesser known younger sibling, still somewhat unexplored by many travellers looking to travel around Southeast Asia.
Vietnam is a diverse country with relaxing beaches as well as buzzling major cities. Even though Hanoi is the official capital, if you have the chance, a visit to the former capital of Saigon, now called Ho Chi Minh City, is definitely a must.
In Saigon you can really experience the French colonial heritage, by for instance sampling a local dish called Banh Minh. Simply scrumptious. Before hopping on a plane to this incredible destination though, you will most likely need to obtain a visa as well as some vaccines to travel to Vietnam. It might also be nice with some suggestions when it comes to what to do and see once you arrive. How about a list of alternatives for some of the lesser known, albeit tasty part of the local cuisine?
Vaccines and Visas
Due to Vietnam’s exotic and beautiful nature, travellers are always advised to exercise caution when it comes to health. Meaning that everyone travelling to the country needs to investigate what type of vaccines are necessary to have before travelling. Although vaccinations are not compulsory before travelling to Vietnam everyone should consult a physician before going as it might be dependent upon which country you are travelling from. However, some vaccinations are usually recommended to all travellers, such as Hepatitis A and B as well as Japanese Encephalitis.
While checking with official rules concerning vaccines before going to Vietnam, it might also be wise to read up on the current visa regulations as most people travelling to the country will need one. In an effort to facilitate travel to Vietnam, the country has made it possible to apply for a visa online, a so called eVisa. The eVisa is available to citizens of 80 countries and it allows the holder to stay in the country for a period of up to 30 days.
- Vietnamese Fermented Pork Roll – tastier than it sounds and a real treat. Cooked with garlic and chili, it is possible to smell it from a mile away and it is a very popular dishto serve alongside cocktails.
- Peanut Worm – again, something that many people might shy away from at first but it is a dish that should really be tasted, at least once.
- Fried White Cricket – another delicacy that travellers are encouraged to try. The flavour is reminiscent of seafood and it is often served with chopped pork and lemon leaves.
- Orchid Tree Salad – as tasty as it is beautiful. As it combines all the flavours of your tasting palate, sour, spicy, salty, bitter and sweet, it is a hard dish to resist.
- Snake – as a tropical country, Vietnam has access to a wide range of reptiles and dishes that often attracts attention are the ones containing snake.