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Why Go To Vietnam?
Holidays to Vietnam are something really worth considering as a break from your standard holiday destination choice. Instead of going on your average trip to France or Spain with the family, your partner, or even on your own, why not try something more exciting and exotic?
Perhaps you’ve only seen Vietnam in films about the Vietnam War (most of which use Thailand as a filming location anyway). Maybe you think only of people with conical hats sailing down rivers and of Vietnamese food.
Maybe you need some eye-opening reasons why Vietnam is absolutely fantastic.
Vietnam has Wonderful Trains
The trains in Vietnam are fantastic. Not only do they traverse the length and breadth of the country but you can sleep on them along the way. Passengers can enjoy dinners of instant noodles and crackers on board too, as at the end of most of the carriages you will find a boiling water dispenser. Vietnamese people are very friendly and if you are sharing a sleeping carriage with locals they are likely to share food with you or try to be helpful even if they cannot speak your language.
Trains stop in all the must see destinations such as Hoi An, the town with coloured lanterns and amazing tailors, and Hue, which sits on the Perfume River.
Vietnam Has a Famous Dead Body You Can Go See
What do you mean the idea of seeing a dead body in real life doesn’t excite you? Where is your morbid sense of curiosity? For those of you who have one, you can go and visit the body of Hồ Chí Minh in Hanoi. He lies underneath a glass case in a tomb based on Lenin’s. You have to arrive at the site early in the morning to get your turn to file around the body, as hundreds of people turn up each day to do exactly that. If you think about it, it’s pretty weird that he died more than 40 years ago yet you are seeing him as he was (although a bit paler and with eyes closed). What used to be Saigon is now Hồ Chí Minh City, named after the man who was president and who was important in forming the DemocraticRepublic of Vietnam as well as leading the Viet Cong, whose army fought the Americans during the Vietnam War.
There Are All Kinds of Interesting Translations
If you take a tour on a bus in a city such as Hồ Chí Minh City, you’re likely to be handed a flyer saying something like ‘Happy Tours’ at the top and filled with generally uplifting sentences that don’t necessarily actually mean anything in relation to the tour you are taking. And outside the place you so faithfully visited with Hồ Chí Minh’s dead body in it, you’ll notice a sign by the cloakroom that reads, ‘take luggage of foreigner, no charge.’
While silly translations are obviously not a sole reason to go to Vietnam, they are sweet and one of those little uplifting elements to your travels.
Sophie Collard (@sophontrack)writes about fascinating places to visit and people she’s met while on her travels. She’s travelled in the UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia and loves the sense of distance and changing landscapes.