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- Friday, 10 February 2023
Street Foods in Vietnam: Top 10 Must-try Dishes
Street foods in Vietnam are more than just a list of typical Vietnamese meals sold on the streets; they also convey the beauty of the Vietnamese people's culture, lifestyle, feelings, and thoughts. Here are some of the best Vietnamese street foods that you should not miss on your trip to Vietnam.
Bun Cha - Grilled Pork Noodle Soup
Bun Cha originated in Hanoi, the birthplace of Vietnamese cuisine. The dish is a local favorite for a light and pleasant lunch. Bun Cha is a rice vermicelli dish topped with grilled pork belly, meatballs, fresh herbs, and a bowl of sweet-savory fish sauce with pickles. It sounds so simple, but when all of the ingredients come together, the meal may enchant anybody who tries it for the first time. That is the key to Hanoian cuisine's international popularity. Even President Barack Obama, who was visiting Vietnam, had to take a few minutes out of his hectic schedule to eat some Bun Cha. Why don't you?
Pho - Rice Noodle Soup
What list of street foods in Vietnam would be complete without Pho? Pho is one of the two most well-known traditional Vietnamese dishes, having been featured in the Oxford Dictionary due to its popularity not just in Vietnam but also in many other countries. This is a Vietnamese soup made with broth, rice noodles (bánh phở), herbs, and meat - generally beef, but occasionally chicken, duck, or goose, depending on the visitors. The rice noodles used in this dish are not the same as the ones used in Bun Cha; they're flatter and bigger.
Banh Mi Vietnam
Along with Pho, Vietnamese baguette sandwiches, known as Banh Mi, are gaining popularity across the world. The originality of Banh Mi resides not only in the light and crispy baguette but also in the range of Vietnamese Banh Mi tastes to bring out the most wonderful sensations.
This baguette sandwich with greens and a variety of toppings, including pâté and freshly prepared omelet, is so wonderful that it's been copied all over the world. Chefs in the north keep to the fundamentals of carbohydrates, fat, and protein—bread, margarine, and pate—but in the south, your banh mi may have a more colorful blend of cheese, cold cuts, sausage, fried eggs, pickled vegetables, fresh cilantro, and chili sauce.
Xoi - Sticky Rice
Xoi, a traditional Vietnamese dish, can be easily found at street vendors in the morning. In Vietnam, sticky rice is a common breakfast item that provides you with a boost of added energy. Originally, the dish only included steamed sticky rice that was colored by turmeric, fried shallots, and some mung bean paste. Nowadays, Xoi is offered with diverse types of meat, sausages, and eggs.
Goi Cuon - Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls
Goi Cuon, one of the must-try street foods in Vietnam, is very light and healthy. This dish is made with salad greens, a slither of meat or seafood, and a layer of coriander. All are neatly rolled in transparent rice paper and dipped in Vietnam's favorite condiment - fish sauce. Goi Cuon has a very fresh and nutritious taste, and you can eat as much as you want without gaining weight.
Che (Vietnamese sweet desert soup)
Vietnamese food is famous all over the world, from substantial bowls of Pho to flavorful Banh Mi, but the distinctive dessert recipes are kept a secret. And the most popular dessert in Vietnam is a sweet soup called Che, which is made with several types of beans, rice flour, coconut, and cornstarch. There are hundreds of different types of Che waiting for you to come to enjoy them.
Ca Phe Trung - Egg Coffee
Egg Coffee was invented over a century ago by a Barrista working at the Metropole Hotel in Hanoi. This coffee, made with egg yolk, coffee, condensed milk, and cinnamon powder, is more of a dessert than a drink. Egg Coffee is so creamy, sweet, and aromatic that it could be the greatest drink in Vietnam.
Banh Trang Nuong - Grilled Rice Paper
Banh Trang Nuong (also known as Vietnamese Pizza), is a new creation of street vendors by grilling a piece of rice paper and filling it with eggs, sausage, beef jerky, fried shallot, scallion oil, cheese, chili sauce, and mayonnaise. The dish is so crispy, full of flavor, and rich in all ingredients that make you addicted to it right after the first bite.
Banh Xeo - Crispy Vietnamese Crepe
Banh Xeo literally means sizzling cake in English due to the noise when cooking. This pancake is a combination of crispy crepe bulging with pork, shrimp, bean sprouts, and fresh herbs. To taste Banh Xeo in an authentic way, wrap a piece in a lettuce leaf with some fresh herbs, dip it into a bowl of the sweet-savory fish sauce and take a big bite. This is the ideal snack for a hot summer afternoon.
Com ga Hoi An
Com Ga Hoi An, or Hoi An chicken rice is a distinctive cuisine of the residents of Hoi An, a peaceful ancient town in the heart of Vietnam. The rice is seasoned with chicken broth, like with other chicken rice in Singapore or Malaysia, but at some places, Com Ga additionally includes a trace of turmeric in the rice, making it slightly brighter yellow than other chicken rice in the region. Of course, fresh greens and herbs are offered on the side. This gives the meal a fresh, healthy, and Vietnamese flavor. Don't forget to try it when you visit Vietnam.
These are just the 10 best-rated street foods in Vietnam that you should try when traveling here. If you wander around, you will see something even more fascinating. Let Viland Travel help you plan a wonderful vacation with the most unique culinary experiences in the S-shaped country!
- Friday, 10 February 2023
Top 8 must-dos in Vietnam
Vietnam, shaped like an S—long and narrow—offers a diverse range of adventures and landscapes, including megacities, white sand beaches, jade-green paddy fields, and soaring limestone peaks. In addition, the country has a wide range of regional specialties. The following list of the top 8 must-dos in Vietnam will inspire you to plan your once-in-a-lifetime trip and help you decide what to include on your Vietnam bucket list.
Enjoy the richness and diversity of Vietnamese cuisine.
Vietnamese cuisine is well-known throughout the world. I assume everyone has heard of Pho, right? When you visit Vietnam, the first thing on the top 8 must-do lists is to participate in a street food tour. It is among the best methods for learning about a nation's culture. The three largest cities in this nation to take food tours are Hanoi, Hoian, and Ho Chi Minh City. You will have the chance to observe and converse with locals during the tour to learn more about local culture and Vietnamese cuisine. If you book local professional tour guides, they will take you to locations that are not listed in any books.
In Hanoi, you can try Pho noodles, unique egg coffee, and local Bia; in Hoian, Banh Mi sandwiches, Mot drink, and Quang noodles; and in Ho Chi Minh City, broken rice and Hu Tieu Nam Vang. Vietnamese food is inexpensive and delicious, so don't pass up the opportunity to try it while you're here. Hanoi is not only the best place to go on a food tour but also a commercial, cultural, and political capital.
Learn about the unique cultures of the world heritage sites.
It's a regrettable thing to skip Hue during your vacation in Vietnam. Vietnam’s former capital, Hue, is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the most enjoyable activities in central Vietnam.
In Hue, there are numerous tourist attractions such as pagodas, tombs, and palaces. The most famous is Hue Imperial Citadel, which was the "house" of the Nguyen Royal Family, Vietnam's last dynasty. An impressive moat filled with water lilies surrounds the citadel grounds. Inside the citadel, you can walk around and admire various buildings in their original, restored, and damaged stages; carved gates; royal pavilions; the Flag Tower, and Royal Antiquities museums. If you like Vietnamese costumes, there is a photo opportunity where you can dress up like a king or queen.
Admire the breathtaking mountain landscapes
The Trang An landscape complex is one of the most beautiful places in Vietnam to admire the breathtaking mountain landscapes. This 6226-ha site, located in the south of Ninh Binh province and only 90 kilometers from Hanoi, is mostly flooded with rice fields. Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex was officially recognized as a Vietnamese landscape by UNESCO on June 25, 2014, based on three criteria: culture, beauty, and aesthetics, as well as geology and geomorphology. This is one of the few places on the planet where the natural landscape has remained untouched for 30,000 years. Trang An, with its long history and culture, possesses lyrical beauty and becomes the place where ancient sediments intersect with the Vietnamese people's wet rice civilization.
Of our top 8 must-dos in Vietnam, we highly recommend that Trang An is best visited between January and March since it is in springtime that brings a cool climate as well as plenty of green plants, which makes it ideal for viewing the majestic natural scenery here. This is also the season for many festivals in Trang An, the most notable of which is the festival for peace at Bai Dinh pagoda. The lotus season in Trang An blooms from April to June; during this time, there is little rain here, which will fascinate you at first sight. Ripe rice season lasts from May to August, and Trang An is surprisingly beautiful. This is the best time to go on a cruise to see Trang An Mountain and take many beautiful pictures with no filter needed.
Discover the magnificence of cave systems & Karst Terrain
Located in Halong City, Halong Bay has been designated a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site twice for its geology and geomorphology. As a result, visitors to Halong Bay should not pass up the opportunity to explore the grotto system there.
Halong Bay has many caves and islands due to its Karst terrain. These caves are a popular stop on the way to Halong Bay. Tourists are well-versed in some famous caves, such as the "Dau Go" cave, "Thien Cung" cave, and "Sung Sot" cave... The magical world of stalactites and stalagmites in various sizes and shapes will undoubtedly awe all visitors to the Creator's magnificent masterpieces.
Experience the chaos and grace of riding a motorbike
For any traveler who visits big cities like Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City, observing millions of motorbikes hustle on the streets during rush hours is an amazing and photography-worthy experience. But what makes riding motorcycles in Vietnam both horrific and adventurous at the same time is how it's systematically chaotic. You will see people riding on the wrong side of the road and in the wrong direction, motorbikes driving down the sidewalks, and riders who just don’t give a damn about traffic lights. You will also find yourself freaking out when walking across the street since no motorbike looks like it will stop to let you through.
With your trip while traveling and the assistance of the motorcycle, you will undoubtedly have more opportunities to meet with locals. They could be a street vendor, a police officer, or just a random person you ask for directions from on the street. In contrast to the scammers or agents who try to sell you their services, you will discover how genuine and helpful these people are. You can also talk to them and listen to their stories, which will provide you with new perspectives on local life and culture. That is why we have included motorbike riding as one of the top 8 must-dos in Vietnam for you.
Visit the beautiful countryside & encounter locals.
Sapa and the Mekong Delta are the two most well-known places to explore the countryside. Sapa is renowned for having some of Asia's most beautiful rice terraces. Sapa trekking is the best way to discover them. The Mekong Delta is also known as Vietnam's rice bowl. It is the most remote region, with many rice fields and fruit orchards. There are various ways to investigate them. Boat trips are among the most popular, but biking and hiking tours through the countryside are also enjoyable ways to explore the area.
In Hoi An, agriculture tours are the most popular. The countryside is only a 10-minute bike ride from this atmospheric old city. The rice fields are not as beautiful as those in northern Vietnam, but everything is much more accessible here. You don't have to travel far to enjoy some very enjoyable countryside and agricultural tours. You can, for example, learn to work in the fields and ride a buffalo.
Mu Cang Chai, Hoang Su Phi, and Bac Son Valley also have the most beautiful countryside tours. These destinations are off the beaten path and difficult to reach, so a countryside tour of these places will take you to the most authentic parts of Vietnam. Aside from stunning views, you'll learn more about local cultures, such as how minorities work in fields and how terraced rice fields are built.
Relax on pristine beaches with warm waters and tropical breezes.
If you need to unwind, relaxing on some spectacular beaches in Nha Trang is one of the best options on our list of the top 8 must-dos in Vietnam. Nha Trang is a lovely coastal town with a white sand beach and clear blue water. The two most beautiful beaches in Nha Trang are Nha Trang Beach and Bai Dai Beach. Nha Trang beach is home to many luxury hotels and resorts where you can build some pretty sandcastles or lie on pristine beaches, watch magnificent sunsets, and sip a coconut drink while listening to the sound of waves.
Bai Dai Beach is one of Nha Trang's beautiful white sandy beaches. It is a long, smooth sand beach with coconut lines swaying in the wind where you can fully relax and watch activities such as tug of war, beach volleyball, or soccer.
Explore open-air markets & floating markets.
In Vietnam, the Mekong Delta is a different world on the water. It is Vietnam's "rice bowl," with an incredible number of waterways. Floating houses, restaurants, and markets dot the rivers, canals, and streams of the Mekong Delta. Cai Rang, a floating market, is one of the largest wholesale floating markets in this region, selling a wide range of goods from fruits and vegetables to cosmetics, clothing, mobile cards, and gasoline...
When you visit this market early in the morning, you will not only be able to see colorful boats selling goods, but you will also have the opportunity to taste a variety of local fresh tropical fruits such as green mangos, pineapples, dragon fruits, oranges, coconuts, durians, etc., or enjoy the hot dishes served on the sampans. A bowl of traditional Crap Noodles, BBQ pork noodles, or even Banh Mi has a distinct Mekong flavor. The Cai Rang Floating Market opens early in the morning, so it's best to book a two-day, one-night Mekong Delta tour that includes an overnight stay in Can Tho province, followed by a visit to the market the next day.
If you are planning a trip to this beautiful country, here are some activities on the top 8 must-do lists in Vietnam. If you are unsure about which destination to choose, you can consult Viland Travel (PERFECT VIETNAM VACATION ) for more schedules or destinations.
- Friday, 10 February 2023
What are the differences between a private tour and a group tour?
Once you plan your dream trip, there is no doubt that you want to enjoy it to the fullest. Whether you share your vacation with family and friends or just yourself, there is nothing certain about the way to do it. However, there are some significant differences depending on which kind of trip you choose: a private tour or a group tour.
To assist you with a better understanding of each tour, this article will give you the answer to the question, "What are the differences between a private tour and a group tour?" And review the benefits and drawbacks of both to help with your decision. Look no further; dig into this article for more information.
What are the differences between a private tour and a group tour?
What is a private tour?
A private tour is a tour in which all the resources are exclusively designed for your use and the schedule is entirely customized for you. A private tour typically includes a personal tour guide, a private car of your choice, and a chauffeur.
Complete freedom and versatility
People prefer private tours to group excursions, mostly because they have more choices over their time. On a private tour, you can decide exactly what you want to do and when to start your trip. Additionally, you can change the schedule as you wish since you do not rely on anyone, as with a group trip, and you are the only one who understands what is best for your vacation.
Enjoy at your own pace
Have you ever been on a group trip and enjoyed a particular location, and then been forced to move on to meet the schedule of the group? If that is your concern, a private tour is a better choice. This is because you can move at your own pace and stay there anytime you want when taking a private tour. You can skip a place or activity if you don't like it and change to the one you love. On the other hand, you don't have to worry about time limitations or returning to the bus on time when you are completely enjoying a certain location or event when having a private trip.
Private tours provide you with the option of choosing your travel companions, as opposed to group excursions, which rely on buses packed with other tourists. Whether you're traveling alone, with family, or with friends, you can benefit from extra comfort and privacy. This also makes private trips the best option for special occasions like honeymoons, wedding anniversaries, or birthdays.
Special support and care
You will receive extra special care and support if you have your own personal guide and vehicle. This is especially useful if you are traveling with young children, senior family members, travelers with disabilities or special needs, or those who have medical difficulties. Your guide will only be concerned with you and your traveling companions' requirements since there won't be any other travelers to look after.
Due to the exclusivity, comfort, and individualized attention they provide, private excursions are typically thought to be significantly more expensive. This is partially true, as private tours can frequently cost more than group tours, but it's not always the case.
Booking a private tour instead of separately purchasing each seat on a group tour can be more cost-effective when traveling with family or friends.
Not great for meeting new people.
This choice is probably not a smart one if you're traveling alone and hoping to make friends with other people.
What is a group tour?
Group tours are public excursions that anyone can join to discover a new location with others. These trips typically include visitors from different nations who can communicate in a single language. They often offer a lower cost of participation since all resources are shared with many visitors. These kinds of tours are also a terrific way to make new friends while traveling.
Group excursions typically provide the most affordable choice for individuals on a limited budget. In a group tour, tourists can benefit from the savings brought about by sharing resources. It's important to keep in mind that this does rely on how many people are on the same tour.
Meet new friends.
Meeting new people while traveling alone is not always simple. Because of this, group tours may present a chance for you to interact with other travelers. Since group tours are open to anyone, they typically include a diverse group of people from all over the world who can communicate in an international language like English. It can also be a great way to introduce yourself and offer you something in common to talk about.
Follow a strict schedule
Group tours run by reputable travel companies are frequently well-designed and include the experiences that most visitors desire. They do, nonetheless, have a set schedule that must be adhered to.
This is done to make sure that the group as a whole, not just the individual, is satisfied. Group trips, therefore, feature set dates, hours, routes, and stop durations to guarantee that all activities stated are completed.
Share vehicles with other tourists.
In contrast to private tours, group tours do not provide you with a personal guide. Besides, group trips are obviously boring if you don't like to interact with strangers. Additionally, you'll need to share a vehicle with other passengers. Imagine being forced to wait for other tourists to get on the bus when you are itching to leave immediately. Therefore, don't expect them from group trips if you're searching for a private day tour with a comfy ride.
A group trip is not right for you if you get annoyed by these minor inefficiencies. You might want to think about taking a private tour instead.
So you can see, both group and private excursions can benefit you in some aspects. Which is best for you really depends on your travel companions and what you hope to gain from your vacation.
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