It’s been nearly a year since I stepped foot onto Vietnamese soil but the seemingly endless coastline of fresh herbs, lemongrass and mint have yet to escape my senses. Vietnam is an incredible country with decades of political and social turbulence yet it still offers a compelling experience to anyone who visits today. Vietnam is a place where one will witness nature’s creation on an epic scale, from soaring mountains to blankets of green rice fields, sleepy floating villages, and bold sea coastlines.
Begin on the bustling streets of Saigon in the south where thousands of motor bikers weave through non-existent lanes- in no particular direction. Journey from the central to the north to discover new energies in Nha Trang, Hoi An, and Hanoi. Cruise on a dhow boat through 2,000 breathtaking limestone karsts in Halong Bay, or shop for inexpensive textiles and design your own outfit for ten bucks. In Vietnam, you can expect your money to go extremely far.
Above all things, upon your visit to Vietnam the top ‘must do’ on your list should be to immerse yourself in Vietnam’s flavorful and mouth-watering cuisines. Awaken your senses and explore the sight, the smell, the touch and taste of this country’s food markets and exotic line up of noodles, soups, wraps, sticky rice, fish, pork and other unusual meats. Vietnamese food is famous for its’ colour, freshness, flavor, and balance between, sweet, spicy, sour, and citrus. Vietnamese chefs like to refer to their cooking as “the nouvelle cuisine of Asia.” With confidence like that it’s no wonder why Vietnam has one of the healthiest cuisines on the planet!
Over the next few days, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite Vietnamese discoveries from amazingly beautiful dishes to ‘unusual’ meats. The next few reads are bound to make your mouth water… or your guts churn.. -tnoely