Have you ever been on a 14-hour train? Tomorrow, that’s just what I’ll be doing! I will go from Mui Ne, a beachside town to a traditional Vietnamese city. Vietnam is a very interesting country with tourist attractions, war memorials, and fantastic food.
The country of Vietnam has very interesting history, and one of the most major events of the 20th century was the Vietnam War. The Vietnam War happened because the country was split into Communist and Democratic. Communism ruled the north and Democracy controlled the south. The north wanted more territory so it attacked the south. The U.S. decided to help because they wanted to end Communism. The war lasted for 18 years and is the longest war the U.S.A. has ever participated in. Even with massive help from the U.S., the south lost. The main problems with Communism are no freedom and everyone gets the same amount of money. So the person that works really hard gets the same amount of money as the person that doesn’t do anything. So everyone is lazy and thus everyone is poor. Luckily, those rules have changed since then. Vietnam is still communist, but the government is not as strict.
In SE Asia, almost everyone is Buddhist. In Vietnam, though, only 50% are Buddhist. Another 40% is in a branch of Christianity. Unlike Japan, no one is Shinto. It is unlike Cambodia too because 95% of everyone in Cambodia is Buddhist. In Vietnam, everyone speaks Vietnamese though many speak English and a few speak French.
The people of Vietnam are nice, but busy. Everyone is continuously striving for money but only a tiny percentage of people will pickpocket or commit other stealthy crimes. Violent crimes are even less common. Most people are poverty stricken, but Vietnam is one of the fastest growing economies in the world so hopefully that won’t be a big problem for long. Most people only own a small hole-in-the-wall businesses or a stand.
Vietnam has quite a few tourists in it. Visitors are especially attracted to the bustling cities of Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. Hanlong Bay and its long coastline are magnificent. Mui Ne is a lovely beachside town. Hoi An is a small busy riverside town. All these awesome cities make it perfect for any traveler.
Vietnamese cuisine is wondrous and tasty. Here is a list of the top three must-eats:
No list would be the complete without “Pho”, the noodle that is the taste of Vietnam. It is traditional noodle soup with beef and spices.
Delicious, tasty and everywhere, these delectable flavors are amazing with traditional, edible rice paper outsides.
Introduced by the Chinese more than 500 years ago, a hot pot is a pot simmering with broth. In front of you, servers place dishes of many seafood, meat and veggies.
Vietnam is a delightful country with a lot of rich, cool heritage. It is a tourist attraction with a lot of beaches and bustling cities. Best of all, the cuisine is wonderful. I am excited to explore this wonderful land in South-East Asia. Everyone should explore this awesome place some time in their life.