Every country has its own unique identity.
A lot leave you impressed, others can make you question why you decided to take on the trip in the first place. The fact that a simple act of stepping in a foreign soil can bring various types of ‘feels’ is one thing that makes travelling a worthwhile experience.
And recently, we at Happy Cup Soul, made the decision to brave Vietnam’s busy streets and active city lifestyle for the sheer thought of experiencing ‘something different.’ And perhaps see for ourselves how this neighbor country behave compared to our own (Philippines.)
To be honest, both Ho Chi Minh (popularly known as Saigon) and Hanoi, the capital city, aren’t that much different. Well, there are stark differences of course, but nothing entirely new.
However, these 3 things standout everywhere in the country, and yes you’re in Vietnam if you feel them rule your daily lifestyle!
You’ll see lots of buses, taxis and cars around the main cities but nothing beats motorbikes in terms of population. We don’t have the exact number but watching any corner will tell you who the real king is!
Motorbikes are a big thing in Vietnam and crossing the streets can be a challenge! It’s not enough to put your focus on stop lights, though of course it’s encouraged.
A rule of thumb: Look at all directions before you cross.
For someone who’s used to eating ‘rice meals,’ I felt like my weight significantly reduced on my six-day stay in Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi. You’ll find rice meals on various restaurants but local food shops and stalls mostly offer ‘Poh,’ a local cuisine and other food variety with vegetables, herbs and spices placed on top of the main course.
With this diet, no wonder why you’ll see petite locals around!
I can say with full honesty that if there’s one reason why I’ll go back to Vietnam, it would be their top-grade coffee.
You’ll never find a street in central city that doesn’t have any cafe on it. Being a major coffee exporter, we saw how serious Vietnam is when it comes to this beverage. From a wide selection of Arabica and Robusta beans up to the variety of tea flavors, anyone can live days, and weeks trying out a different choice every day!
There’s so much more to discover while you’re strolling around the city streets. It’s a pity we didn’t get the chance to explore its provinces but we’ll be there hopefully soon!
What’s your initial impression in Vietnam? And which do you like better, Ho Chi Minh or Hanoi? Let’s hear your experience down on the comments!