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For many people, Vietnam is still associated with images of war rather than holiday fun, but that was all a long time ago and the country of today has a lot to offer as a vacation destination. If you want proof of this, the fact that top holiday tour companies now offer Vietnam tour options should be all the evidence you need. Indeed, the country can be a particularly good choice for a solo trip for a number of reasons. 3 of the reasons given to you right now:
1. Bustling Street Markets
A downside of travelling on your own for some can be the prospect of eating alone in a restaurant. However in Vietnamese cities like Ho Chi Minh that doesn’t need to be an issue.
This metropolis is home to bustling markets full of street food stalls and vans. They are really cool places for sampling the finest in local delicacies. All while being surrounded by local colour and nightlife. You’re exposed to many authentic dishes like the goi cuon spring rolls and the rice noodle soup (known as pho) for the first time. The markets are so full of life you won’t feel alone.
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2. You can explore at your own pace
While it can be fun to travel with a partner or as a member of a group, it can also sometimes be frustrating to have to compromise on the schedule. Vietnam is full of natural glories, such as the stunning rice fields that make the rural district of Hoang Su Phi an unmissable destination.
These fields and the mountains that surround them will let you witness an older way of life in Southeast Asia. They are a stark contrast from the urban areas in terms of aesthetics and vibes. The tranquil beauty that they offer is best meditated on at your own leisure. Boredom from others or need to put thought into other people’s interests will not be a big issue..
3. It is very safe
Safety is often an issue that you have to consider if you are travelling alone, especially if you are a woman. Although Vietnam is rated as being one of the safest places to visit for solo wanderers. Whether you are backpacking through its jungles or seeking out city sights like Hanoi’s Confucian Temple of Literature, there is no reason to feel intimidated on your own in Vietnam.
At worst, you may encounter someone persistently trying to sell something to you or a pickpocket, but as long as you don’t flash your money around carelessly there is little you have to worry about. As with anywhere, though, it’s always best to stay vigilant and take precautions.
As you can see, Vietnam has a great deal to recommend it as a place to go exploring on your own, whether you prefer to spend your time in the big cities like Hanoi or venturing out into the countryside to experience a slower, more traditional way of living. It is a safe place to visit and its street food markets ideally suit solo travellers. Remember to do your research before you go though – you may want to avoid visiting during the rainy season!
What are your impressions on Vietnam? Have you visited the country before? If so What other reasons that make it an ideal destination for travelling solo. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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