No doubt about it, Southeast Asia is one of the top choices for travelers. Beautiful scenery, friendly people, and cheap food and accommodations make it a popular destination not just with backpackers, but with anyone who wants an affordable trip to paradise. As one of the less traditional stops on the so-called Banana Pancake Trail, Vietnam is quickly growing in popularity. Less touristy than Thailand, but still easy to navigate, Vietnam offers up the best of everything—great beaches, incredible food, fascinating history and the feeling that you’re in a place that’s not quite like anywhere else on earth.
Don’t hesitate in the streets. Vietnam’s traffic is notoriously intense, especially in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The key? Once you’ve started crossing, just keep going. Trust that motorbikes will weave behind you – if you hesitate, you’re more likely to cause an accident.
Eat, eat, eat! Vietnam is famous for its street food scene, and for good reason. The produce is fresh and every dish is seasoned with fragrant herbs. And don’t be afraid to venture away from the tourist restaurants. There are delectable finds on almost every city street—just be sure to avoid any place that doesn’t have running water or its own refrigeration system.