The Vietnamese are very welcoming and tolerant to foreign visitors. They are a proud race who went through a lot of trials in the past, yet have overcome them. Now, their country is one of the leading countries in Southeast Asia today. Their cultural traditions are complex, but knowing a little about them will help a traveler understand their ways and why they behave or do things in a certain manner.
The teachings of Confucius greatly influence the Vietnamese and the way they relate towards others. Confucianism puts an emphasis on duty, loyalty, honor, respect for age and seniority and sincerity—these are the reasons why Vietnamese life revolves around the family.
The Vietnamese family is made up of the nuclear and extended family. Upon visiting a typical Vietnamese home, it is not uncommon to find three generations living together under one roof. The father is the head of the family and the provider and protector, and everyone who lives in the home is expected to obey the head of the family. It is also a common sight to see little altars dedicated to departed family members, because descendants will worship their ancestors to ensure their good favor. That is how much family means to the Vietnamese. Continue reading “All You Need to Know About Etiquette in Vietnam”→
Vietnam has progressed greatly since the war and is now one of the top tourist destinations in Southeast Asia. Travelling and experiencing the best of this country can be done if you have a lot of time, say maybe two weeks, but what if you only have 7 days to spend here? Fear not, it’s possible. With some careful planning, you can enjoy a 7-day getaway that will expose you to the country’s major culture and entertainment destinations.
If you’re coming from another country, expect that your adventure will begin in Saigon, also known as Ho Chi Minh City, since this is where you’ll be arriving. Upon exiting the Tan Son Nhat International Airport, you’ll be greeted by the warm climate and the friendly smiles of the locals, and you just know that you’re going to have an awesome time. Continue reading “How to Experience the Best of Vietnam in 7 Days”→
Vietnam’s beauty attracts tourists all over the world throughout the whole year. It’s a treasure trove of old-world Eastern culture blended with modern attractions. It’s a land of ever-changing landscapes—one day you’re gazing at idyllic beaches packed with sunbathers, the next you’re marveling at wide swathes of rice fields and at the women who tend them, donning conical hats while they plant next season’s harvest. A few hours down the road and you’ll see sleek and imposing skyscrapers alongside ancient temples. Once you see all these, you just know that a Vietnam getaway is gonna be awesome. And it truly is!
If it’s your first time to visit Vietnam (or any country for that matter), it makes sense to learn about the country, its weather, its modes of transportation and of course, how to get there. Before you go, here are some things that you should know about the country so that you’ll have a smooth and hassle free time in Vietnam. Continue reading “Things You Need to Know Before Going to Vietnam”→