Updated: Nov 5, 2021
Vietnam is an incredibly complex, fascinating country to visit. But it can also be overwhelming if it is your first time traveling there. Planning an upcoming trip? Check out the following tips for a less stressful, more authentic experience.
DO: Try the street food!
I ate the street food everywhere from the Mekong Delta to the center of Hanoi, and was never disappointed. I know this can be a bit intimidating if you’re not accustomed to sitting in tiny chairs at tiny tables on the sidewalk and eating bowls full of who-knows-what served by a woman that could be your great grandmother. But if the locals are eating it, chances are it’s really good...and very affordable.
Note-While many dishes are centered around meat, there are some vegetarian and vegan options (think tofu, vegetables, rice, spring rolls). When in doubt, go for a steaming bowl of rice and veggies. It never disappoints.
DON'T: Use credit cards if you can use cash.
Vietnam is a cash country, and making transactions with credit cards