Exploring the Sights and Cuisine in Vietnam | The Guardian Nigeria News

Through Michel Bamidele

November 20, 2021 | 10:00 am

Vietnam is a country in Southeast Asia. Located at the eastern end of mainland Southeast Asia, it covers 311,699 square kilometers and has a population of over 96 million; it is the fifteenth most populous country in the world. Its capital is Hanoi and its largest city is Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). One of the biggest draws in Vietnam …

Vietnam is a country in Southeast Asia.

Located at the eastern end of mainland Southeast Asia, it covers 311,699 square kilometers and has a population of over 96 million; it is the fifteenth most populous country in the world. Its capital is Hanoi and its largest city is Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).

One of Vietnam’s strongest attractions is the diversity of its natural beauty and landscapes.

Places

The Tu Lan cave system

The Tu Lan cave system is a complex network of 10 caves amid dense jungle, rocky slopes and underground rivers. It is about 70 km from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. Its otherworldly landscape featured it as a backdrop in the blockbuster Kong: Skull Island (2017). The caves can be explored on one, two, three and four day tours with Oxalis.

Halong Bay

Hạ Long Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular travel destination in Quảng Ninh Province, Vietnam. The bay is dotted with 1,600 limestone islands and islets and covers an area of ​​over 1,500 m². The best way to go is on an overnight cruise. Mornings are spent watching the sunrise, practicing tai chi, or visiting caves. The afternoon is spent swimming, kayaking or simply relaxing on the sun terrace.

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Mỹ Sơn is a group of abandoned and partially ruined Hindu temples in central Vietnam, built between the 4th and 14th centuries by the kings of Champa, an Indianized kingdom of the Cham people. The temples are dedicated to the worship of the god Shiva, known by various local names, the most important of which is Bhadreshvara. The Mỹ Sơn temple complex is considered one of the major Hindu temple complexes in Southeast Asia and is the main such heritage site in Vietnam. One of the largest caves in the world, and certainly the largest in Vietnam, is Hang Son Doong. About three million years old, Hang Son Doong Cave is an incredible destination unlike anywhere else on the planet. The cave is huge and it is possible for dozens of people to camp there at once. Bright blue water pools are located in the cave and a river runs through it.

Food

Travel through Vietnam and you will find that tastes and dishes vary from north to south. In the capital, locals can have lunch on bún chả with slices of pork belly, while the Saigonese wolf bánh xèo (crispy pancakes) rolled with greens and dipped in a sweet and sour fish sauce. In the ancient imperial city, the meaty bún bò Huế is a breakfast favorite, while in Hội An you can’t beat a bowl of tasty cao lầu noodles for a quick snack.

Pho

Considered the national dish of Vietnam, Pho is a soup dish consisting of broth, rice noodles, herbs and meat (usually beef), sometimes chicken. Pho is a popular food in Vietnam where it is served in households, street stalls and restaurants across the country.

Chả ca

Chả cá is a Vietnamese grilled fish dish, originally from Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. The oily catfish is marinated in spices and grilled, then tossed with lots of spring onions and dill over high heat right at the table. Eating chả cá in Hanoi is an experience in itself. The most important part of a good chả cá is the marinade. The original recipes have been kept a secret in family restaurants for generations.

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