Vietnam is becoming a very popular travel destination. People put Vietnam on their itinerary for 2 main reasons: traveling to Vietnam is a great deal for budget-conscious tourists and when they arrive in Vietnam they are greeted by great hosts.
Air tickets to Vietnam are good deals if you shop. You can be in Ho Chi Minh City (known as Saigon for Vietnamese in the south) from the west coast of the United States in less than 19 hours, which includes an hour and a half layover .
Domestic transportation is cheap! An open circuit bus ticket from Saigon to Hanoi costs less than $ 30.00 and you can see some of the most beautiful scenery imaginable. Don't want to take the bus? Comfortable trains and fast planes are available. A two-hour flight from Saigon to Hanoi costs about $ 100.
Tourist hotels are cheap and welcoming. The staff are helpful and courteous. You can travel from city to city without reservation and always find suitable accommodation.
As mentioned before, the scenery is fabulous – from misty mountains for lush rice fields to sunny beaches. Vietnam is home to 5 UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Halong Bay. Bring 2 cameras – you'll probably be wearing one.
I saved the best for last. Vietnamese cuisine is great. Most restaurants still get their daily rates fresh from the local market. Fresh herbs, spices, vegetables and local meat make great meals. Seafood and chicken dishes are specialties, as well as those based on pork and beef. Vietnamese food is light and tasty at the same time. An oriental and somewhat French influence creates the right blend for the Western palate.
Do not hesitate to put Vietnam in your travel plans. You will not be sorry. And you will not forget.