What to do in Vietnam in December?

Nga Do
Rather than doing what everybody else seems to do on their winter holidays, and going somewhere like Spain or Greece, and spending most of your holiday, hung over, sun burnt, and tired, how about this year, you try somewhere different? There's more to a holiday than just alcohol and hot sandy beaches. Whether you're a fan of sunshine and beaches or not, how about just for one year, you try something new? If we've peaked your interest, then the historical, culturally rich, and beautiful country of Vietnam, could be exactly what you're looking for perfect holiday. If you do decide to visit Vietnam, then here are some things to help make your trip most memorable in December, and one that you'll remember for the rest of your life.

Take cruise down the Mekong River

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The Mekong River stretches throughout southern Vietnam, before making its way out to sea. A cruise down the Mekong River is ideal for those amongst you who happen to enjoy taking in natural beauty spots, and let's face it, on holiday we all do. You'll make your way gently down the river, and will be able to take in natural beauty spots such as ancient villages, rice fields, thick lush jungle, and various animals and wildlife scattered throughout the area.

Snap some great pictures for your portfolio

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Vietnam has been described as a photographer's dream location when it comes to snapping photographs and pictures of natural beauty. Many people keen on photography, either amateur or professional, look for locations that push the boundaries of realism that express things perfectly without even stating a word. Vietnam is ideal for keen photographers who may be looking to find that one picture that truly captures the essence of life itself. It's a war torn country with rich traditions and cultural values, and in a world growing increasingly independent on computers and technology, many of the locations prove that everyday life is still very much possible without trivial devices such as computers.

Visit the city of Hoi An

Hoi An is an ancient trading city that is littered with stunning looking beaches and unique cafes and restaurants. It is an ideal location for those of you who happen to wish to get a better understanding of Vietnam's rich culture and history. It actually translates into English as "peaceful meeting place" so that alone should give you an idea of how tranquil and beautiful this location actually is. There are just over 120,000 people currently residing in the city and it is a UNESCO world heritage site. Many of the buildings and architecture in the area reflect beautifully, the hardships and difficulties that the region has had to endure over the years, yet it is majestic, tranquil, and beautiful all at the same time.

Indulge in (all) the street food

You don’t have to throw that diet away when you’re travelling in Vietnam. Vietnamese cuisine is considered one of the healthiest cuisines in the world. Order any meal on the street and you will see fresh ingredients, minimal use of dairy and oil, and a selective array of fragrant herbs and meats.

If you’re a baguette lover, rejoice! One of the Vietnamese specialities is a dish known as Bánh mì (or banh mi), a crispy baguette sandwich stuffed with layers of meat, parsley and aromatic herbs topped with some creamy mayonnaise. You will find dozens of pushcarts selling Bánh mì all over Vietnam, so you’ll definitely have a chance to try it.

Must try in winter: Vietnamese Coffee

With your new trusty Vespa scooter in hand, scoot on down to the many Vietnamese cafes to try this cup of goodness.

Many say you aren’t a true coffee connoisseur until you’ve tried Vietnamese coffee. Served just about anywhere in the country, Vietnamese coffee can be indulged hot or cold. In a country that takes its coffee VERY seriously, your first sip of joe will make your soul sing throughout the winter! Since most non-touristy cafes and eateries don’t have English menus, it’ll come in handy if you learn to identify what coffee to order. Here are some basics:

Cà phê sữa đá: Iced coffee with sweetened condensed milk
Cà phê đen đá: Iced black coffee
Cà phê sữa nóng: Hot coffee with sweetened condensed milk
Cà phê đen nóng: Hot black coffee

A note of caution for readers who enjoy their coffee black: Most places in Vietnam serve black coffee with several teaspoons of sugar, unless otherwise stated. If you thoroughly enjoyed the coffee, we have some good news for you! Many cafes have a massive stock of Vietnamese coffee and they will gladly sell it to customers. So if you like the coffee, be sure to bring it back home!

Now that you’ve seen all these wonderful activities that can be done in Vietnam during December, what are you waiting for? Pack your December wear, bring an empty stomach and head on over!

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