Vietnam – Prime Vacation Spot

Many may not think of Vietnam as their next prime vacation spot. You may think that this country usually attracts tourists that like to live out of their backpacks for an extended period. But that just isn’t the case. This country is a prime spot to plan your next trip. With amazing culture, beauty, cuisine, and adventure await you, why wait? Here are a few things that you can look forward to in Vietnam.

Made from the sap of the flowers of coconut trees, this ferments for 8 to 12 months before naturally turning into vinegar. This has a cloudy, white appearance and a slightly milder taste than apple cider vinegar and is used to add a touch of sweetness to salad dressings, marinades, soups and warm dishes.
This is a simultaneously sweet, savory, tangy and spicy sauce incorporating red chilies, garlic, ginger, sugar and vinegar. Could be used for dipping grilled meats, spring rolls, dumplings, potstickers, fried wontons, crab rangoon and just about anything else you can dream up.
Use these with lemongrass to create a delicious pork tenderloin skewer that is easy to make and will remind you of your favorite Vietnamese restaurant!

Floating markets and lanterns

Instead of taking things to the streets, Vietnam has spread out to the rivers. Want to get an authentic and unique shopping experience? Check out one of the many floating marketing throughout the country. Make sure you wake up early because the Vietnamese people open up shop often before the sun rises. You can also experience some unique beauty in the city of Hoi An. There are lantern festivals every full moon, and you can buy beautiful, brightly colored lanterns to set sail on the river. The celebrations also usually come with lots of street vendors, and food so don’t miss out on the party!

Floating markets
The Siagon to Hanoi

Street food meets Street Train in Hanoi

If you travel to Hanoi, you will find a bustling city that is full of life! The historic district is particularly appealing with its old buildings, winding alleyways, and hole in the wall shops everywhere. These are an ideal place to stop for a little bit of street food. Places to eat in Vietnam don’t always look like the restaurants that you may be used to. It could be a person’s home or a few stools on a sidewalk. But if you keep your eye out for the places that are frequented by the locals, you know you are going to find some delicious food. From Pho, spring rolls, to bahn mi there are always attractive options. You can also find a street in Hanoi that is entirely taken up by a train that travels through several times a day. This is an excellent spot for some pictures and to see a slice of life for the people that live and work there, you won’t be disappointed.

If you want to try your hand at Vietnamese food, please make sure to stop by Redlands Ranch Market. We have international ingredients from around the world and some key elements to make your favorite Vietnamese dishes!