What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about Vietnam? Rice fields? Conical hat? The War? A T-shirt? This is less the real picture in our modern times. Those are the stereotypes kept being passed by generations of the world citizens. However that doesn’t exist in the minds of the youth, teens, and kids. The blessing of living in the internet era is the ease of access to any information you can imagine. Yes, Vietnam was about rice fields mainly, but it is not anymore. Now it is about the very same benefits and problems as any other country.
Cities in Vietnam are struggling with traffic jams, the sales of luxury cars soars, the airports are bigger and bigger, and the internet is everywhere. Vietnam is in the center of Asian development, and it is doing fine.
It is a kind of funny experience to see the faces of the first timers to Vietnam, especially the older ones. Surprised, astonished, and amazed.
Vietnam is not a straw hut third world country anymore. Last 30 years is a story of rapid development, market based economy, rise of the middle class, and information technology becoming a layer cementing the social core.
Of course the biggest change is the awareness and the mindset of Vietnamese. This allows the tourism to grow as the infrastructure and the offer meet demands of travelers, and allows them to focus on the true beauty and attractions of Vietnam.
The image of Vietnam is finally changing, thanks to the internet, thanks to the positive travelers opinions, thanks to the fact that Vietnam has really much more to offer than just a conical hats.
Vietnam one of the best cuisines in the word. Really. Ask Anthony Bourdain about Vietnam.
Vietnam has some of the last places on earth untouched and unspoiled.
Vietnam has so many natural wonders, that it is almost impossible to see them all in one month even.
Vietnam is a tourist friendly place. It is so much different from what we have back home.
Yes it is not perfect, but the good things are much more common that those we should avoid.
Vietnam finally is a truly refreshing experience. It makes us think, analyze and restate the way we think about the outside world. This is probably the main reason we travel, the main tool of our self-development and the constant progress of civilization.
Welcome to Vietnam!