A world unlike that of Australia, a Vietnam travel experience is something often described as surreal and totally different. Regardless of where you start, the street is likely to be the first place you go, and there’s a great reason: it’s the colourful entrance to the amazing world that Vietnam is, and a total feast for the senses.
Whether you’re walking through the humidity heaped streets or running for cover from the rain in Ho Chi Minh City, the streets are filled with scents and flavours set to tantalise, be it a tasty hot pho bursting with the flavours of beef and spice, or the celebrated banh mi, Vietnamese rolls packed with pork, coriander, pate, and soy.
Finding these isn’t hard, either. Simply let your nose do the walkin down the aromatic aisles, before setting sight on the menu that says either of those words, or just watch what other buyers are getting, and point and pay!
And if you’re feeling like you’re keen to try something slightly different, look for nem chua (fermented pork roll), trung vit lon (full-formed dark egg), and finish it up with a cup of ca phe trung (coffee with egg foam on top). It’s an experience that’ll make every Vietnam holiday more interesting, and give you a taste for the indelible and absolutely edible fusion that Vietnamese cooking brings to the table.