Know before you go Vietnam
Dong Van Plateau
The Dong Van Plateau was designated by UNESCO in 2010 as the first Geopark in Vietnam and the second in Southeast Asia. The 2,530 km2 (1,572 square miles) of protected area extends over dark woods and long winding paths between Quan Ba, Yen Minh, Dong Van and Meo Vac. During a visit you can walk endlessly and taste local delicacies in the mountain villages.
Fansipan (Phan Xi Pang)
The Fansipan is the highest mountain in all of Vietnam and Indochina, reaching 3,143 meters high. For ecotourists this so-called "roof of Indochina" is an absolute must because of its diverse flora and fauna. One can challenge themselves to multi-day-hikes or enjoy the view of the mountain on a walk through the valleys below. On these walks one passes through small villages with friendly inhabitants that show concern for the walker’s well-being.
The Little Nap in Between
A little power nap after lunch is encouraged in many companies. As “efficient” Americans, we may chuckle the first time we see it scheduled on the Vietnamese company’s agenda...and again when returning from lunch, as the office lights are dimmed and everyone puts their head on their desk and takes a nap for twenty minutes.
Phở - Vietnamese Noodles
The Vietnamese noodle soup Phở is a traditional dish, especially common in Hanoi and the surrounding region. It is a broth served with cooked pasta and a small amount of chicken or beef. Optionally, the dish is spiced with soy sauce, pepper, lemon juice, fish sauce and chilli sauce. It is interesting how Phở seems to occur in other variations. You will see it as a soup, then a spring roll and then as a salad - different presentations with the same basic ingredients.