Riding the Mekong Delta in Southern Vietnam [SOURCE]
If you are planning a trip to Vietnam in the near future, you will likely be looking for some ways to have the most authentic experience. After all it only makes sense to do justice to such an interesting country; of course there is the legacy of the war, but there is much for you to discover about modern Vietnam too.
That is why you should separate your time between the cool mountain regions, emerald green waters and soft white beaches with some time in the towns and villages.
When it comes to towns and villages, there is really only one fool-proof way to get the experience that you are craving, and that is by trying the local cuisine. It really is an infusion of culture for all of your five senses.
So get yourself down to the street markets and get involved! Here are a few tips on how to do it...
Spend a Day or Two With the Locals
Negotiations at the Fish Market in Vietnam [SOURCE]
As a tourist in a country such as Vietnam, it can be a bit overwhelming when you first arrive; that is why many people follow other tourists. Yet you could be missing out on amazing eateries with that attitude, so sign up for a private tour in Vietnam run by a local.
They will show you where all of the best places to eat are, and might even bring you to have a home cooked meal with their family.
Alternatively you could opt for a tasting tour such as “The Last Great Taste of Hoi An” - all of the stalls and sellers have been verified by a nutritionist which is important to some nervy Westerners.
Follow the locals to the Nearest Street Market
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