Vietnam is one of the hottest, most exciting countries in the world for travelers to explore. If you’re a tourist in Vietnam and want to go on a meet-the-locals tour then look no further than this article, in which we will give a quick run-down of some of the best places for you to meet Vietnamese locals and learn about their culture, how the day-to-day life is like in the rural areas and much more!
Sapa (known locally as Sa Pa) is one of Vietnam’s most famous and most northern trekking destinations. Nearby Fan Si Pan Mountain rises 3,143 meters above sea level, making it the tallest point in Vietnam. Sapa is a tourist town. As such it’s got a surprising range of food on offer ranging from French inspired high-end dining to some downright exceptional local cuisine. Participating in a cooking class is a great way to get a local taste of wherever you venture. This certainly holds true for Sapa travel as well. It’s also important to note that local women will often follow your group and offer assistance crossing rivers or carrying belongings in an effort to sell you souvenirs (most often purses and bracelets) or earn a tip. If you are not interested in buying, it’s best to be firm at the start and basically send them away instead of doing so after 6km of hiking together!
Located along the coast in the central region of Vietnam, Hoi An is a quaint, historic city characterized by its unique blend of Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, and French architecture, a throwback to the city’s past as an important commercial trading port from the 15th to 18th centuries.
Here in Hoi An, the streets of the Ancient Town are lined with shops and cafes all painted in cheerful shades of yellow. Multi-colored lanterns sway in the breeze over every shopfront and every street. Instead of motorcycles which dominate the roads outside the Ancient Town, here you’re more likely to find people lazily peddling along on bicycles or simply walking from place to place. Add in the sporadic appearance of a number of ancient temples, pagodas, and old homes full of character, and you have yourself a place you could easily spend days wandering around in and taking photos.
You can’t miss the Night Market in Hoi An. Located across the river in An Hoi, the lanterns are the star of the show here. Hanging overhead by the thousands and displayed in shops for sale, their colorful glow creates a delightful ambiance as you wander through the shops selling everything from silk products to tasty banh mi sandwiches.
Mai Chau is an attractive destination not only to international tourists to Vietnam but to domestic travelers as well. Come to Mai Chau is to come to a laid-back northern village of Thai people, to be a part of a culture, a way of life so different from where you’re from. Mai Chau Valley has some serious draws for a trekking tour or cycling tour: green rice fields, mountains in the backdrop, gently flowing streams The dirt roads of Mai Chau won’t be a challenge and you can always stop to rest and admire the scenery. Get into the ethnic village to enjoy their hospitality, their authentic way of life and of course, the food.
You can find at Lac Village a fairly large range of cheaper options for homestay.
This is one activity you can save up money and at the same time, interact with local Thai family. The houses of Thai people are traditional stilt houses with 2-storey structure, the first floor for keeping livestock and the second floor is the family’s living space. The destination owns high elevation and extensive ranges of the tropical evergreen forest-the peaceful home for many floral and faunal species.Besides, you will have chances of meeting kind-hearted & friendly local ethnics of Thai & Muong long-time living there, getting to know their authentic life style & interesting cultures. A vast valleys are the home to many ethnic hill tribes, offering you many scenic trekking routes to conquer. While trekking in the nature reserve, you just enjoy sightseeing pure natures spotlighted with the magic hill, colorful terraced rice field, and poetic hamlet with very friendly locals.