When people think of Vietnam they normally envisage scenes from War movie such as Platoon, Full Metal Jacket & Apocalypse Now etc. However, after a long & bitter War, Vietnam is fast becoming Pearl of the Orient!
Vietnam is one of the most beautiful countries in South East Asia, with stunning landscapes, lush paddy fields, ethnic cultures, idyllic beaches & chaotic yet dynamic & charming cities.
With Vietnam’s long history of colonisation & War, there is a mixture of Eastern & Western influences whether it be in the guise of Chinese or French food or architecture, yet Vietnam is still very much Vietnam in its own right. The delicious food also signifies Vietnam’s personality; aromatic, gentile, strong & spicy!
The language is tonal & even the sounds of the traffic has its own language. It is truly amazing to see the amount of motorbikes & how one motorbike can hold so many people or transport such huge & sometimes strange objects! Crossing the road is certainly something you need to learn as the Vietnamese do not stop, instead they just ride or drive around you.
The spirit of the old & modern co exists in a country that is fast moving & developing in tourism. You will see a lot of beautifully preserved old colonial buildings, temples & Pagodas intermingled with modern ones.
With a population of over 86 million, Vietnam is ranked as the 13th most populous country in the world! Despite a huge population, you will always find children & people making time to say “hello” and you will certainly feel welcomed with open arms & warm smiles!
We hope this information page will help you to consider, not only volunteering in Vietnam to help the children we support but also to tour around our beautiful country on your time off & get to interact with the locals, culture & stunning landscapes that Vietnam has to offer, as well as enjoy the delicious food!