Why Vietnam is one of the country you should visit?

 

 

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(Photo was taken at Con Dao Resort, at Con Dao island)

Vietnam is a country that forms an S line in the Southeast Asia. It is on the border with China, Cambodia and Thailand. When I was there for a month visiting my relatives, I was totally amazed by the landscape of my homeland. Also it was a bit of culture shock for me when people treat me much more differently than in Hungary. In this article I would like to write down some points why you should visit Vietnam.

Interesting places to see

Vietnam has many exciting islands that make you feel like you are in Hawaii. So if you want to relax in an extraordinary place, then these islands are your best choice. My favourite one is Con Dao Island in the south.
With many Buddhism pagoda in the country, you can get an insight of the Vietnamese’s connection to Buddha.
The scene of the green rice field in countryside will bring you to a natural beauty of the nature. If you are interested in culture, then you can also get to know some of ethnic minorities who live in Vietnam (for example: in Sapa), so you can understand why our accent is so different in different places.

Warm-hearted locals

The Vietnamese are really warm-hearted and hospitable. Sometimes for the westerners it might be a bit strange that the Vietnamese come so close to them, but it doesn’t have any offense meaning. It’s just their personal distance is smaller than the westerners’. At first it might be a bit awkward, but when you get use to it, you can feel the warm hospitability of the Vietnamese.

You never get hungry

You can find food in every street and most of them are traditional Vietnamese food, like Pho, Spring Roll, Bun Cha. You can taste various famous, traditional Vietnamese food, without spending too much money on your meal. Also if you don’t like fast foods you won’t find many of them in Vietnam, since there are many other food which is healthier and more delicious.

Affordable place

Vietnam is not an expensive place. If you come here from a Western country, you will be surprised by the prices here, since everything is cheaper than in the West. You might find yourself to be a rich one here in Vietnam. Also it is a convenient place, because whenever something goes wrong, like your shoes have a hole or your vehicle breaks down in the middle of the road, you can always find repair shop nearby. You can buy textil materials to make your own clothes as well, and they are all with an affordable price.

Different culture in one country

There are 54 ethnic minorities who live in Vietnam, in different area. So for example when you visit Sapa, you will find yourself facing with Hmong people wearing an unusual traditional clothes.  You will have a chance to meet people from different ethnic also. This is also one of the reason that Vietnam has so many dialect.

Even the Vietnamese can’t understand each other

It’s not about they can’t agree on things, but more likely because of the dialect. Vietnam has many dialects, that even the local can’t understand it. There are dialect in the North, in the Central and in the South of Vietnam. Usually people use different words in the South and in the North. And you almost cannot understand the dialect that is used in the Central Vietnam. But that’s what makes Vietnam outstanding from the other Asian countries.

 

What to see in Budapest?

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Budapest is the capital city of Hungary, situated in Central Europe. It is divided into two side (Buda and Pest) by the Danube. With it’s not too modern nor too ancient style, Budapest makes tourists feel free and relaxed while they spend their holiday here. Here are few tourist attractions that I recommend everybody to visit it, while they are here.

Buda Castle district

Located in the mountain, at the other end of Chain Bridge, in the district, you can find the famous Royal Palace and the Fishermen Bastion. It’s a relaxing place where you can walk around, taste traditional Hungarian food and in the evening you can see the Budapest’s nightview which is really breathtaking. Suitable place for couples who want to spend time together in a calm, silent place.

Gellért Hill

Named after Saint Gerard, who was thrown to death from the hill by the pagans. You can see the Statue of Liberty on the hill and the Citadella. At the bottom of the hill there is a Gellert square and you can find the Gellert thermal bath and the Gellert Hotel on the square.

Margaret Island

Named after Saint Margaret, who lived and died on the island. She is a daughter of Béla IV, king of Hungary during the House of Árpád. The island is situated in the middle of Danube between Árpád Bridge and Margaret Bridge. Margaret island is a good place to walk around in a totally green area, far from the noise of the city. Here you can find the Palatinus swimming pool, a tiny zoo, a Water Tower, Music Fountain, that in the night it changes it’s colour, the Music Well and the statue of The Centennial Memorial.

Kossuth square

If you want to visit some historical monument of Hungary, then you should pass by Kossuth square. It is in the Pest side, near to the Danube. You can find the Parliament here, which up to now is the largest and highest building in Budapest. On the bord of the Danube you will find the shoes statues that were built in memorial of the Jewish that were killed during the war.

Váci utca

It’s a main pedestrian street, where you can find a lot of shop like Bershka, Stradivarius, H&M, New Yorker. It also features many restaurant, cafés, souvenir shops. The street opens to Vörösmarty square, where in winter there is a Christmas market here. It is also near to the Danube.

Heroes square

Situated at the end of Andrássy street, a famous street with popular brandnames like Gucci, Louis Vuitton. On the square you can see the heroes who found Hungary in the Carpathian Basin and the other famous person of Hungary on two colonnades, each with seven stautes. In the middle of the square, Gabriel archangel is shown on a high Column.
Behind the square there is City Park, where you can find the famous Széchenyi thermal bath, The Circus and The Zoo. You can buy many street food and souvenirs here.

Normafa

If you want to go for hiking while spending your holiday in Budapest then you don’t need to go far to find place for a little excursion. Situated in 12. district, near to the Budai mountain, you can get here by bus from Széll Kálmán square. It’s a mountainous place, from where you can see Budapest busy area. It’s an exciting place since inside the busy city, there is green area where you can get yourself out of the busy ordinary day.

These are the main tourist attraction of Budapest that I recommend to everyone to visit it when you are here. Though it is a capital city, but you can still find the relaxing atmosphere here due to the combination of the city and the green area at one place.

 

What is the difference between America, Europe and Asia?

Up to now I had a chance to put my foot on three continents in the world. In this article I would like to write about my experiences that I gained during my travelling and living in these three places. This is only a general comparison of these three continents that I noticed, all from my own opinion. It may vary in different country and also city.

At first meet

In Europe people remain a bit of large distance, because there personal area is big. At first sight, they seem to be a cold, hard to approach, they say Hi with handshaking. But later when you get to know them better, you will find them OK and by that time they say hi, with kissing you on the cheek. But in Mediterran country, people keep a small distant even at first time meeting. Like in Spain they kiss on the cheek at first meet.

In America people also keep the distance at first, depending on places, but sometimes they might come to you with a warm-welcoming hug. In America people welcome you with hugging or handshaking. Kissing on the cheek might lead to some awful misunderstanding especially if it’s a man with woman. They might think that you love them.

In Asia, also depending on the country, but they have a formal way of saying Hi. Usually they bow when they say Hi to someone, especially the younger one to the older, or the employee to his employer.  Hugging is not really common, even though their personal distance is not so large.

The structure of the road

Also it is depending on the country and its cities, but mostly I realized that the structure of the country varies in different continents.

In Asia you can hardly find your way back, since the roads are criss-crossed. When you get there you might have to ask the local many times for the way to get somewhere.

In Europe it is much structured. Most of the time looking at the map is enough for you to find your way. But there are still times you might want to ask someone rather than finding it by yourself.

In America it is structured like you just need to go straight and then turn left of right and then you are where you need to be. Map is only needed to know where you need to turn.

Foods

In Asia you can taste many local food, in every country with an affordable price. You can find them almost in every street, so you can eat them like a local. Fastfood restaurant is not really common in Asia, since the local food is easy to get with a good price and healthier.

In Europe you might need to go to restaurant to taste the traditional local food, with the price that you might not really want to spend on it. That’s why you would rather get into fastfood restaurant, or get a sandwich to survive a day during your trip.

America is famous for it’s fastfoods and burgers. You can find fastfood restaurant here everywhere, but the interesting part is that they are restaurant. So after you go in, you wait for free table, you sit down and then they take your order, then you wait for many minutes for them to bring your food out. The things that you can order are like burgers, sandwiches, pizzas, but you can eat them in a really formal way.

Mindset, housing

In Asia you might meet a person who live with his parents and also his children. It is a common things that three generations live together. That is their mindset, that they have a responsibility to take care of their parents, so even after the marriage they still live with them. It is convenient for the woman who gives birth to a child, because she doesn’t need to worry about finding a nanny. The youth there also don’t really want to live far from their parents (only if they study in another city, then there is no other choice). After they get a job some of them still live with their parents, some of them move out, but they still help their parents with covering all of the expense that is need for the household.

In Europe when a youth get into university, it is common that they rent a house with their friend or live in dormitory. When they already have a job, most of them don’t live with their parents anymore. If yes, then people might think that that person is incapable to earn his own living and still need a financial support from his parents. But still it is not common that three generation live together as in Asia.

In America it’s the parents’ responsibility to provide a house to their own children. The Americans believe that freedom is something that everybody has a right to have. So you always have the right to do what you want, and people also let you to have it. Moving out or not, it’s your own choice.

Freedom and relationships

Asia which is in process of developing still has a conservative mindset, that’s why people are more attached to each other and depend on others, so things like loneliness is quite rare. They make decision by discussing the choice with others beforehand. Their quote is “My problem is your problem.” That’s why when you go to Asia, you feel people are more hospitable and more warm-hearted than in the Western countries.

America is a modern place, a country of freedom, where you can almost do whatever you want, and everybody needs to respect it. The best thing is that there are also people who will support you, even if your opinion is not the same as theirs. They respect those who dare to express themselves. So that’s why when you are there you can feel that you are yourself.

Europe, I would say it is a mixture of Asia and America. You can have your own freedom here, but you are still depended on the other people around you, because you don’t want to be left alone. Here when you fight for your own freedom you might find yourself facing with the fact that people are leaving you, but then you will find those who are truly meant to be by your side and help you to achieve your goals, if you are persistent enough.

 

Travelling to as many country as you can will broaden your mind like this. At first you might think that this culture is better than that, that culture is cruel, but by time you will realize that it doesn’t matter anymore. You learn to accept the others and you will find the other culture is so interesting, and extraordinary and you won’t judge whether it is good or bad, you just accept the fact. Because if a culture is not like that, then it wouldn’t have a different name and considered as a different culture.

Why should you visit Istanbul?

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Istanbul is one of the biggest commercial city of Turkey. Located near to Bosphorus and it is parted two sides, Asian and European side. I have visited Istanbul in January and I fall in love with it, so that’s why I would like to share with you my experience and here is a few reason why you should visit this amazing city.

Easy transportation+easy ticket

The public transportaton system of Istanbul is quite flexible and easy. There are trams, metros, bus, funiculars, ferries, shuttle buses. Their connections are also good and easy to get. Talking about the public transport ticket, you have many options to organize your route and you can also save money. There are Istanbulkart, jetons, billetmatik. I don’t really know about billetmatik, but jetons are like a single fare ticket, you use it once and that’s it. It costs 4 turkish liras (TL).

Istanbulkart is really easy and I love it. It’s a card that you buy from a machine or from a private vendor. You buy it for 10 TL, 6TL is for the card, and 4TL you can use for the transportation. You can charge as much money as you want on the card. When you use it, it costs about 2 TL, which is a half of the jeton. You can also use it for more people. In my case I went with my parents, so before we get on the tram, we had to use it. The first person is charged 1.45 TL the second and the third is charged 2.15 TL/each person. If you add it up it’s 5.75 TL, which is more economic than buying a jeton. Of course it also depends how often you will use the public transport.

Welcoming people

When I get there I was surprised by the warm-welcoming Turkish people on the street. When I just walked by a shop, the shop assistant just say “Hi, how are you?” to me with a smile, for a polite reason I also say Hi back with a smile. As they can see that you are kind and polite, they might invite you to their shop and offer you a tea. If you don’t want to go in, then just say no and then they will ask where you are from, and then you guys start to talk a bit, and then say goodbye with a good atmosphere. I met a lot of smiley and friendly people, they made me feel like I’m not in a strange country and they made me love Istanbul even more.

Low prices

Istanbul is not as expensive as in the most European country. Especially when you can bargain for a better price. At the Grand Bazaar, the part I liked the most is the shopping and getting agree on the price. The Turkish are really kind and polite, you can bargain for a lower price and after that they still maintain their kindness.

Mixed culture

Istanbul is a city with character of Europe and Asia. While they maintain their politeness toward the customer, and respect their choice, their way of selling their product has an influence of Asia. In Asia people go out to find customer into their shop. They just say Hi to you, invite you to their shop and give you a bit introduction of their product. While in Asia the shop assistant might be a bit aggressive, the Turkish knows the limit. This is why they are succesful in selling, they know how to approach customers and also know how to be polite and don’t make it look like fobbing their stuff on you.

Islamic culture

If you are interested in different religion, Istanbul is the best way for you to get to know Islam. I found their costume so interesting, the mosques, the way you have to dress when you enter the mosque. It is definitely a place that people maintain their tradition, but still accomodate to the trend.

 

With these points I believe you might feel like you want to go there at least once. With the warm-heart welcoming attitude of the Turkish I believe you will feel like this is a city that you have lived for many years, and all of the people that you get to talk to, suddenly become your good friend.