Vietnam is a culturally significant country with a rich history and language. From the architecture to the different sights and sounds, there’s a lot that this country offers. One of the most noteworthy places in the country is the capital, Hanoi. The city of Hanoi is home to 7.7 million people. Even then, it’s only the second largest city in the country by population. It stands second only to the Ho Chi Minh City in South Vietnam, which was formerly known as Saigon. Both cities have a rich and diverse history full of themes such as religion and colonialism. For this reason, a number of scholars have started to show interest in the city. They find the culture and history of the cities fascinating. However, their’s isn’t limited to a surface level interest like a tourist’s. No, they wish to have a deep understanding of the historical proceedings of the land. They want to find out of how the events in the country’s history took place and figure out how society in modern times has been impacted. They also want to investigate the reasons behind why the events proceeded as they did and if any preceding historical event led to that point.
There’s only so much that one can find out from reading books and scholarly materials. While they’re great at giving a general idea and painting a simple image of events such as conflicts, they are often marred by inaccuracies and incorrect conclusions as a result of the author’s own biases. For this reason, any scholar who is serious about learning Vietnam’s history needs to visit the country itself as part of his studies. A hands-on experience can be surreal and expository. The great thing about visiting a country for academic research is that one gets to see the country in the flesh and talk to the citizens and residents to get a good idea about how they feel about their nation in modern times and how they interpret their history. As a bonus, you also get to explore the country as a tourist and experience fresh sights and sounds and eat delicious and unique food.
A scholar’s research could lead to him having to leave the boundaries of the city and investigate rural and village areas. After all, many significant conflicts and events took place outside of city walls. Planning a road trip in the day is the best way to visit these places. When it comes to transport, your best bet would be to rent a motorbike in Hanoi or Saigon. Renting a bike is more flexible and economical than relying on a Taxi to ferry you. There are a number of shops in each city which offer a variety of different motor vehicles for rent. Several of them also have off-road rental packages available, in case you need to go somewhere that has particularly poor quality roads. How much it’ll cost you will depend on how long you need to rent the motorbike and which model you choose. You’ll be charged a premium for powerful bikes that have high displacement engines.