As one of a few conflict-free countries, Vietnam has become a destination of peace!
The more wars you have been through, the more you appreciate peace! Vietnamese people are among those who understand the sentence the most! According to Global Peace Index 2016, Vietnam is one of the only 10 countries free from conflict and we are still working hard to maintain it. And now, with the Trump-Kim summit 2019 going on, we are proving to the world that Vietnam is becoming a destination of peace! If you still have a shadow of doubt, look at these international leaders and how they enjoyed their life here.
1. Bill Clinton (Former USA President)
Bill Clinton plays a huge role in the relations between the two countries after the Vietnam War. He was the one who decided to lift the embargo, proceed to normalize the relationship in 1995 and sign a bilateral trade agreement. He was also the first serving USA president to visit Vietnam. Everytime he paid a visit to Hanoi, he was warmly welcomed by the people.
The former USA president also repeatedly did charity work in Vietnam through his Bill Clinton Fund, which paid lots of efforts via HIV/AIDS control projects, which had especially focused on children.
2. Barack Obama (Former USA President)
If you have lived in Vietnam for long enough, you must have heard of Bún chả Obama. During his visit to Vietnam in 2016, Barack Obama had dinner with late famous American television chief Anthony Bourdain at a modest street-side bun cha restaurant right on Le Van Huu street (Hanoi).
A then USA president eating a cheap bowl of noodles, perched on a blue plastic stool at a family run business restaurant, that image should tell you how safe he felt during the trip. On his way back to the airport, Obama even stopped by a local iced tea spot and as always, he was greeted with such warm and welcome from the locals.
3. Justin Trudeau (Prime Minister of Canada)
During his official visit to Vietnam to participate in APEC summit week, the Canadian Prime Minister had a good time jogging along Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe canal for around 5 kilometres, wearing a hat and sports clothes only.
He later talked with about 1,400 students from Ton Duc Thang University after visiting the city's stock exchange. After that, the prime minister enjoyed coffee at a local shop.
4. Malcolm Turnbull (Former Prime Minister of Australia)
No one can go to Vietnam without trying out our street food, the former Australian Prime Minister is not an exception. To start a busy day of meetings for the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week, Prime Minister Turnbull shared a bánh mì breakfast with Australian-Vietnamese celebrity chef Luke Nguyen at a local street food restaurant and said “Vietnamese food is enjoyed every day by Australians, which is just one of the many positive contributions of the nearly 300,000 Vietnamese who call Australia home. But this is the first time I’ve ever tried bánh mì! I love the fresh flavours of Vietnamese food.”
5. Francois Hollande (Former President of France)
In September, 2016, during his first official visit to Vietnam, former President of France Francois Hollande met some young Vietname-origin people at a Cộng cafe on Mã Mây (Hanoi). There, he was offered to try the traditional moon cake.
After the meeting, the former president went to visit Kim Ngân temple, located on Hàng Bạc.
After reading this article, if you still don't think Vietnam is safe, take another look at this picture of Kim Jong-un letting his guard down greeting the people lining up along the street. He has never done it in any other country, except for his own one!