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13 Amazing Things To Do In Vietnam

    

Vietnam is one of the most underrated countries in Southeast Asia and has so much to offer. From lush green rice fields in the north to floating markets in the south, modern cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh that still retain their colonial charm, astonishing wonders of nature like limestone islets of Halong Bay, Karst mountains of Ninh Binh, or the massive cave in central Vietnam and world-famous Vietnamese cuisine. Like Every Southeast Asian country, Vietnam will keep you entertained and you’ll never run out of things to do. While most of the tourists travel to Bali or Thailand, here’s a list of 13 things to do in Vietnam that’ll make you reconsider your southeastern vacation plans.

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1. Cruise the heavenly Halong Bay

13 Amazing Things To Do In Vietnam-2 Cruising between the unevenly scattered limestone islands feels like crossing the passage to another world. There are over 1600 limestone islets and cruising around them on a traditional junk boat is one of the top things to do in Vietnam. Hundreds of boats offer cruise trips every day that include snorkelling, kayaking and many more fun activities and lunch on-board, along with this you get to enjoy the breathtaking scenery of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Halong Bay being majestically beautiful attracts a lot of crowds and it may get overwhelming at times but it’s absolutely worth it.

2. Witness the haunting past of the Vietnam war by visiting the Cu Chi Tunnels

13 Amazing Things To Do In Vietnam-3 Spend a day visiting the Cu Chi Tunnels located just outside Ho Chi Minh city. Cu Chi Tunnels were constructed during the French and American war for Guerilla warfare. This network of tunnels was crucial during the war, as it served as living quarters, supply routes, and storage facilities for the Viet Cong. Visiting the Cu Chi Tunnels is a great history lesson for adults as well as kids. Many tunnels have now been expanded and people can actually crawl through them and experience how the locals used to hide for days in these choking setup.

3. Explore the World’s largest cave- Hang Son Doong

13 Amazing Things To Do In Vietnam-4 In central Vietnam, you’ll find barely penetrable jungle and many maze-like caves including the largest cave in the world- Hang Son Doong. Son Doong is so huge that it has a whole jungle inside it and some parts of the caves are so large that a skyscraper could fit inside it. The small town of Phong Nha in Quang Binh province is the epicentre for the caving adventures. Here you can hire both guides and the gear you’ll need to descend into the caves. Although there are many caves to explore, if you’re particularly interested in descending into the largest of the world than you should know that only one tour company, Oxalis is allowed to carry on expeditions to the Son Doong, and the occupancy is limited, it’s been done to protect the environment from the bustling tourists.

4. Cruise the Mekong Delta

13 Amazing Things To Do In Vietnam-5 Located in the southwestern part of the country, the Mekong Delta is the region where the Mekong river slows down in Vietnam after a long journey from China flowing past Laos and Cambodia, as if trying to soak up the view of the lush rice paddies, floating markets and clam lives of the villagers, before emptying itself into the vast sea. The Mekong Delta is also called the “rice bowl” and much of the rice and fish in Vietnam comes from this area. A boat ride here will make you experience the traditional Vietnamese life and visiting the floating markets is definitely one of the most interesting things to do in Vietnam. You can also visit villages and temples that are only connected with river channels.

5. Wander the Old Quarter of Hanoi

13 Amazing Things To Do In Vietnam-6 Hanoi is a bustling city with colonial charm and the Old Quarter of Hanoi is where all the action is, streets packed with cars, scooters and bicycles, with crowded sidewalks and streets teeming with food stalls and sidewalk vendors. Old Quarters can easily be compared with beautifully chaotic streets of Chandni Chowk. You’ll find countless travel agents, hotels, restaurants and bars. Hoan Keim Lake is a peaceful place in this bustling city, you’ll find many locals strolling beside the lake and enjoying their coffee. Other things to do in Hanoi include perusing the Dong Xuan night market and catching a water puppet show.

6. Go for an incredible food tour in Hanoi

13 Amazing Things To Do In Vietnam-7 A food tour is definitely the best thing to do in Hanoi. It’s the best way to familiarise with the culinary tradition of Vietnam. Food tour in Hanoi won’t be an ordinary experience, as a few things gonna be really delicious and a few will be challenging and adventurous. From feasting on delicious beef noodles and traditional Cha Ca(turmeric fish with dill) to eating steamed snail with lemongrass and embryonic duck egg, the tour escalates very quickly. You can also taste the world-famous Vietnamese coffee, and must not miss the most delicious Egg Coffee.

7. Visit the ruins of My Son

13 Amazing Things To Do In Vietnam-8 My Son Hindu Sanctuary is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it was built by Champa civilization of Southern Vietnam. The impressive Hindu temple ruins feature many beautiful stone sculptures, temples and towers surrounded by tropical jungles and mountains. The site was discovered by the French in 1898, but it was heavily damaged during the Vietnam war, although the bomb destroyed everything, the central complex survived. Overall, My son reminds visitors of other similar sites in Southeast Asia, such as the great Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia. A must-visit for those who appreciate history.

8. Enjoy the sizzling nightlife of Ho Chi Minh city

13 Amazing Things To Do In Vietnam-9 Hanoi may be the capital, but Ho Chi Minh is the biggest metropolis in Vietnam. The city was formerly known as Saigon is an energetic place and a beautiful amalgamation of old and new. Once a French colony, Ho Chi Minh has many colonial architectures. Some of the top sights in HCMC include the Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum. The city is also famous for its bustling nightlife and shopping. There’s much more to see in Ho Chi Minh, including the Notre Dame cathedral, the old post office, and the modern, lotus flower-shaped skyscraper called Bitexco Financial Tower. Sightseeing in Ho Chi Minh City for a few days is certainly one of the top things to do in Vietnam.

9. Trek, hike or cycle in the North

13 Amazing Things To Do In Vietnam-10 In the south you have maze-like river channels of the Mekong Delta, North is where you’ll find the epic mountains. For an adventurer trekking in North Vietnam is the best thing to do in the country. During the trek, you’ll come across stunning rice terraces and beautiful ridges. There are two areas popular for trekking. First, the town of Sapa. It is a base for many treks including the trek to the highest peak of Vietnam- Fansipan. Then there’s Ha Giang, it’s less touristy and less crowded but just as beautiful as Sapa.

10. Explore the ancient town of Hoi An

13 Amazing Things To Do In Vietnam-11 One of the most popular places to visit in Vietnam is the ancient town of Hoi An. It is located in the central region and is the quintessential destination in Vietnam. The town is well-preserved and shows a variety of influences, from its famous Japanese Covered Bridge to its many Chinese temples. To explore all the sights in Hoi An, you have to buy a sightseeing ticket. It cost around 5 $ and with one ticket you can visit five different attractions in the town You can choose between museums, pagodas, traditional homes, and more. The best way to explore this ancient town is to take a free tour. These tours are regularly organised by students who are either learning English or tourism. You just need to spend on renting a bicycle and taking a ferry, that’s it.

11. Hit the beach

13 Amazing Things To Do In Vietnam-12 Although there’s a lot to do in Vietnam, sometimes in a country that is hot and humid, all you need is to hit the beach. Gladly, there are plenty of options in Vietnam when it comes to relaxing beaches. Most of the popular beaches and beach resorts are in central Vietnam, very close to Hoi An. Like the popular beach of Da Nang. Many sun-seekers flock here and it has plenty of water sports to offer as well. In the south, you’ll find Nha Trang is one of the top beach destinations in Vietnam. The place offers scuba diving opportunities. If you’re looking for an Island escape then visiting Phu Quoc must be on your to-do list for Vietnam.

12. Enjoy the Vietnamese Coffee

13 Amazing Things To Do In Vietnam-13 Vietnamese coffee is popular all around the globe and considered one of the best in the world. Generally, it is served in small cups as it is very strong. Coffee was introduced to Vietnam by the French, and now it has become a local habit. A cup of Ca Phe has become a morning routine for the nation. With variations that make use of eggs, yoghurt or even fruits, Vietnamese coffee has developed a style of its own.

13. Rafting in Ninh Binh

13 Amazing Things To Do In Vietnam-14 Ninh Binh offers views similar to Halong Bay but on land. The place is stunning and diverse, while you’ll find majestic Karst mountain peaks in the west and northwest, coastal parts will welcome you in the east and south. Head straight to Trang An and Tam Coc, to take a bamboo raft down the river, one of the coolest things to do in Vietnam. You’ll sail across complex of mountains and caves. You can always ask your peddler to take you through the caves.

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