Combining the hustle and bustle of city living with picturesque beaches and industrial farming landscapes; Vietnam is a destination that ticks all boxes. Being faced with such a plethora of things to do when entering a new country can seem a little overwhelming. Here are our 10 must do’s when you visit.
Belly-crawl through the Cu Chi Tunnels
Originally built in the 60s to aid Vietnam during the war, these thousands of miles of underground tunnels have become quite a tourist destinations. Used for a variety of purposes; to store traps, move supplies and launch surprise attacks,
Crawl through some of the safer areas of the tunnel and learn about what has made this nation so resilient.
Take a tour on a Junk boat
The name sounds a little strange, admittedly. Junk boats aren’t made from rubbish, as the name would suggest. They’re actually a type of Chinese ship (dating as far back as 960-1279), beautifully embellished with scalloped sails. One of the best tours would have to be around Ha Long Bay—hop on and explore the bay the way you’re supposed to.
Get street food
With some of the best culinary delights of Asia sitting on the streets of Vietnams many food markets, it would be a crime not to grab a bite or two to eat. Look for crumpled paper around stall-holders, the litter of used tickets indicates a stalls popularity. Similarly, if a stall has a lot of flies or doesn’t look too clean, don’t eat there.
Party in Nha Trang
If you’re looking for a little nightlife on your tour of Vietnam, then be sure to stop off in the city of Nha Trang. Filled with beautiful bars, there is bound to be a place for you to grab a cocktail!
Explore Son Doong Cave
Found in 1991 inside the UNESCO-listed Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park; the Son Doong Cave is the largest cave in the world. Meaning “mountain river cave”, the structure is over five miles long and tall enough to contain a 40 storey building (over 150 meters)—perfect for all of you explorers.
Relax in Dalat
Surrounded by evergreen forests and waterfalls, Dalat is the place to retreat to if you need a little me-time. It’s a little chillier than the rest of Vietnam, but the scenery is totally worth an extra layer.
Make the most of a market
Street markets are a great place to grab a bargain on a variety of things in Vietnam—with clothes costing up to four times less than in the UK. Be prepared to haggle to get yourself the same deals of the locals.
Fly a kite in Mui Ne
If you’re into your extreme sports then you’ll love Mui Ne. Popular with kite surfers, there are many companies nearby that you can rent equipment from to really get your adrenalin pumping.
Hoan Kiem Lake (Hanoi)
Nestled into the historical centre of Hanoi, Hoan Kiem Lake is a nod to nature and to legend. The central island is said to be where emperor Lê Lợi returned the sword, Heavens Will, to a Golden Turtle God. Today, large soft-shell turtles have been sighted in the lake’s water, which you can observe from the large red sword bridge that links the mainland to the island.
Visit a pagoda
Cultural and beautiful, the pagodas of Vietnam have to be on your list of things to see. Typically a place of worship, these areas are a great way to learn about the customs of the country you’re visiting.
What are your tips for visiting Vietnam? Let us know in the comments.