Vietnam is a perfect place for adventure travelers with captivating mountain paths, national parks – nature reserves established trails and fascinating minority culture, offering adventurous activities like hiking, trekking, climbing, kayaking, biking, home stay…
As one of the world’s most picturesque landscapes, there are few better places to enjoy the atmosphere and surroundings while getting your blood pumping in a wide selection of adventures. Throughout Vietnam there are a multitude of outdoor adventure activities to get involved in.
There is rock climbing, kayaking and some outstanding trekking to be enjoyed such as the outpost of Sapa in the far north or the former colonial hill station of Dalat in the central highland. Participating in an adventure tour will give you an opportunity to visit and stay at hill tribe villages whilst also including some of the must-see attractions throughout the country.
Here are a selection of adventures that will help you to experience the best of Vietnam.
Kayaking around the islands of Halong Bay
Kayaking through Halong Bay is a great way to explore.
Thousands of limestone islands rising out of the turquoise sea water creating one of the most beautifully atmospheric landscape scenes in Southeast Asia, and there is no better way to experience it that from the water.
Rent a kayak and paddle between the islands taking in the views and exploring the hidden caves as you go.
Cycling in Sapa
Take a relaxing cycle past the rice paddies of Sapa in the North.
Sapa is probably the kind of place you think of when you imagine what Vietnam is like as someone who’s never been there. When it comes to Vietnam, it’s likely to be the amazing rice terraced fields of Sapa.
And the very best way to explore these landscapes?
By bicycle of course! Rent a bike and take yourself on a trip through farm land and field, through local villages and to small street cafes serving the most basic but also the most authentic and delicious examples of Vietnamese food.
Trek to the top of Mount Fansipan
Fansipan majestically stands there as a challenge to anyone with desire to conquer.
Fansipan, which belongs to Hoang Lien Son Mountain range and under protection of the Hoang Lien National Park, is the highest mountain in Vietnam. For young and bravery people, climbing Fansipan Mount, also known as "the Roof of Indochina", is the symbol of personal struggle to achieve. The height of 3.143 meters is a big challenge to many Vietnamese generations.
If you’re keen to get your blood pumping during your trip, a trek to the top of Mount Fansipan this is the very best way to do it which will take you through some of the most remote areas of the area while rewarding you with spectacular view from the very top of the country.
Drive a motorbike
Motorcycling, an exciting outdoor activity in Vietnam
As anyone who’s ever been to Vietnam will be able to tell you, they’re big fans of motorbikes and mopeds – crossing the road in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh is an adventure in itself.
Motorcycle is the perfect way to get around Vietnam and there are a huge number places where you can independently hire a bike or, if you’d rather, pay a guide and join a group motorbike tour.
Join the busy Highway 1A, or take the scenic route past the farm lands of Phong Nha and absorb the beauty of Phong Nha - Ke Bang World Heritage National Park. Stop off in Hue for and sample some local delicacies before some beach time in the coastal city of Nha Trang as well as so much more. This is the ultimate in travel freedom and adventure and the perfect way to discover a country that needs to be experienced with every one of your senses.
Go diving in Nha Trang
Nha Trang is the 'diving capital' of Vietnam
As a nation which was only discovered for its underwater attributes during the late 90s by the western world, Vietnam is still fresh on the scuba diving map. By engaging in a Vietnam diving tour, you will be able to appreciate the underwater gems this beautiful nation has to offer and you can be sure you’ll be witness to something special every time. Unlike many of the more popular diving destinations which have been partially ruined by mass tourism, the coastal waters of Vietnam are incredibly clean and breathe abundant life to a plethora of marine wildlife.
Together with the heavenly beaches, the hot springs, diversified kinds of fish, and the colorful coral reef underwater have made Nha Trang become one of the best spots for scuba diving and snorkeling. A popular aspect of many a Vietnam diving tour, Nha Trang offers some of the best scuba diving experiences in the country. Underwater coral pyramids and pillars are feast for the eyes and as this area is often referred to as the ‘diving capital of Vietnam’.
Paddling a board in Mui Ne
Practice your paddling skills in Mui Ne.
Not too far from Ho Chi Minh, along the east coast you will find Mui Ne Bay, one of the country's best beach resorts. Mui Ne is one of the best places in Vietnam to try your hand at paddle boarding.
A cross between surfing and kayaking, paddle boarding is a great form of exercise, but more than that – it’s amazing fun!
Take a scooter and ride 2km East to Mui Ne harbour for 7am. You will see the fishermen bringing in the nights catch in their fishing boats. On the shore waiting are the wives who will take the fresh seafood to the markets and local restaurants. If you’re adventurous you could try paddling there, it’s a great spot for photographers!