What do you think about when you think of Vietnam? Whatever it may be, chances are it’s probably not adventure activities.
But, 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.
So, we’ve decided to count down just a few of our favourite activities in Vietnam to show that, as a country, great food, beautiful ancient temples and traditional rice paddies is not all it has to offer, there’s so much more…
7 of the best adventure activities to experience in Vietnam
Here are a selection of 6 adventures that will help you to experience the best of Vietnam.
Paddle board in Mui Ne
Not too far from Ho Chi Minh, along the east coast you’ll find Mui Ne Bay. Slowly finding its feet as one of the countries 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! Head to Mui Ne to take advantage of the great waves and it’s proximity to the city.
Drive a motorbike from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh
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 1, or take the scenic route past the farms 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 costal 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 Phu Quoc
Imagine an island paradise with palm trees, golden sands and turquoise oceans alive with an endless array of weird and wonderful marine life and you’ve pretty much imagined Phu Quoc.
This beautiful Vietnamese island (which is actually geographically closer to Cambodia) is quiet, with just a small community of backpackers passing through. It’s also a great place to go diving – the best place in all of Vietnam in fact.
Kayak around the islands of Ha Long Bay
Ha Long Bay is impressive, very impressive, so impressive that it was named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the most visited areas of Vietnam.Hundreds of limestone islands protrude from the, usually misty, bay creating one of the most beautifully atmospheric landscape scenes in not only the country, but the whole of Southeast Asia, and there’s 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.
Stand board in Lan Ha Bay
Lying south and east of Cat Ba Town, the 300 or so karst islands and limestone outcrops of Lan Ha are just as beautiful as those of Halong Bay and have the additional attraction of numerous white-sand beaches. Geologically, Lan Ha is an extension of Halong Bay but sits in a different province of Vietnam.
Due to it being a fair way from Halong City, not so many tourist boats venture here, meaning Lan Ha Bay has a more isolated appeal. Exploring Lan Ha Bay with stand board or kayak would be best organised in Cat Ba Town or Hanoi.
Cycle in Sapa
Sapa is probably the kind of place you think of when you imagine what Vietnam is like as someone who’s never been there.
Like how people imagine the long boats and clear waters of the beaches of Thailand or the neon lit streets of New York City. When it comes to Vietnam, it’s likely to be the rolling, green rice paddies of Sapa.
And the very best way to explore these, often uneven, 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 Mt Fansipan
Mt Fansipan is the highest peak in Vietnam, and if you’re keen to get your blood pumping during your trip this is the very best way to do it.
At 3,143 metres high and located in the Lào Cai Province in the Northwest of the country, a trek here 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.