With its striking scenery, gripping history and rich culture, Vietnam is an outstanding destination and is one of the world’s most picturesque landscape. The country is offering everything from classic outdoor activities to extreme sports with stunning backdrops. If you’re looking for adventurous things to do in Vietnam, check out our following Vietnam adventure travel experiences.
Vietnam offers many amazing places for both ocean and river kayaking, such as Halong Bay, Lan Ha Bay, Hoi An, Nha Trang, Da Lat, Con Dao and Phu Quoc Island. The best places to paddle is Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay. Why? Both Halong and Lan Ha Bays are parts of the stunning Halong Archipelago, with thousands of limestone islands rising out of the emerald waters of the Tonkin Gulf. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is sometime misty, but this makes for an incredibly atmospheric landscape for both active and leisure travelers.
Though some areas of the bays have become packed with tourist boats, there are many unspoiled places on the outer fringes of the bays. So it’s ideal to explore the archipelago on a private boat, which can take you off the beaten cruising routes to paddle on your own and relax on quite beaches.
Contact us to arrange a private boat with ocean kayaks, paddle between islets, discover secluded beaches and visit hidden caves where not many people have gone before.
Though Vietnam is a relatively new destination for diving, and new dive sites are continuously being discovered with pristine untouched waters, the country offers pretty good scuba diving opportunities.
Known sites for scuba diving in Vietnam include Hoi An, Nha Trang, Phu Quoc and Con Dao islands, where the diving activities come with unspoiled underwater life. You can expect to see a rich reef life full of dugongs, basslets, barracuda, bamboo sharks and a variety of nudibranchs. Here the main diving season at its peak from March to October, so you can plan to visit the whole country and also have plenty of time to explore these underwater paradises.
We did two dives in Nha Trang last September, and we were pleasantly enjoying it. First we were not expecting much, but it turned out to be really enjoyable, with a couple of caves to swim through and a decent amount of fish.
Sapa, the former French hill station in the northwest of Vietnam, is an ideal destination for trekking lovers. The town is surrounded by mountain valleys dotted with ethnic hill tribal villages, Sapa offers trekking routes that suite every travelers’ fitness level.
Trekking in Sapa is always made interesting by the appearance of the hill tribes, who work incredibly hard on their rice terraces along the way. Here you can learn about five Vietnam’s ethnic minorities living around Sapa – the H’mong, Dao, Giay, Tay and Xa Pho people.
Setting at 1,500m (5000 ft.) above the sea level, Sapa is also a gorgeous place to relax and take in the mountain fresh. Immerse yourself in the local hospitality at the Hotel de la Coupole - MGallery by Sofitel, and enjoy the view of the famous Fansipan peak at 3,143 meters (10,312 ft.) high, the roof of Indochina.
When thinking of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, our minds go to images of area that is full of Buddhist temples, villages and rolling green rice paddy fields. Speaking for Vietnam, there are so many places which is perfect for exploring on your bike, such as Sapa, Mai Chau, Hue, Hoi An and Mekong Delta.
With biking lovers, Vietnam has been always a great destination to explore by bike, especially in its countryside. Whether you fancy a day out or hardcore 15-day ride from Hanoi to Saigon, the journeys is full of hidden charms to explore.
Riding on a motorbike
Vietnam is an outstanding destination on all fronts, and one of the first thing a travelers notice when visiting the country is its seas of motorbikes. Crossing the street is an adventure in itself, but riding on a motorbike like a local is a unique Vietnam adventure travel experience.
Of cause, you won’t drive yourself but enjoy the service of a local driver by seating behind him. When in Hanoi, explore the city from the back of a Russian vintage Minsk motorbike, which exposes you the real Hanoi with different appearances. Hop on the Minsk with a professional driver to explore the parts-unknown of the city, take in slices of life in the maze of backstreets, tiny alleyways, local homes, schools, random markets and black market.
In Saigon, one of the best ways to experience the most dynamic city of Vietnam is to discover its nightlife on the back of a vintage Vespa scooter. Set off early in the evening sitting on the back of your scooter driver on a journey around Saigon, weaving through traffic and enjoying the world-renowned street food along the way.