Things to do in Vietnam
If you already have your travels here planned, or even if you’re just thinking about taking a trip and are curious what to see and do, then this list is for you. Here is our list 5 Things to do in Vietnam
Explore The World’s Biggest Caves In Phong Nha
Of everywhere we went in Vietnam (and we went to a lot of places), Phong Nha is by far the coolest and best destination for a number of reasons.
Other than being an absolutely beautiful place, an adventure hot-spot and filled with friendly locals, it also has some of the largest caves in the world.
These caves are a real natural wonder located inside the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, and they will blow your mind.
Visiting these caves can last anywhere from an hour up to five days. On the more adventurous ones you can expect to cross rivers, hike through pristine jungle, be surrounded by limestone mountains and spend time in ethnic minority villages.
On the easier ones you can tour the caves by boat or by following boardwalks. Don’t miss joining a guided tour of a few of the highlight caves.Make sure you head down to Phong Nha on your trip and explore as many of the caves as possible.
Explore Vietnam On A Motorbike
Buy a bike, rent a bike or hire a driver. Either way, seeing part of Vietnam on a motorbike is the way to go.
There is something about having the wind in your face and taking travel slower than usual, and riding a motorbike is the best way to do it in this country.
It’s almost become a rite of passage for a lot of travelers, and you’ll find hundreds of people riding motorbikes the length of the country from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, but those in the know head up to Northern Vietnam to see the most striking scenery in the country.
Another popular trip is the Hai Van Pass between Hoi An and Hue, which will give you epic ocean views and a dose of war history too.
If you are not a confident rider head to the beautiful town of Dalat and sign up with a company called Easy Riders. They offer trips (from one day to one week) as a passenger on one of their large bikes with an experienced rider.
Cruise Along The Mekong Delta
Down in the south of Vietnam is the incredible Mekong Delta, which is one of the most fascinating and culturally remarkable places in the country.
This is where the mighty Mekong River finally spills into the ocean, and Vietnamese villagers have flocked to this delta to fish, trade produce and sell goods.
The best way to explore the Mekong Delta is to take a cruise or a boat ride and enjoy the river life. If you only have a few hours do a boat tour from Can Tho or Ben Tre.
If you have more time you can take a 4-8 day cruise from Vietnam to Cambodia along the Mekong Delta. Experience the Mekong Delta the way you want to.
Get up early and don’t miss the floating markets. It is great to see all the hustle and bustle of life on the Mekong.
Walk The Streets Of Hoi An Ancient Town
The ancient port town of Hoi An in Central Vietnam is one of the most beautiful spots in the country, and should not be missed on your list of what to do in Vietnam!
Yes, it is a busy tourist town, but that is for good reason. Hoi An is a photographer’s dream, with a mix of eras and styles from the Japanese Covered Bridge to the colorful French colonial buildings to wooden Chinese shophouse to Vietnamese tube houses. It is simply gorgeous!
Get up early and explore the streets when the locals are up and the tourists are still sleeping.
Learn To Cook Vietnamese Food
Immersing yourself into the local food is a great way to learn more about a country, and luckily Vietnamese food is some of the best in the world!
There are cooking classes all over Vietnam, and each class will offer different dishes and experiences. There is such diversity in the food from North to South, so you can literally do one in each major town and you’ll probably learn a new dish each time.
Some of the cooking classes will take you to the markets where you can buy the ingredients and cook it together. We love this type of class as you get to be part of every step of the process.
Coming home from your holiday and knowing how to cook some different dishes is a win, and will ensure you’re forever popular with your friends and family!