By: Parallels and Meridians
When one thinks about Vietnam the images of picturesque landscapes, ancient temples, rice paddies, Vietnamese food and culture is what comes into one’s mind. Nevertheless, Vietnam has something more to offer to a traveler: adventure activities! From kayaking to paddle boating to diving to so much more, we’ve rounded up a list of 11 activities that will get your adrenaline pumping and are a must try when you embark on that Vietnamese adventure:
1. Kayak around the islands of Halong Bay
Halong Bay is a UNESCO world heritage site and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Vietnam. Picture a misty bay with hundreds of beautiful limestone islands around it and paddling a Kayak between the islands while taking in one of most stunning landscapes in the whole of South East Asia! Rent a kayak and paddle and experience the rush of emotions and adrenaline as you explore the waters.
2. Trek to the top of Mt. Fansipan
If you love the way a trek makes you feel, Mt. Fansipan — the highest peak in Vietnam is the place for you. With its 3,143 metres in height and location in Lao Cai province, a trek here will take you through some of the most gorgeous remote areas filled with stunning view from the highest point of the country.
3. Paddle board in Mui Ne
Slowly gaining its spot as Vietnam’s best beach resorts, Mui Ne is a must visit on your visit. Paddle boarding is a cross between kayaking and surfing and is also one of the most fun ways to get a workout. So make sure to head to Mui Ne and try your hand at paddle boarding on the great waves.
4. Drive a motorbike from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City
Crossing the road in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi can be quite an adventure sport in itself with all the mopeds and motorcycles driving about. However renting out a bike and exploring Vietnam on your own terms is an experience you’ve probably never had. Drive to Hue and get a taste of some local cuisine or go to the beach in Nha Trang or just enjoy the beauty of Phonh Nha-Ke Bang. The ultimate freedom of choosing your own route is the perfect way to explore Vietnam and all that has to offer.
5. Cycle in Sapa
Discover the gorgeous green rice paddies by renting out a bike and cycling through fields and farmlands, through local villages and street cafes serving authentic Vietnamese food that will send your taste buds on an exotic adventure.
6. Go diving in Phu Quoc
This island paradise is filled with golden sands, palm trees and turquoise ocean that are home to some of the most exotic marine life. Go diving in this calm and beautiful island and experience the underwater life like you’ve never experienced before.
7. Sail or Kite-Surf on the South China Sea
Sailing and water sports is a must when travelling along Vietnam’s coast, most resort have boats available on rent. Make sure to wind or kite surf in Mui Ne beach or Nha Trang!
8. Cat Tien National Park
This place is halfway between Dalat and Ho Chi Minh City and is a paradise for bird watchers. Plan an overnight stay at a rustic accommodation, wake up feeling energized and go for a morning trek while enjoying its stunning biodiversity, ancient trees, rivers, waterfalls make quite an extraordinary sight. Some of the attractions are not even mentioned on travel books because their locations are far away from regular tourist spots. A pair of binoculars and a thirst for adventure is all one needs to spot exotic animals and birds that are crawling all over.
9. Cuc Phuong National Park
Another paradise for nature lovers, the Cu Phuong National park is home to a one of a kind research center and has great accommodating packages with lots of hiking and trekking with guides that can be hired on a daily basis.
10. Cycling the Mekong Delta
The flat routes along Vietnam make it an absolute pleasure for cyclists. Adventure tour groups in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi can make arrangements for a tour with a flexible length and even provides a support van. Cycling along the routes of Vietnam can be quite an adventure with the entire close up views of nature and culture.
11. Multi sports and exploring the Central Highlands
Mountain climbing, biking and trekking are just a few of the sports that can be arranged by the outfitters in Da Lat. A motorbike can be rented or go with a guide to explore some incredible terrain.