The Best Things To Do in Vietnam
Vietnam has never come short when it comes to attractions and that also means, it has never failed to offer interesting activities for both tourists and locals to enjoy. It’s no question why this country has millions of visitors each year! With so many to do, we’ve narrowed down the best things to do in Vietnam.
Lantern lighting in Hoi An
Every Tết or Vietnamese New Year, the wonderful town of Hoi An transforms into a jaw-dropping play of color and light for its yearly Lantern Festival. The roads from Hoi An Bridge to the Hoai River are filled with thousands of colorful lanterns. And the best thing? This celebration lasts for 7 days! That’s a week filled with nothing but color, fun, and happiness.
The main festivities are located in the old town, between the Japanese Covered Bridge and the Cau An Hoi Bridge. The destination is more than crowded and festive, with a lot of singing and food stalls everywhere you look. It’s a wonderful celebration for tourists but the locals enjoy it as much.
And of course, let’s not forget the centerpiece of the whole event. You look up and you see thousands of lanterns adorning the night sky. For a small price, you can buy one yourself and set it afloat too.
Cruise through Halong Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay
Halong Bay is a place filled with 1,600 limestone towers that sit atop its beautiful blue waters. It’s one of Vietnam’s most beautiful spots and a top-tier tourist spot. The bay is massive but with the number of visitors it has, it’ll feel crowded.
A few miles away is Halong Bay’s neighbor, the Bai Tu Long Bay, which has the same stunning scenery. However, there are fewer visitors to this location. So if you are one for a more calming and relaxing vacation spot, you can head over here instead. Bai Tu Long Bay has uncrowded waves and humble beaches you can enjoy!
Hike Cat Ba Island
Cat Ba Island is another must-visit for Vietnam tourists. The island has an astonishing scenic view but the nearby Lan Ha Bay is a Halong alternative for those who wish for fewer tourist crowds but the same impressive view.
Cat Ba Island is the perfect place for hikers. It contains a rainforest, a part of a massive national park, that you trek through for some adventure. For beginners, the Lookout Tower Trail is a fairly easy hike you can try. If you walk up for an hour, you’ll reach a rusted shelter where you’ll be able to see the whole untouched Cat Ba.
Visit the Phong Nha National Park
For adventurers and nature lovers, Vietnam has something for you! In the Quang Binh province lies a massive area of impassable jungle and within this are hundreds of caves, including the largest in the world, the Han Soon Doong. Fun fact! The Han Son Doong is so tall that a skyscraper can fit inside it.
The center of the area’s caving activities is the humble town of Phong Nha. Here, you’ll be able to inquire and avail the services of tour guides and gears that you’ll need to venture to the caves. And if you are not of fan of caves and undergrounds, the jungle is also famous for its trekking sites where you’ll be able to witness impressive waterfalls and a wonderful portion of monkeys and flying foxes.
Cycle around Hue
Between the cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh is the Hue, the division between the north and south during the Vietnam War. It sits upon the beautiful Perfume River and has a vital role in Vietnamese history. The area is also littered with significant historical sites.
If you are up for some relaxing morning, cycling around Hue is one of our wonderful recommendations. Head three kilometers out of town and you’ll set on the Tiger Fighting Arena, the Colosseum of Vietnam where elephants and tigers would fight. You can also head to Vong Canh Hill which offers the best spots to observe the scenic views of the Perfume River.
From there, it’s a downhill ride to Tu Hieu, one of Hue’s historical pagodas and located in a restful forest. While you are in the area, drop a visit to the tomb of Minh Mang, the second emperor of the Nguyen dynasty.
Upon arriving at the walled fortress of the Imperial Citadel, you can either enjoy a relaxing cycle around the area or sit down and have a drink by the Perfume River.
Be amazed at Ban Gioc Waterfall
When we say be amazed, we mean it. Ban Gioc is not one but two colliding waterfalls by the Quay Son River, an iconic border between Vietnam and China.
This impressive waterfall is one of South East Asia’s most jaw-dropping natural sights. It is a 70 meters tall, 208 meters wide beauty. Aside from that, the way the water pours down the rocky limestone surface is a sight you have to see at least once in your life.
If you are up for an adventure, it is possible to trek the waterfalls’ high points, as long as you are fully capable and equipped with the appropriate trekking gear.
Relax at Phu Quoc Island
Off the coast of Cambodia is the scenic Vietnamese island of Phu Quoc, a beautiful place for tourists and locals alike who are hoping for some time off hectic cities.
There are a lot of activities to enjoy in Phu Quoc and we are sure you will never run out of things to do! For one, there’s the Vinpearl Safari Care and Conservation Park where you’ll be able to meet elephants, white Bengal tigers, macaques, silver langurs, and more! There’s a hiking trail through the forests of Phu Quoc National Park where you’ll be able to see the beauty of the Suoi Tranh Waterfall.