As an experienced adventurer, let me let you in on a secret: Vietnam is the unsung hero of outdoor experiences.
Having navigated many of this country’s nooks and crannies, I compiled eight standout outdoor adventures you should consider when you visit Vietnam.
If you already have your Vietnam visa, then grab your adventure gear, because you’re in for an unforgettable experience!
1. Hiking in Sapa
Trust me, the view alone is worth every step you’ll take on the trails of Sapa. Vietnam’s rich culture, stunning mountain vistas, and greenery as far as the eye can see—there’s no better place for a hike. Whether you’re trekking solo or opting for a guided tour, Sapa should top your list.
2. Kayaking in Halong Bay
If you’re a seasoned kayaker like me, testing your mettle against the emerald waters of Halong Bay is a must. Numerous companies offer kayaking tours, just remember to book in advance. Kayaking through the jaw-dropping caves with the green seawater as your backdrop is best done in March, November, May, April, October, and December.
3. Cycling in Hoi An
Pedal your way through Hoi An’s charming, unspoiled villages. With 238 cycling routes offering unique perspectives on the country’s landscapes, a cycling adventure is one of the best ways to see Vietnam. Remember to pack breathable sportswear and get ready to be amazed by the world-class views on your ride.
4. Caving in Son Doong
Now, this is an adventure on a whole new level. Descend into the enchanting underworld of Son Doong, the world’s largest cave, and spend days marveling at the geological spectacle of two caves colliding with an underground forest in between. I recommend joining a group expedition for a safer, more coordinated exploration of this natural wonder.
5. Diving at Phu Quoc
Attention all scuba diving enthusiasts! Phu Quoc’s exquisite marine ecosystem awaits. Dive into an underwater realm of vibrant corals and unique marine life species you won’t find anywhere else. Just make sure to come prepared with full diving gear and at least an hour’s worth of oxygen.
6. Kitesurfing in Mui Ne
Combine your love for kites and surfing with a trip to Mui Ne. Blessed with perfect wind and water conditions, this beach town is a haven for kitesurfers. And trust me, nothing beats resting on its sandy beach after a day of surfing. Remember to pack your sunscreen!
7. Running a Marathon through Moc Chau
Ever run a marathon surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty? Moc Chau’s marathons are a dream come true for runners like me. Be sure to train ahead of time to fully enjoy the mesmerizing springtime landscapes.
8. Visiting Bach Ma with Your Family
Last but not least, if you’re vacationing with your family, head first to Bach Ma. One of the world’s most stunning national parks, it’s home to springs, rivers, caves, and awe-inspiring rocks. Best months to visit? December through April.
In conclusion, from hiking and kayaking to diving and running, Vietnam is an adventurer’s paradise. Each of these eight activities and locations come personally recommended by me based on my experiences.
But remember, safety first—do your due diligence when choosing a tour company. Now get ready to embark on an unforgettable journey through Vietnam’s great outdoors!