How to have great outdoor adventures in Vietnam
“Going to Vietnam the first time was life-changing for sure; maybe because it was all so new and different to my life before and the world I grew up in. The food, culture, landscape, and smell; they’re all inseparable. It just seemed like another planet; a delicious one that sort of sucked me in and never let go.”
– Anthony Bourdain
As its tourism slogan, “Vietnam – the Timeless charm”, you will be attracted by the charm of this country timelessly. And to discover full Vietnam, nothing is better than going on outdoor adventures, to capture all the most authentic experiences and dramatically beautiful landscapes. Just get out of the cities, and take a look at the list below to see which destinations fit you the best.
Talking about the northwest region of Vietnam, it will be a big miss if we don’t mention Sapa. This mountainous town is a fantasy destination with its endless terraced paddy fields, hiking trails with picturesque views and ethnic towns bustling with crowded markets. Sapa is such a perfect escape for people who love trekking, admiring the breathtaking landscape, and blending into the daily lives of many ethnicities.
- Ha Giang
Ha Giang is also a miracle province which can take your breath away from the first sight. The best season to visit Ha Giang is the period from September to December every year, when acres of buckwheat flower fields blossom. If you are looking for adventurous experience or exotic feeling from the winding highlands which is able to challenge the most experienced drivers, Ha Giang is definitely the answer.
- Phu Yen
South Central Coast of Vietnam owns some of the most spectacular beaches and unique coastal sights. And Phu Yen is the hidden gem in the region. Besides the crystal ocean, you will find “Ganh Da Dia”, a scenic spot with layers upon layers of stones, such a masterpiece from Mother Nature. The special location between two mountain ranges gives Phu Yen the windiest beauty which can melt any heart. This is a good choice for beach lovers, nature explorers, and especially social media active users, as you can capture a bunch of fantastic moments here.
- Da Lat
The capital of Lam Dong province, Da Lat, is also named as the “capital of love” in Vietnam. Located in Lam Dong Province in the Central Highlands of Vietnam, Da Lat is well known for its dreamy flower fields, colonial villas and most importantly, its temperate climate. You can have all the exotic experiences in this Lil’ Paris, from wandering lovely churches, unique markets, winding streets, to visiting the colorful gardens with bunches of different flowers. The surrounding area offers lakes, forests, and waterfalls, perfect for trekking, biking, and rock-climbing.
Mui Ne is a family-friendly beach city in Central Vietnam. From a sleepy fishing village, Mui Ne today has transferred to a beach paradise for all travelers looking for a vibrant getaway being full of ocean breath and all water sports kinds in their Vietnam vacation. Mui Ne offers its adventure lovers a perfect and consistent wind force to do kite-surfing, and also a Vietnam “Sahara” desert for the super-fun sand sliding. You can meet all kinds of resorts, restaurants, and shops in Mui Ne. So never miss Mui Ne in your Vietnam list, as nobody can refuse those crystal waters and 9-mile sandbank, exotic red and yellow sand dunes, and those lovely activities.
- Can Gio
On the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City, Can Gio Monkey Island is bristling with curious visitors who are the willing targets of the resident monkeys’ playful antics. On top of having direct interactions with these cheeky animals, visitors can also learn about their natural habitat, their species and how they are being preserved in Vietnam.
Provinces in the Mekong Delta are increasingly popular as the destination for travelers seeking an experience of the garden home lifestyle. It is ideal to take a one-day trip riding your motorcycle along paddy fields and exploring towns in provinces such as Kien Giang, An Giang and Can Tho. There, you can look forward to floating markets, Khmer towns, boat rides along mangrove forests and homemade meals with the locals.
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