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Things to do in Vietnam | Vietnam Travel Guide
Vietnam

Fascinating culture, delicious food, historic sights and beautiful countryside, Vietnam has a lot of outstanding experiences and places that are well-worth a visit.

Here are 10 of the top-rated things to do on the Vietnam holidays:

Hanoi Old Quarter
A great way to spend half a day in Hanoi is to get lost in the Old Quarter (with 36 streets) with its tumultuous and congested streets, shops, stalls and food sellers that make this an area full of character. This vibrant part of Hanoi is a great experience in the evening when the area really comes alive.

Traditional homestay
A really unique and authentic stay in Vietnam includes spending a night or two in a traditional homestay. A few of the great places to experience the homestay include Sapa and Mai Chau. This type of accommodation is easily organised by meeting a Hmong family on arrival in their village or booking through a tour agency. Spending a night at a traditional homestay makes it possible to appreciate the local’s way of life, eat their food, and get a perfect view of the natural landscape.

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Vietnamese cooking class
Vietnamese food is truly delightful so it makes sense to sign up to a local cooking class on the Vietnam private tour to try preparing it yourself. The majority of the major cities and towns throughout the county offer a half-day or full-day cooking class, such as ‘Hidden Hanoi’ in Hanoi or ‘Saigon Cooking Class’ in Ho Chi Minh City. Vietnamese cooking classes offer a complete package that starts with buying the fresh ingredients at the market (morning classes are best for this) and returning to the kitchen to create local dishes like traditional fresh spring rolls or a bowl of pho.

Halong Bay
Halong Bay is a recognized UNESCO world heritage site and one of the most popular destinations on the Vietnam travel packages for the tourist. The turquoise waters and 1000’s of limestone karsts are best experienced by taking a half-day or overnight trip on a traditional junk boat or cruise ship. Whether exploring on a backpackers party cruise or a 5-star steam ship, this is certain to provide a truly memorable experience while in Vietnam.

Cat Ba National Park
The largest island in Halong is Cat Ba Island which is well worth a visit on the Halong Bay organized tour. A visit to Cat Ba makes it possible to experience a kayaking trip that explores the beautiful scenery and cave systems in the Cat BA National Park. This biosphere reserve is rich in coral reefs, freshwater lakes, subtropical evergreen forests and mangroves. Plus, there are plenty of trekking trails such as the beginner hike to Dinh Kim Gial which takes about 2 hours to complete, while a more challenging trail leads to Ao Ech (Frog Lake) which is a total of 6 km and takes 4 fours.

Cu Chi Tunnels
A great day-trip in Ho Chi Minh city is to visit and crawl through the Cu Chi Tunnels that were used by the Viet Cong throughout the Vietnam war to remain hidden and stage secret attacks. Certain areas of the tunnel have been made safe and widened to let the tourist get a first-hand view of the inside of these quite claustrophobic tunnels. Beyond crawling in the fascinating complex of tunnels, other exhibits are on display as well as having the opportunity to fire a weapon like an AK47.

Mekong Delta
A tour of the Mekong Delta in a traditional boat with a smiling guide with a traditional cone hat is certain to be one of the most memorable times while exploring this magnificent country. Unless the tourist is already in the local area, the shortest tour to take in the Mekong Delta region is in the region of 3 days; especially if travelling from Ho Chi Minh City. Many of the trips to the Mekong Delta include a trip on a large ferry to arrive at the small islands and from there it is possible to get the more authentic experience by signing up for a cruise on a small canoe with a local driver who will navigate the overgrown and narrow canals. A great part of the trip is the ability to visit the colourful floating markets that are filled with a varied range of goods.

homestay in mekong delta

Street food
One of the must-do things on a Vietnam family tour is to experience the street food scene. Some of the finest food options are available at the side of the street, such a sugar cane a delicious sugary treat, chicken feet grilled on a small BBQ, or freshly made spring rolls. It is helpful to visit the stalls that are regularly visited by the locals because these will be serving the best food and are well maintained and hygienic.

A great way to really appreciate the local dishes is to sign up for a street food tour, where a local guide will take you through the streets and direct you to the best street stalls for the varied treats that are high-quality and delicious.

Fishing village
A visit to a traditional fishing village can make an interesting day out with plenty of Vietnamese coastline to explore. A trek just out of Hoi An has a great fishing village with the locals hardworking while drying, sorting and catching the fish. Plus, there are many small fishing villages that will take the passing tourist on the sunrise photography or fishing tour on a traditional style of boat. This is a great way to really appreciate how a large proportion of the local people go about making a living.

Phong Nha caves
Explore the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to get a first hand view of the largest cave system in the world; Son Doong. This cave was only fully discovered and marked in 2009 and certain to be appreciated by the enthusiasts of natural wonders. Other great attractions in the local area include hiking trails, bird watching and mountain biking. Plus, for longer stays on the Vietnam customized tour in this beautiful region, it is possible to relax at one of the many homestays or hostels nearby.

My Son sanctuary

My Son sanctuary

The UNESCO World Heritage Site of My Son Sanctuary is a cluster of partially ruined and abandoned ancient Hindu temples ...

Overnight cruise in Mekong delta

Overnight cruise in Mekong delta

The Mekong Delta is just a 2 hour drive from Ho Chi Minh City. It gives a perfect opportunity to ...

Floating markets in Mekong delta

Floating markets in Mekong delta

The Mekong Delta leaves a strong impression on travellers exploring this region of the country on the Vietnam holiday. It ...

Homestay tour in Mekong delta

Homestay tour in Mekong delta

A homestay tour in the Mekong Delta makes it possible to escape the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh ...

Homestay tour in Mai Chau

Homestay tour in Mai Chau

A homestay tour in Mai Chau provides the perfect opportunity to get an authentic feel of Vietnam by exploring local ...

Cu Chi Tunnels

Cu Chi Tunnels

A complex network of underground passageways, the Cu Chi Tunnels were a vital strategic and access area dug by the ...

Snorkling in Nha Trang

Snorkling in Nha Trang

Nha Trang Bay is the home of the Hon Mun Marine Protected Area, which is nearly 12000 ha of reef-filled ...

Diving in Cham island

Diving in Cham island

Cham Island (also called Cu Lao Cham) is a cluster of eight islands that lies eight miles off the coastline ...

Basket tour in Hoi An

Basket tour in Hoi An

Locally known as “Thung Chai”, the basket boat is a favourite with local fishermen in central parts of Vietnam. It ...

Cycling tour in Hoi An

Cycling tour in Hoi An

A cycling tour of Hoi An on the Vietnam private tour is a great delight and a perfect way to ...

Cooking class in Hoi An

Cooking class in Hoi An

Hoi An has dozens of places to visit for the unique and fun cooking class on the Vietnam holiday packages. ...

Hiking in Bach Ma national park

Hiking in Bach Ma national park

The Bach Ma National Park is rich in subtropical and dense forests stretching across an area spanning nearly 22,000 hectares ...

Exploring Tam Giang lagoon

Exploring Tam Giang lagoon

The Tam Giang Lagoon is a fascinating place rich in fauna and flora. It is one place that rarely gets ...

Vinh Moc tunnels

Vinh Moc tunnels

The Vinh Moc Tunnels are located 6 km to the north of Cua Tung Beach and 13 km to the ...

Discovering caves of Phong Nha - Ke Bang

Discovering caves of Phong Nha - Ke Bang

Quang Binh province is a big tourist attraction with several well-known destinations to visit, including Son Doong Cave, Ke Bang ...

Motorbiking tour to hidden north Vietnam

Motorbiking tour to hidden north Vietnam

The north is a captivating and fascinating region of Vietnam and a beautiful place to visit on the motorbiking tour. ...

Vietnam photography tour to see beautiful rice terraces

Vietnam photography tour to see beautiful rice terraces

Northern Vietnam is blessed with incredible scenery with its lush-green rice terraces and soaring mountains, as well as its different ...

Boat trip in Tam Coc and Trang An

Boat trip in Tam Coc and Trang An

A visit to Tam Coc and Trang An gives a perfect opportunity to travel along scenic rivers in a small ...

Bac Ha market on Sundays

Bac Ha market on Sundays

Bac Ha Market is one of the most well-known and biggest in Northwest Vietnam. This market is held every Sunday ...

Trekking and homestay in Sapa

Trekking and homestay in Sapa

Sapa is a relatively small town located in the lush-green highlands of Vietnam and popular for trekking by the rice ...

Overnight cruise in Halong Bay

Overnight cruise in Halong Bay

An overnight cruise on the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Halong Bay, an archipelago of thousands of rock and island formations, is ...

Kayaking in Halong bay

Kayaking in Halong bay

Kayaking in Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site gives a perfect opportunity to explore the stunning beauty of this ...

Cyclo tour around Hanoi's old quarter

Cyclo tour around Hanoi's old quarter

A cyclo (a "bicycle taxi" pedalled by a rear-seated driver) gives a fun and relaxing way to slowly take in ...

Water puppet show in Hanoi

Water puppet show in Hanoi

The water puppet shows in Hanoi are enchanting, curious and charming and great entertainment for all ages on the Vietnam ...

Tasting street foods in Hanoi

Tasting street foods in Hanoi

A street food tour is a must-do experience in Hanoi. It is very difficult to find the best food stalls ...

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