Vietnam might not seem like an adventurous destination on first glance. You might notice the motorbike-filled streets of Hanoi, or the endless street food stalls in Ho Chi Minh City. You’ll likely take lots of photos of the rice terraces and their traditional farmers, or the limestone outcrops in the Gulf of Tonkin. But if you’re willing to dig a little deeper into the country, you’ll find a Vietnam adventure waiting.
The mighty Mekong River is a great source of adventure for thrill-seekers. Considering this river is a life source for many Vietnamese people, it only makes sense to find so much activity along its banks (and in its waters). Kayaking down the Mekong River offers an active way to see what life is like here, with a unique perspective. The floating market tends to be an exciting draw, and you’ll be able to see how the locals live. You can also spend a few days cycling along the banks of the river, making your way through villages and stopping whenever you feel like it along the way.
Speaking of cycling, on your Vietnam adventure, you can also cycle through jungle landscapes. Take note of the tropical flora and fauna, visit a coffee farm, and hang out with some friendly Vietnamese folks. By bike, explore a mangrove forest and its many villages, and stop at an oyster farm. Enjoy the flatness of the Mekong Delta, where you’ll find exceptional local food offerings. For something more challenging, cycle from Ho Chi Minh City to the central highland of Dalat city, and then relax at beautiful Nha Trang beach.
You might’ve seen pictures of Halong Bay around the Internet – it’s that gorgeous and surreal turquoise body of water dotted with endless limestone pillars. It’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Although the most popular way to see Halong Bay is by cruise, there are plenty of options for more adventurous folks once you arrive, including checking out hidden caves, hiking, swimming, and kayaking. (When you want to relax and work on your tan on deck, that’s fine too!)Read More ...