From must-do activities like cruising around Halong Bay or crawling through the Cu Chi Tunnels to brag-worthy feats like drinking snake wine or scuba diving in the Phu Quoc Island, here are 100+ incredible things to do in Vietnam.
See how many you can check off on your trip in Vietnam.
Things to do in North Vietnam
- Ride a classic cyclo, Vietnam’s ubiquitous three-wheel bicycle taxis.
- Tuck into a bowl of steaming Pho at a street-side restaurant in Hanoi
- Watch a traditional water puppet show in Hanoi.
- Light incense at the famous Perfume Pagoda, one of Vietnam’s most famous Buddhist shrines.
- Try Vietnam’s scariest beverage, Snake Wine – if you dare.
- Take a street food tour of Hanoi.
- Hire a motorbike and zoom along the city streets.
- Pay your respects to the founder of unified Vietnam at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Complex in Hanoi.
Hanoi – Bucket List
Ride a cyclo around Hanoi Old Quarter
Take a street food tour of Hanoi
Ride a motorbike around Hanoi City
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SAPA – HA GIANG
- Hiking through the Sapa Hills
- Conquer Vietnam’s highest mountain peak, Fansipan.
- Photograph the spectacular rice terraces surrounding Sa Pa, Mu Cang Chai or Ha Giang
- Attending Love Market in Sapa and try their traditional dance : Múa Sạp
Mu Cang Chai – Spectacular terrace field in Vietnam
- Ride Motocycle to breathtaking terraced lanscape and winding roads in Ha Giang province.
- Eating five-colored sticky Rice of The Tay Ethnic group in Sapa, Ha Giang.
- Cloud-hunting Trip in Y Ty – an adventure to another world: The experience of motorbike road trip to Y Ty – the foggy land with gorgeous terraced fields and charming beauty – was an amazing journey and I loved every minute of it.
- Take a hill tribe trek through the Sapa Valley.
Cloud Hunting in Y Ty, Vietnam
- Ride a seaplane over Halong Bay.
- Take a cruise around Halong Bay on a Junk boat.
Enjoy Halong Cruise
- Get off-the-beaten-track and explore the natural grottoes of Tam Coc.
- Hike through the Cuc Phuong National Park.
- Ride a board in Trang An Grottoes
- Visit Bai Dinh, Ninh Binh – the largest religious pagoda complex in Vietnam
- Visit Ban Gioc Waterfall – one of the four largest waterfall on earth.
Ninh Binh Landscape, Vietnam
Gate of Bai Dinh Pagoda, Ninh Binh, Vietnam
A corner of Bai Dinh Pagoda, Ninh Binh, Vietnam
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Things to do in Central Vietnam
- Discover Hue’s UNESCO-listed Imperial City.
- Check out Vietnam’s tallest temple, the seven-story Thien Mu Pagoda in Hue.
- Attend one of Vietnam’s unique cultural festivals like the Elephant Racing Festival in Tay Nguyen, the Huong Pagoda Festival or the Le Mat Snake Village Festival.
- Visit Elephant Springs
- Cruise on the Huong River
Thien Mu Pagoda, Hue, Vietnam
- Be a farmer in a day in Tra Que Herbal Village
- Take a bike ride of Hoi An’s charming Old Town.
- Get a suit or dress tailor-made in Hoi An.
- Attend Lantern Festival in a fullmoon day.
- Visit the UNESCO-listed ruins of My Son.
Hoi An – Bucket List
Be a farmer in Tra Que Village, Hoi An
- Try banh mi the world’s best sandwich
- Go sandboarding down the Mui Ne sand dunes.
Ride a dug-out canoe around Lak Lake.
- Try scuba diving in Nha Trang. Cham Island
Banh My Phuong in Danang, Vietnam
Diving in Cham Island, Danang, Vietnam
- Quang Noodle with Chicken Ba Mua
- Stroll through the spectacular Paradise Cave in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park – home to some of the world’s oldest karst formations (limestone hills) and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Do Zipline in world’s longest zip-line in Phong Nha -Ke Bang National Park.
- Trekking through Spectacular Vietnam’s Tu Lan cave system, nearby Hang Son Doong and camp in the lush, primary jungle near Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.
Zipline in Phong Nha – Ke Bang
Things to do in Southern Vietnam
- What is canyoning? Da Lat is a great place to learn what it is first hand. You’ll navigate your way down a canyon and waterfalls by abseiling (aka rappelling), scrambling, zip lining, jumping and swimming. No previous experience required, just a little .
- See Watch Sakura Cherry Blossom
- Take a backroads motorbike trip.
- Top up your tan at the white sand beaches of Phu Quoc island, Mui Ne, An Bang Beach.
Sakura Cherry Blossom in Dalat, Vietnam
HO CHI MINH CITY
- Crawl through the famous Cu Chi Tunnels on a day trip from Ho Chi Minh City.
- Experience Vietnam’s rich cultural heritage with a show at the Saigon Opera House in Ho Chi Minh.
- Learn about Vietnam’s turbulent war years at the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City.
- Hunt for bargains at the markets of Ho Chi Minh City.
- Savor the unique flavors of Vietnamese cuisine with a cooking class.
- Attend a traditional Vietnamese wedding.
- Ride the scenic Reunification Express train all the way from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh city and admire Hai Van Pass
- Purchase some typical Vietnamese souvenirs, like a conical hat, a tailored silk blouse or local handicrafts.
- Look down over Ho Chi Minh City from the Saigon Skydeck.
- Join the festivities at the vibrant Tet Festival, the Vietnamese New Year.
A corner of Hai Van Pass
- Visit the Cai Be floating market on a cruise along the Mekong Delta.
- Enjoy wildlife spotting and bird watching in the UNESCO-listed Can Gio Biosphere Reserve.
- Try foul-smelling – the unique of Durian is one of the symbols of Mekong delta
- Standing on giant lotus leaves in Dong Thap’s temple
- Take a steamy bath in the Thanh Tan Hot Springs.
- Enjoy a traditional foot massage while lounging on the beach.
Cai Be Floating Market
- “Lobster island” as its lobsters are considered the most delicious and cheapest in Vietnam.
Lobster in Phu Quoc
- Eat fetal duck eggs
- Duck egg fetuses, fresh fish having the life fried out of them in front of your eyes, crickets, and dog meat are just four of the culinary options at your feet.
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