8 must-visit destinations in Vietnam for adventurous travellers
Home to a rich collection of history and culture, Vietnam is undoubtedly one of Southeast Asia’s most attractive countries. Nature enthusiasts can also find a lot of sightseeing opportunities during their holidays, from pristine beaches and unspoiled small islands to towering mountains and tropical rainforests with thousands of rare and precious wildlife species.
For those who want to experience the local lifestyle, Vietnam has hill tribes and rice farmers along the northern mountains, while the fishing villages are scattered in the central and southern regions of the country. Triparoundme has listed 8 most amazing destinations in Vietnam for both locals and foreigners who are willing to seek a new adventure.
1. Son Doong Cave
Son Doong Cave is known as the largest natural cave in the world, there are many limestone caves, stalactites, and stalagmites. Located in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park (about 500km south of Hanoi), the cave is a must-see for adventurous travelers who want to explore one of Vietnam’s natural gems.
Son Doong Cave was first discovered in 1991 by a local man named Ho Khanh, then a group of British watchers led by Howard Limbert in 2009. With sections as high as 200 meters, the cave Son Doong also stretches for 9 km, making it about twice as big as Deer Cave in Malaysia. The cave is also home to a variety of wildlife, including monkeys, bats and flying foxes.
2. Con Dao Islands
The Con Dao archipelago consists of 16 small uninhabited islands just off the southern coast of Vietnam, each of which has large beaches covered with evergreen trees. The main island used to house a French-run prison for Vietnamese involved in the independence movement. Today, it is a famous place for snorkeling, swimming and diving.
Con Dao islands is also a famous turtle breeding ground, so if you visit around June to September, you may even have the opportunity to watch turtles lay eggs.
Trekking Fansipan mountain in Sapa may require a good level of fitness, but you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the mountains and countryside in northwest Vietnam as well as the transient of Yulong Mountain in China.
Located 9 km southwest of Sapa village, three-day to five-day hiking excursions are available between October and March, where you will cross tribal villages on hills and roads. thickly worn, followed by a 2,000-meter trek up to the top of the mountain.
4. Sand Dunes of Mui Ne
Mui Ne sand dunes are famous not only for the picturesque landscape but also for fun activities such as sand slides, kite flying, and four-wheel cycling. You can find many tour operators in Mui Ne who organize day trips to this attractive destination while plastic warehouses are available for rent at affordable prices.
Just be sure to check prices and agree in advance. The best time to visit Mui Ne sand dune is in the early morning or late afternoon because it can be very hot during the day. Be sure to wear sunscreen and drink plenty of water during your visit as well.
5. Tram Chim National Park (Dong Thap Province)
Located in Dong Thap province, Tram Chim National Park is a must-visit for bird enthusiasts and wildlife photographers. From the end of December to the beginning of May, more than 60,000 birds (especially cranes) fly to Tram Chim each year and the best way to see them is to take a boat through the park.
There are three available boat routes, with the shortest (45 minutes) costing 500,000 VND / boat and the longest (2.5 hours) costing 800,000 VND per boat. Guests can enjoy various activities during the low season, including cycling, mountain climbing, rice harvesting and fishing.
6. Mekong Delta
The Mekong Delta includes a number of canals that flow through the southern region of Vietnam. Locally known as the Mekong River, the 15,000-square-meter plain is lined with riverside villages, floating markets of Buddhism, fish farms and rice plantations. Great for travelers who want to explore a traditional part of Ho Chi Minh City, day trips to this natural attraction are available at various prices, often including stops in villages such as Ben Tre, My Tho and Cai Be.
7. Thac Bac Waterfalls (Silver Falls)
Surrounded by lush greenery, natural caves, and rock pools, Thac Bac Waterfall is a 200-metre-tall waterfall located about 11 kilometres west of Sapa Village. Also known as Silver Falls, the cascading waters originate from the summit of Lo Sui Tong Mountain, resembling a white dragon from a distance.
Entrance to Thac Bac Waterfall costs 20,000VND, where visitors can trek through the forest, swim in its rock pools, or simply relax and enjoy the quiet surroundings.
8. Ha Long Bay
Ha Long Bay is arguably Vietnam’s most recognized landscape, boasting over 1,600 limestone islands and small islands. Located in northern Vietnam, the bay listed by UNESCO has a variety of biodiversity, while the surreal scenery has been featured in many films over the years.
Needless to say, it was a must-visit for any first time visitor to Vietnam. The best way to get to Ha Long Bay is by car, minibus or taking a day tour from Hanoi, just 170 km away. Although overnight stays on traditional junk boat are popular options, you can also opt for an interesting seaplane trip from Hanoi to Halong Bay.