What to do in Vietnam?
Vietnam offers a multitude of things to do for all tastes. Whatever your profile, you will find necessarily adapted activities for you and your desires.
There are, of course, classic, essential activities well known to the general public, but we will instead review some examples of original activities in Vietnam.
What to do in North Vietnam
Sleeping on a junk in Halong Bay
Halong Bay is a must in North Vietnam. This is one of seven new wonders of nature elected in 2011 and the landscapes on site are truly breathtaking.
If you decide to stay one (or more) nights while visiting Halong Bay, you will have several options and one of them is spending the night on a junk.
So, having spent the day contemplating nature, visiting fishing villages and caves, swimming and why not have practiced kayaking in this unique setting, you can admire a sumptuous sunset aboard your junk before you eat on it and sleep in your room on board. This is an unforgettable experience as you will spend the night in the middle of the South China Sea, in one of the most beautiful natural sites in the world. No doubt it will remain a highlight of your stay in Vietnam.
Drink an egg coffee in Hanoi
Coffee is very popular in everyday life in Vietnam and Hanoi, the capital city in northern Vietnam. And one of the country's specialties is egg coffee.
The recipe was created during the Indochina War. Milk was scarce at this time and cappuccinos became more and more rare and more expensive. The idea then came to a Vietnamese bartender to replace it with egg yolk. A few years later, it was a huge success and he opened his own café offering this specialty. Today several addresses of the capital serve this coffee or variants. Lovers or not of coffee, do not hesitate to try the coffee with the egg, you will not be disappointed!
Take a boat trip in Ninh Binh
Nicknamed "Halong Bay Land", Ninh Binh is also one of the top destinations in Northern Vietnam. The natural landscapes found there are unique.
Once there, you will have the opportunity to go for a boat ride on the river. There are several possible itineraries, which will allow you to admire the landscapes that surround you, the caves, the forests, the lotuses, the water lilies but also different species of animals (such as white langurs) and plants, all with magnificent overview. If you go to Ninh Binh do not miss this opportunity!
What to do in Central Vietnam
Make your own lantern in Hoi An
Lanterns are a very important element in Hoi An and are even considered a symbol of this city in Central Vietnam. During your walks on site you will also have the opportunity to observe thousands, with different shapes and colors.
It is obviously possible to buy a lantern on site, but some shops also offer a course and the possibility of making your own lantern. They will also teach you to bend it to bring it home when you return without damaging it. This fun activity allows you to have your own personalized lantern and the pride of having done it yourself and not just having bought it like the majority of visitors!
Participate in agricultural activities in the village of Tra Que
Tra Que is a small village in Central Vietnam, quite close to Hoi An and renowned for its authenticity and organic farming. In fact, the farmers use techniques of historical and ancestral cultures, without machines and without GMOs. It is the river near the village that provides seaweed that is subsequently used as a natural fertilizer for crops spread over 40 hectares.
Visit the marble mountains between Danang and Hoi An
Located between the cities of Danang and Hoi An in Central Vietnam, the Marble Mountains represent a set of 5 hills, each named according to a natural element: Thuy Son (water), Hoa Son (fire), Tho Son (the earth), Kim Son (the metal) and Moc Son (the wood).
Thuy Son Hill is the most important and is home to many shrines, pagodas and Buddhist statues that gives the place a special charm and a spiritual side. On this same hill are also present various caves sheltering stalagmites, stalactites, statues,... Each pagoda and each cave has its own universe and it offers a very interesting spectacle. The Huyen Khong cave served as a landmark for the Vietnamese during the war.
By visiting these mountains you you will have the opportunity to admire the local art of sculpture, which is always transmitted from generation to generation. Statues or jewelry made locally are also for export.
What to do in South Vietnam
Take a jeep ride on the white sand dunes in Mui Ne
Mui Ne is a seaside resort in southern Vietnam. The particularity of Mui Ne compared to other seaside destinations in Vietnam is the presence in the region of red sand dunes and white sand dunes.
Rather vast, it is possible to take a jeep ride on these dunes of white sand. This is a rather original way to explore the surroundings, especially since the driver tends to stop at some locations that offer great views and the possibility of making beautiful pictures. You will then have the impression of being in full adventure in the desert, while the beaches of Mui Ne are only a few kilometers away.
Make a mud bath in Nha Trang
Nha Trang is another seaside resort in southern Vietnam. Its bay is part of the club of the most beautiful bays in the world, but this is another aspect of the destination that will interest us here.
Indeed, Nha Trang is also famous for its mud baths. After being treated, mud is known to have many healing properties on the body, health and physical appearance. This would also reduce stress but also relieve people with dermatological or cardiovascular problems. Such mud baths are available at several addresses in Nha Trang. Despite frequent hesitation, many visitors are tempted by this experience and come out satisfied, so it's your turn to let yourself be tempted.
Attend the show A O Show in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)
In addition to being the largest city in Vietnam and its economic heart, Ho Chi Minh City offers the opportunity to attend an acrobatic show, A O Show.
This one-hour show pays tribute to Vietnamese culture in many ways. There are acrobatics, traditional dances, optical illusions based on bamboo stems, music played by 17 traditional instruments, plays of light, ...
In addition, this superb staging takes place in the opera of the city, built in 1900 and considered a real architectural gem.