Best things to do in Vietnam

Being that Vietnam is such a big and diverse country, there are heaps of incredible things to do, making it a one-stop shop country for both culture and adventure. To help you out, here’s a list of things to do in Vietnam so you don’t miss out on anything epic.
Go on a Food Trip
Next to Thailand, Vietnam has to be one of my favorite places for street food in Southeast Asia. The best thing about it is the street food is dirt cheap with a piping bowl of authentic Pho starting at a mere $1. In the complete guidebook which you can find at the bottom of this page, I’ve also listed a few of my personal food stall/ restaurant recommendations in both Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi, and Hoi An. From where to get my favorite Bun Cha Hanoi to the best soup lady in town, going on a food trip in Vietnam is considered as a cultural highlight.
Attend Cooking Classes
When my partner Tom and I first met in Vietnam, one of the first things I did was drag him to a cooking class where we got to make our own spring rolls, pho, and other awesome Vietnamese delicacies. For me, it was the perfect souvenir and was a fun alternative to the usual sightseeing activities. Take a look at these cooking classes in Vietnam for more details on the various cooking classes available.
Buy a Motorbike and Travel from North to South (or vice-versa)
To this date, my partner Tom still raves about his experience of buying a motorbike and driving it throughout the length of Vietnam. Not only did he see so many incredible viewpoints and scenery along the way, the freedom of having your own transportation makes a huge difference to your entire experience. The best part about buying a motorbike was being able to stop in smaller, less touristy towns and really interact with the locals. At that time, he bought his motorbike for $250 and sold it for the same price a month and a half later. If you’re an avid motorbike person or if you simply want to take on this once in a lifetime adventure, check out our complete guide on traveling around Vietnam on a motorbike.
Get Adventurous
While Vietnam is packed with so many cultural highlights, it also has heaps of adventurous things to do. From going canyoning in Dalat, sliding down the sand dunes and kitesurfing in Mui Ne.
Explore Hoi An
Hoi An in Vietnam is one of my favorite areas, mainly due to the incredible food, vibe, and atmosphere that this UNESCO Heritage town has. Rent a bicycle and bike around the old town and to the beach. Stop by and get some tailor-made clothes (if you have room in your backpack!).
Wander Around the Busy Cities of Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi
Admittedly, I am not a city person so the chaotic and busy cities of Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi are not really my cup of tea. However, after you get over the chaos and the constant barrage of motorbikes coming from every direction, the two metropolitan cities of Vietnam can be pretty cool. With classy rooftop bars, a budding craft beer movement, and an incredible array of food options, spending a few days in these two cities is still worth doing.
In Ho Chi Minh, visit the War Remnants Museum, Reunification Palace, and Notre Dame Cathedral for a quick taste of history and culture. Wander around and enjoy their version of Khao San Road, Pham Ngu Lao for some cheap street food and even cheaper beer! The best part about Ho Chi Minh is its accessibility to day trips to the Cu Chi Tunnels and the river cruises through the Mekong River.
In Hanoi on the other hand, is a little bit more relaxed compared to Ho Chi Minh. A few of the best things to do in Hanoi is to stroll down the scenic Hoan Kiem Lake, Nha Tho Cathedral and the Old Quarter. From Hanoi, you can also arrange trips to Halong Bay, Ninh Binh, and Sapa.
Bask Along Beautiful Beaches
Surprisingly, apart from bustling cities and incredible mountains, the beaches in Vietnam are a great place to relax and unwind for a few days. Whether it’s the beaches in Mui Ne, Hoi An, Nha Trang, or Phu Quoc Island, there are plenty of outdoor activities for you to do. During my time in Vietnam, I even decided to go diving in Nha Trang and although it wasn’t the best location, I still enjoyed my time underwater.
Listed below are a few links to related articles.
Things to do in Phu Quoc Island
Best Diving in Vietnam
Explore Northern Vietnam
By far, one of the best things to do in Vietnam is to go hiking in Sapa. This beautiful little town of Sapa in Northern Vietnam is one of Tom’s personal favorites as he got to experience an authentic homestay with a lovely woman named Cho Cho. When traveling to Vietnam, definitely don’t miss out on this experience.
Go on a Halong Bay Cruise
Personally, I think Halong Bay is slightly overrated. If I could do it all over again, I would spend a bit more money and opt to go to other locations that are a bit further. Other alternatives would be to aboard a junk ship that heads to Cat Ba Island, Lan Ha Bay, and Bai Tu Long Bay. As they are located further away, the waters are not as crowded and dirty, actually allowing you time to take in the beauty of these limestone cliffs.
Best things to do in Vietnam
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