Loaded with breathtaking nature, memorable experiences and immersive culture, Vietnam is no doubt one of the most versatile and unique places to visit this summer. While Covid 19 grounded international travel around the globe, Vietnam has been ramping up efforts to be ready for international travel and gearing up for domestic travel as well!
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We’ve put together a list of activities you could enjoy while exploring Vietnam this summer!
1. Relax on beautiful beaches
Vietnam boasts more than 2,000 kilometers of coastline and has countless beautiful beaches in each region. June to September is the best period to enjoy and relax on the beach, bathing in the summer sun!
We have written an entire blog post on the top 5 beach destinations in Vietnam to visit. Click here!
2. Sail past the Tam Coc rice fields
Tam Coc and its famous rice paddies is inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Undoubtedly, the best way to experience the rice fields is to take a slow, relaxing boat ride along the Ngo Dong River, admiring the unbelievable landscape as you go.
Getting to Tam Coc is easier than ever. The area has become more popular with visitors in recent years and there are now more buses and trains from Hanoi to Ninh Binh, which take about three hours. You can opt for organised day tours and two-day trips if you’d prefer to take the pressure off planning your excursion.
3. Explore the world’s largest cave in Phong Nha National Park
You have probably seen such views in movies and wonder, are these caves even real? Why not explore Hang Son Doong cave – the largest cave in the world!
The area is riddled with hundreds of caves, and the surrounding jungle is filled with stunning waterfalls and rich wildlife. We recommend booking a tour with registered tour packages that can bring you to the caves.
4. Visit the highest point in the Indochina peninsula
You may wonder if this is the Swiss Alps but no, this is actually located in Vietnam! Mount Fansipan is the highest mountain in Vietnam and Indochina peninsula, and it boasts magnificent mountainous views like this!
Mount Fansipan is located in the Northern part of Vietnam, near Sapa. You may choose to take a 2-day hike up to the summit, or take the cable car 🚠 up to the summit (which takes about 30 mins).
5. Marvel at Ban Gioc Waterfall
Ban Gioc waterfall is located in between Vietnam and China, and it is a natural border in the north of Vietnam. The waterfall is literally in between both countries, with the northern side belonging to China’s territory and Vietnam on the other. It claims to be the highest natural waterfall in the Southeast Asia region, reaching to more than 70 meters with three layers of falls and spreading to 208 meters in total width.
Located in the Cao Bang region, there is also plenty to see and do in the region. There are caves to explore, local homestays to experience and more waterfalls to visit!
6. Walk across the Golden Hands Bridge in Da Nang
“Experience France without leaving Vietnam”
A 45-minute car ride away from Da Nang, you will get to experience a beautiful hilltop resort – Ba Na Hills. It is famous for its French village with buildings that look like medieval castles, and the most famous, majestic Golden Hands Bridge.
Check out this video to find out more about Ba Na Hills and the Golden Hands Bridge in Da Nang!
7. Visit one of Vietnam’s Islands
Vietnam spans more than 2,000 kilometers of coast lines, and hundreds of islands and islets. Of all the Islands, there are numerous you should visit! You can check out our blog for more recommendations on islands you should visit this summer!
8. Play golf within the mountains
With less than a 90-minute drive from Hanoi, you can enjoy a golf experience like no other. The Phoenix Golf Resort’s has a 54-hole, and is the largest pure-play golf facility in Vietnam, and second-largest in Asia! There are 3 courses: Phoenix, Dragon and Master. Both Phoenix and Dragon play in a more mountainous region. Of course, there are many other world-class amenities in the resort and there are activities for the whole family to enjoy!
9. Go Sandboarding on the Sand Dunes in Mui Ne
Are you looking for an adventure? Do check out Mui Ne and the sand dunes! Due to the strong sea breezes, Mui Ne is a popular destination in Vietnam for kite and windsurfing. The famous sand dunes located a short distance north of the town, provides an awesome panoramic sunset view!
10. Walk along Old Town in Hoi An
Hoi An’s Old Town is sometimes called the “Venice of Vietnam” because of the narrow canals the run through the town. Hoi An definitely has one of the most beautiful Old Towns in Vietnam, and it has consistently been on the top 10 must visits of travel blogs about Vietnam!