10 Cool Things to do in Vietnam
Discover 10 cool things to do in Vietnam. Once you get outside of the cities, Vietnam is an amazing country to travel in. Even in the cities, there are plenty of things to do. Also, the food is amazing! I only wish my visa lasted longer than a month. Here are my 10 picks for things to do in Vietnam.
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10 Cool Things to do in Vietnam
1. Halong Bay Cruise
The first thing on this list of cool things to do in Vietnam is something I decided not to do last minute. I went to Halong and was even on a boat, but then changed my mind. After being on the boat I remembered that I hate boats and left!
I have spoken to people that have been on these cruises though and rave about them.
2. Hiking in Sapa
Sapa was not my favorite town in Vietnam, but hiking in Sapa was awesome. Instead of a mainstream tour, I hired a young village lady to take me to her village. Getting to know about her and her village life was very interesting. She was a real-life kidnapped bride!
3. Hanoi Hilton
The Hanoi Hilton is an infamous jail. The French colonists jailed political prisoners there. Following that, the North Vietnamese held American POW there. These days it is a very interesting museum.
4. Water Puppet Show
Vietnamese water puppet shows are traditional music and wooden puppets acting on water. The puppeteers control them with a long stick from behind a curtain. The shows usually retell some type of Vietnamese folklore. Worth a look if you haven’t seen it before.
5. Cu Chi Tunnels
Number 5 on this list of things to do in Vietnam is the Cu Chi Tunnels. During the Vietnam war, the Vietnamese built a massive underground tunnel system. As part of the Cu Chi Tunnels tour, you can walk in these very same tunnels! You also learn a lot about the way of life during those times. It’s an interesting tour.
Most tours to Cu Chi leave from Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC)
6. Long Son Pagoda, Nha Trang
I remember getting a hotel a 2-minute walk away from the beach in Nha Trang for under 6usd a night. I was pretty happy with that. The other thing I remember about Nha Trang was the Long Son Pagoda. There are many pagodas in Vietnam. I got tired of them after a while, but Long Son was my favorite.
It’s a nice climb up the stairs and halfway up you can go inside a bell. Then a monk hits it! At the end of the climb, there is a massive Buddha.
7. My Son, Hoi An
My Son is a historical set of ruins and a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is a Hindu temple complex built by the Champa.
Although it is quite famous, I remember it being a very calm place. There were people there, but it was not overrun. Also, it is easy to see from Hoi An without an organized tour.
8. Motorbike Riding in Dalat
Dalat was one of my favorite places in Vietnam. When I arrived a man sold me a cheap hotel and a motorbike tour. I usually don’t go for tours but I am glad I did this one. There is no way I would have seen even half the things I did if it wasn’t for taking this tour. Also, it was only me and the driver.
There are many things to see in Dalat. Village, coffee plantations, waterfalls, the Crazy House, and more!
9. Tomb of Khai Dinh, Hue
There are several of these tombs around Hue, but this one is the most famous. I hired a motorbike for the day to go find it. It took me a while due to the rain and dodgy map but was worth the ride.
It is a nice place to wander around for an hour or two. Marvel at the carvings.
10. Mekong Delta
The last thing on this list of cool things to do in Vietnam is the Mekong Delta. You can get multi-day trips down the Mekong. I only took a short one. Less than an hour. It was part of my Cu Chi tunnels tour.
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