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Top 15 Undeniably Fun Things to do in Vietnam

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Vietnam. Every single time I think of you, a million pictures run through my head. My eyes light up and a satisfied smile shows up on my face. Vietnam, I fell in love with you and you left me craving for more!

When my friends or the people I meet ask me:  “Why should I visit Vietnam?”, I can only say this: This country is one of my absolute favourite countries to visit in Asia. There is such a large variety of fun things to do in Vietnam!

If it is beautiful scenery you seek, you will find it.

If it is an incredible culinary experience you are after, you will explore it.

If it is real country style living you wish to discover, you can see it.

If it is history you want to learn, you will have it.

If it is relaxation you are chasing, you will get it.

Do I have to say more?  You just need to simply experience it yourself!  So, sit down, open your eyes wide and click through our amazing list of 15 super fun things to do in Vietnam!

Today I would like to take you on a more visual adventure in order to show you what I think are the best places to visit and experience in Vietnam.  Here we go:

 

Top 15 Fun Things to do in Vietnam

Find below our list of some of the most fun things to do in beautiful Vietnam:

Top 15 Fun Things to do in Vietnam

 

1. Take a Hike in the Sapa Valley

Take a 4-hour hike through the Muong Hoa Valley in the Hoang Lien Son Mountain in north-west Vietnam.  One of the most picturesque walks that you will ever experience.  

Enjoy a 12 km hike from the township of Sapa through the rice paddies and various H'mong villages.  Awesome!  Check out our blog post on the Hike through the valley of Sapa.

Sapa Muong Hoa Valley Hiking

 

2. Stay in the Mountains

Chill out in the ‘Bora-Bora-like' picture-perfect landscape, with 360-degree views on the Hoang Lien Son Mountains, rice paddies local villages.  Enjoy the peacefulness of this magical place.  I don’t know about you, but when we saw this place, we simply had to stay here!  

You can check out our review of the Topas Eco Lodge here.

Where to Stay in VietnamTopas Eco Lodge Sapa Valley

 

3. Try the Local Brew

Indulge in the local homemade rice vino. Now, this stuff is super strong haha…  So if you are used to the wine with a low percentage, you will be tasting something more like a liquor here!  Tasty, but fiery!

Rice Wine in Vietnam Sapa Valley

 

4. Ride a 70-year-old train

To travel on this train is truly an experience and a half.  A 70-year-old French-built train, a journey all the way from Hanoi to Sapa, a pretty shaky and rocky overnight adventure.  

A truly one of a kind experience that you simply must do. Follow the link to see our blog post about the Sapaly Express Train.

Sapaly Express Vietnam - Train from Hanoi to Sapa

 

5. Visit Bac Ha Markets

Local minority groups gather at the Bac Ha markets every Sunday.  

These markets are truly unique and you can find all kinds of a hand made things like brooms, intricate souvenirs and colourful clothes.  Piles of tobacco, freshly chopped meat and fish markets.  You can buy a pet, working buffalo or a pig. 

And of course, indulge in a variety of delicious dishes.  Yumm!

Bac Ha Markets Sapa

 

6. Check out Hanoi Architecture

Hanoi!! What is not to love about Hanoi! A city that can be explored day after day!  

There are lots of things to see in Hanoi and you will find that you can always discover more gems hidden amongst all the madness of the scooter capital of the planet, haha…  

Make your way to see the Notre Dame of Hanoi, get lost in the little alleys of the Old Quarter, enjoy the bustle of the local activity and marvel at the way that food is cooked and prepared! Very cool!

Here you can find the Top 5 Must See Tourist Hanoi Attractions.

Notre Dame of Hanoi - Vietnamese Architecture

 

7. Follow the Train Tracks

Go on a wander through the Authentic Hanoi and see what really happens behind the curtains of the shop front streets. This will give you an insight into how people live in Hanoi. 

A must on your list of things to do in Vietnam. I think the true fun of a new destinations lies behind what the guidebooks tell you to see, explore further and beyond!  

To read more, click Authentic things to do in Hanoi.

Authentic Things to do in Hanoi

 

8. Try Something New!

You will meet a lot of street vendors and they all have something yummy to sell you. Take time to try something new, some fruit that you never had before or some dish that everyone else seems to enjoy!  

You never know, it might just be the most delicious thing you ever tried.  Well, or not, haha…

Things to do in Hanoi

 

9. Spend a Night on a Little Plastic Stool!

In order to truly have a taste of Vietnam, pull up on one of the tiny plastic chairs and the smallest table you will ever sit at and stuff your face with delicious food till your belly bursts. Order a table FULL of food and drinks! With such cheap prices, you don't even have to think twice, plus that way if you don't like something, you can simply try something else!  

It is what the culture is about, simply hang out on a little plastic stool all night long! It might just one of the best nights of your life, you never know! Right?

Things to do in Hanoi - the Old Quarter

 

10. Try Egg Coffee

YUMM!!! Do I even have to say more?! Ok ok…  Super creamy, smooth and extraordinarily delicious Egg Coffee is a one of a kind coffee. Now I am talking to all coffee lovers here. You must try this one when you are in Hanoi.  Find Giang Cafe and take a moment to enjoy pure perfection. 

Check out our blog post and a video on Vietnamese Coffee.

Hanoi Egg Coffe - Ghian Cafe

 

11. Climb Tip Top Island

Halong Bay is yet another one of those places where the 360-degree views just take your breath away.  This is truly a spectacular panoramic lookout. The climb might not be as much fun, but the cruise there and the view from the top sure tops the list of spectacular moments!

Travel to Vietnam - Ha Long Bay - Titov Island

 

12. Take a Cruise on Halong Bay

Take a break from reality and spoil yourself.  Enjoy a Halong Bay overnight cruise, cocktail in hand whilst cruising through the amazing Halong Bay.  This is a cruise to remember and another must on your things to do in Vietnam list.  

Have some fun jumping into the water from the second level of the Junkboat, go through various caves on your kayak and try your hand at some squid fishing!

Read our post about our love for Halong Bay here.

Halong Bay Vietnam - Indochina Sails

 

13. Explore Hoi An – The City Of Lanterns

This place is magical. During the day the Old Town of Hoi An will provide you with sensory overload.  Awesome food, enchanting streets, multitude of history and plenty of shopping. 

At night…  The Old Town thrives. The beating heart of Hoi An will mesmerise you. Colourful and beautiful!

The Old Town Hoi An - Things to do in Vietnam

 

14. Ride on the Motorcycle

Nothing more fun then wind through your hair and a smile on your face when riding on your own scooter or a motorcycle. Total freedom to go where you want! What a way to explore the real Vietnam!

Hoi-An-Fishing-and-Palm-Tree-Villages-by-Wanderlust-Storytellers-1

 

15. Relax in Style on the Beach

Veg out in style and relax on the beach… no need to say no more. We all know beach days are fun!!

Hoi An Beach by Wanderlust storytellers - An Bang Beach

Memories that last a lifetime! We will definitely be going back for more of Vietnam. A truly amazing place to visit!  A country that you offers you ‘fun' for a super cheap price.

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Matt
    January 1, 2018 at 12:29 am

    Andrzej, I LOVE THIS POST!!! Vietnam is gorgeous and you obviously totally enjoyed it! I even read your article about vietnamese coffee, I see you also tried Iced Coconut Coffee Vietnam Style! YUMMY!!!!

    I just got back from 3 months in Vietnam.

    Will share your article now on Pinterest =))
    Safe travels, Matt

    • Reply
      Jolene Ejmont
      January 6, 2018 at 11:12 am

      Yes, we are hoping to return to Vietnam again this year! So much to love there 🙂 3 Months in Vietnam sounds perfect!!

  • Reply
    Khuyenmai HappyLuke
    April 5, 2018 at 12:25 pm

    There are surely lots of things to do and visit here in Vietnam. We have the finest beaches, beautiful sceneries, and vast culture. I’m glad that you really enjoyed your stay here and had fun eating our foods!

    • Reply
      Jolene Ejmont
      April 7, 2018 at 3:08 pm

      We are coming back in July to eat more good food!! Can’t wait 🙂 Best food ever!

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