7 interesting things to do in Vietnam for casual travelers

Vietnam is becoming more attractive to adventurous travelers due to various stunning sites. So what are the most interesting things to do in Vietnam for them?

Taking a bike tour around Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi

Hoan Kiem Lake

Hoan Kiem Lake – Hanoi (Source: Internet)

If you are looking for interesting things to do in Vietnam, riding a bike around Hoan Kiem Lake can be a great idea. The lake is not only one of the favorite paths for bikers but also a symbol of the city.

Taking a tour around it can allow you a better understanding of the history of Vietnam and the local people’s lifestyle. For example, the old and middle-aged women do exercise in the early morning as a regular habit. So you will see a lot of them jogging, running, or practicing aerobics around the lake. It will be even more exciting if you can join one of those activities and feel what the local feels.

However, the area around Hoan Kiem Lake has been made pedestrian walkway on weekends. So you should choose to take a tour on weekdays to fully experience the sites and the people as you wish.

Riding a boat in Trang An

Trang An

Trang An Ninh Binh (Source: Internet)

Trang An is a popular ecological tourist scenery in Ninh Binh Province. Considered a crucial national heritage and recognized a multi-layered World Heritage Site, Trang An is being well-preserved by the Government of Vietnam.

There are many things to do in Vietnam but you should always pay a visit and try going for a boat ride in Trang An. The rower, also the tour guide will take you through caves, which were found to contain numerous cavemen’s traits. Trong Cave, Toi Cave, Nau Ruou Cave, and Mai Da Thung Binh are some names that you will hear.

One tip for you is that you should visit Trang An in the morning. Due to vast numbers of tourists coming in the afternoon, you will probably have to wait for hours to get on a boat. And it is often extremely annoying to wait.

Kayaking in Ha Long Bay

Kayaking in Halong Bay

Kayaking in Halong Bay (Source: Internet)

Ha Long Bay is always on top of the list “interesting places should be traveled in Vietnam”. Because of the 120-kilometer-seashore and 1969 limestone islands, the spot is perfect for adventurers. Especially if you want to have a close look at the beauty of the islands, renting a kayak or setting a tour are some excellent choices.

Not only can you visit famous sceneries but also observe marine life under the sea. Just listen carefully to the sound of the waves under your kayak, the music created by the wind blowing through limestone caves, and you will fall in love with Ha Long Bay.

Paragliding in Da Nang

Paragliding in Danang

Paragliding Da Nang (Source: Internet)

Sky-diving is one of the most interesting things to do in Vietnam that tourists must try once. So if you are not afraid of height, why not try seeing it from above?

There are not many requirements to paraglide. Nonetheless, because it is a dangerous sport, your health needs to be in quite a stable state. Also, you should keep track of weather forecast to find a sunny day with little clouds to sky-dive. It takes about 1.3 million dongs (about $40) per person and you can enjoy the flight in 10-15 minutes.

A professional sky-diver will fly with you; therefore, it is no need to be scared. And remember to carefully follow instructions to have the best adventure ever.  

Scuba-diving in Nha Trang

Scuba-diving in Nha Trang

Scuba diving Nha Trang (Source: Internet)

You want to be a “mermaid” or live like that for once? Scuba-diving in Nha Trang can take you there. It is a tour organized by professional traveling agencies, which is ideal for tourists often spending their time swimming, diving, discovering the ocean, and watching thousands of colorful corals under the sea.

Similar to paragliding, a scuba-diver will assist you while you are under the water. So there is nothing to worry even if you don’t know how to swim. Agencies will charge 600,000 to 800,000 Vietnam dong for a tour depending on the diving time and the instructor that you request.

Getting lost under Cu Chi Tunnels

Cu Chi Tunnels

Cu Chi tunnels (Source: Internet)

Another activity in the list of interesting things to do in Vietnam that you should not omit is visiting Cu Chi tunnels, where Vietnamese soldiers used to live during First Indochina War and Vietnam War. In fact, it was a defending system under the ground embracing a great number of rooms, kitchens, stores, offices, and infirmaries.

Although you may get lost under the tunnels due to many sectors, it can be the most compelling experience that you can never have again. If you love to discover a mysterious place, to feel a little tired, and a little scary, you will love Cu Chi tunnels.

The only thing to bear in mind is that the paths between rooms are relatively narrow and small. Therefore, the tunnels are not recommended for you if you are claustrophobic.

Trying some street food in the most famous restaurants

Street food in Vietnam

Street food in Vietnam (Source: Internet)

Street foods in Vietnam are superbly flavorful and already recognized by countless travelers as well as popular food magazines around the globe. That is why it will be ashamed if you don’t try street food in Vietnam in your top priorities.

It is very easy to find street restaurants that serve the dish you want because most of them show clear signs and banners. Otherwise, just look for any food store where various customers are sitting on plastic stools. Some food suggestions from catbaisland for you are caramel, tao pho, banh trang tron, snails, banh beo, nem chua, and bread.