Top 10 Unusual Experiences in Vietnam You Must Try Once

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From historical and cultural heritage to natural beauty spots, from local experiences to extravagant excursions, Vietnam has a lot to offer. Whether you’re traveling on a budget or in style, planning for a short trip or spending a long holiday, make sure to check out these extraordinary experiences in Vietnam as much as possible.

1. Check-in at one-of-a-kind Golden Bridge

Lying along the mountainside of Da Nang, Golden Bridge is an incredible piece of design stretching over 150-meter lined with flowers and greenery. Sitting 1400 meters above sea level, the bridge is nothing less than a silk strip hiding in the sea of clouds, creating a breathtaking background for photogenic snaps.

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The Stunning Golden Bridge - One of the most unique attractions in the world in 2018

Walking along the winding bridge that shimmers against the majestic Ba Na Hills, you may feel like you’re walking to heaven, standing in between the sky and the earth. Its soul-stirring landscape makes it’s hard to put your camera down.

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best experiences in vietnam 2Tourists walking on "the Hands of Mountain God"

2. Get thrilled with a zip line ride in Phong Nha Ke Bang

Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park is famous all around the globe for being home to the World’s largest cave- Hang Son Doong. Imposing limestone mountains, dense jungles, rivers and hundreds of caves, it is also an incredible magnet for adventure seekers keen to explore the wild nature on offer. The impressive adrenalin-pumping zip lines to Dark Cave is such a fantastic thing to do. Running from Chay River to Dark Cave, this stunning cable line let you glide into the cave or plunge into the river. Buckle up and let your adventure begin.

best experiences in vietnam 3Foreign tourist experiencing ziplining at Phong Nha Ke Bang

3. Conquer the roof of Indochina

Just 9 kilometers from Sapa, Fansipan is the highest mountain in Vietnam and Indochina located at an altitude of 3143 meters. Conquering its peak through a hard yet well-worth trek is the desire of many adventurous and energetic souls. If you are fit enough, test your muscles with an exhilarating journey to the top of Fansipan within 2 or 3 days. It’s challenging but interesting. Alternatively, if you’re in no mood to take a wondrous adventure trekking up to the mountaintop, you can opt to take the enthralling cable car ride offering sweeping views of the charming Sapa town, fabulous rice fields, and verdant valleys.

best expeiences in vietnam 4Conquer the highest mountain peak of Indochina - the Fansipan (3143m)

4. Enjoy the bird’s eye views of Halong Bay with a Seaplane

Ideal for thrill-seekers looking for out-of-this-world experience in Vietnam, a journey with a seaplane over the World natural wonder of Halong is an unmissable thing to do. Soaring through the sky above its aqua waters, majestic limestone karts and greenery, viewing all of these things from above put it into a whole new experience. Ready to go wow with incredible aerial views and the thrilling water landing. You’ll definitely have a trip for a lifetime.

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best experiences in vietnam 5Halong Bay in Sunset - View from the seaplane

5. Treat yourself with a street food tour in Hanoi

Street food is a big part while getting around Vietnam. Hanoi is no exception. There is no better way to get a true insight into the local cuisine and culture than delving into a street food tour to source the best treats from food courts, street vendors, markets or cafes. It’s fresh, mouth-watering and cheap. Just eat like a local. Make your way to the heart of the city, meander through the hidden alleys and fill upon amazing sidewalk-lined treats from banhmi, pho, egg coffee to snacks and much more on offer. Just eat to your heart’s content.

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best experiences in vietnam 6Tourists taking part in a street food tour in Hanoi

best experiences in vietnam 7Hanoi cuisine is stunning!

6. Take a basket boat ride along the waterways of Hoian

The romantic town of Hoian is enchanting for its fade walls, ancient houses, lantern-lit streets, and antique beauty. But it has a lot more than that. Once in Hoian, make sure to try a new type of eco-tourism- riding a basket boat. Jump off a basket boat and glide along the beautiful waterways of Hoian, soak up the endless tranquility and the poetic surroundings, get some sights and sounds of nature, you’ll rejuvenate your soul and mind.

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best experiences in vietnam 8Tourists are relaxing and experiencing a basket boat tour

best experiences in vietnam 9The basket boat trip is always safe as you will go with skillful locals

7. Take a walk through heaven in the island of Diep Son

Lying peacefully in the calm waters of Van Phong Bay, Diep Son island is one among the exotic, untouched islands in Khanh Hoa Province. What makes it special compared to the rest is an 800 – meter winding path half submerged in the emerald water which is just perfect to wade through. The curving sandbars along with the green island and blue bay in the background make it a picturesque spot to revel in. Walk through the island to witness the lush green trees and some majestic mountains, or indulge in a variety of beach activities, you can’t go wrong.

best experiences in vietnam 10Diep Son islands from highview in Khanh Hoa province, Vietnam

8. Explore some stunning deserts in Mui Ne

If you’re finding a taste of the desert, you even don’t need to get to Africa, look around right here, in Vietnam. The beautiful fishing land of Mui Ne is the place to go. Mui Ne is home to some sand dunes which are just astoundingly beautiful, creating the contrasting beauty to the sleepy landscapes of green hills and rice fields in the region.

best experiences in vietnam 11Famous White sand dunes in Mui Ne, Vietnam

For a complete experience, hire a quad bike to drive up and down the sandhills or get lost in the magical sunrise or sunset with awe-inspiring views to capture. You’ll never want to drop your camera down. You could also join various sand sports and games here at very reasonable prices.

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best experiences in vietnam 12People chasing around sand dunes on a quad bike Mui Ne, Vietnam

best experiences in vietnam 13Tourist ride makeshift toboggans down a giant sand dune in Mui Ne, Vietnam

9. Experience sea walking in Nha Trang

When it comes to sun-soaked holiday, Nha Trang is one of the most favorite places in all of Vietnam. But Nha Trang is not all about sun, sand, and sea, there is something you’ve properly never heard of it. Sea walking is one of the activities that take your curiosity. It literally means walking under the sea.

best experiences in vietnam 14Sea walking is one of the must-try experiences for you in Nha Trang

This new kind of sea sport ensures to allure you. If you have a fear of water or have no scuba diving skill, fret not. Even you can’t swim, you can enjoy it. Just wear the helmet and set off your journey down to the bottom of the sea and marvel at the mysterious underwater world or various living creatures.

best experiences in vietnam 15Discovering the marine life in Nha Trang

10. Crack into the colorful scene of floating markets

If you simply escape from the hectic and chaotic ambiance of Ho Chi Minh City, just set your eyes on the rustic yet charming scenes of floating markets in the Mekong Delta. Some of the most famous include Cai Rang and Cai Be floating markets, both feature the astounding culture of the delta. Marvel at the bustling sights of boats filled with regional products from fresh fruits, food, household items. For a complete experience, catch a boat and gorge on a haggle, you’ll find a reason to fall in love with this fascinating land.

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Phong Dien floating market very famous in Mekong Delta

From breathtaking mountains to hidden landscapes, Vietnam has so many unique experiences to offer you. If you’re seeking an ultimate experience in Vietnam, make sure to put one of these things on your itinerary. Or simply book one of our well-crafted Vietnam tours from South Africa to travel your way. 

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