Offkey things to do in Vietnam
Crawl through the qi chi tunnels
Crawls through an extensive network of about 500 km of tunnels used by the Viet Kong in the war with the United States in the 1960s. The tours include a description of the tunnels, after which tourists are allowed to crawl about the maze and fire AK47 at the target of the shooting. It is a pleasant experience and not for anyone who is claustrophobic. However, if you want to better understand the terror of the Vietnam War, it is a very big journey. Admission is approximately 100,000 VND (5 USD) per person.
Relax in the Dalat or get adventurous
Dalat is nestled in the hills of the Central Highlands and is popular for tourists who want to relax in the mountain air, so people come here for peace. Others go to the phalanx to participate in hosting adventure games taking place within an inherently beautiful backdrop. The hills surrounding Dalat are filled with traditional tribal villages, where you can visit, but there is a lot to do within the city as well. Visit imaginatively titled palaces: Palace I, Palace II and Palace III.
Visit Kook Phuong National Park
About 120 km southwest of Hanoi is Vietnam's first national park, Kook Phuong. Covering 222 sq km, the place is home to over 2,000 species of trees and some truly rare wildlife, including Claude Leppard, Delacour's Langur and Owston's Kiev. This was my favorite park in Vietnam and the only place where I did not get a crowd of tourists. The entry fee is 40,000 VND (2 USD).
Explore Ho Chi Minh City
Also known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in Vietnam and is definitely worth visiting. Like most cities in Vietnam, you will be met with motorbikes speeding through colonial roads. Ben Thanh Market is a must for a wonderful meal and a great cause of activity within the place. If flying to SGN Airport, it is worth a day or two to roam the city. I recommend spending the night in the Common Room Project for a great hostel experience.
Admire the Pagoda
The most distinctive architecture of Vietnam can be found in the pagoda, which can be found throughout the country. They are known for their beautifully intricate carvings. Pagodas are used as temples and shrines and are treasured by the Vietnamese people.
Get active in Mui Ness
Despite being a fishing village, Mui has gained an important tourist scene due to its popularity as a wind and kite-surfing destination. The rolling sand dunes nearby are the main draw and worth checking out!
See my son
My son is a group of Hindu ruins in Vietnam that dates back to the Cham Empire. Champas ruled Central Vietnam from the third to the 19th century. The temples here are of incredible historical importance, but have been largely rebuilt by the surrounding forest, and have fallen into a great state. Nothing came here in hopes of being miraculously preserved as Borobudur or Angkor Wat. The entry fee for foreigners is 100,000 VND (5 USD).
Visit the caves at Phong Nha-Ke Bang
Hang Son Doong is known as the largest cave in the world and is located in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. It was discovered by a local in 1990, and "rediscovered" in 2009 by a British caving team. You can arrange trips to see this stunning cave. You will be blown away by its beauty. Entry to the caves is approximately 150,000 VND (6 USD) per person.
Check the rice roofs
Outside of the Vietnam War connections, the conservative image of Vietnam is that of many rice trees. You can find them in the Moong Hoa Valley. If you have never been to rice terraces, you should make a point to see them in Vietnam. Visit them to learn about rice production and to take stunning pictures of the incredible Vietnamese countryside. Expect tours costing around 300,000 VND (13 USD) per person.
Rest in Hue
Hue is usually passed, making it slightly quiet along the tourist path. Take a stroll in the beautiful Perfume River and the Imperial Citadel. Do not miss the emperors' mausoleums.