Top unusual things to do in Vietnam
Vietnam is undoubtedly a wonderful and attractive tourist destination. Coming here tourists will have a chance to not only witness many breathtaking natural landscapes, but also participate in numerous unique activities. Below are some suggestions……
1. Exploring Son Doong Cave
Situated in the core of Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, Quang Binh Province, the cave was discovered 7 years ago and has been declared as the largest cave in the world.
Trekking into the cave is unlike any other excursion. Son Doong is so big that it could fit an entire Boeing 747. You will discover an array of stalactites and stalagmites hanging on the ceiling of the cave or sprouting from the ground. From a distance they look like aliens with strange shapes. There is a forest in the cave – you probably will not believe this until you actually witness it! Mist is always present and covers the area, so it has its own weather conditions which are different from outside . You can find corridors of fossils here, demonstrating that life really existed in the cave millions of years ago.
Since Son Doong has extremely difficult terrain, you can not go alone but need to contact a travel company. You will need previous trekking experience as well as good physical strength to tackle the cave.
2. Watch a water puppet show in Ha Noi
This is an excellent way to learn about Vietnamese culture and amuse your kids if you are traveling with them. The show takes place every eveningin the Thang Long puppet theater which is next to Hoan Kiem lake. Tourists will have an opportunity to see simple stories of Vietnamese villages reproduced through the image of a shepherd sitting on a buffaloes’back and playing the flute; or a humorous frog fishing man… Many visitors highly appreciate and enjoy the shows for turning inanimate objects into hilarious and lively characters.
3. Visit Cu Chi Tunnel
Cu Chi Tunnels is an underground defense system used in wartime, located in Cu Chi District, 70 km north-west of Ho Chi Minh City. The system includes an infirmary, many rooms, kitchens, storage, work rooms and underground tunnels. It is about 250 km long and has ventilation systems.
Visitors can experience what it would have been like living in the tunnel by eating their food and crawling through the tiny tunnels. Other activities include shooting weapons like an AK 47 and visiting the souvenir area to buy war items made from cartridges such as oil lamps, lighters, ballpoint pens, straps, or sandals made from old tires.
4. Ride a buffalo in Hoi An
Learning to ride a buffalo is an unique experience that is difficult to find anywhere else. For visitors to be able to make a buffalo move back and forth, turn left or stop, the first step is to learn the “buffalo language” well, for instance, speak “dờ” for stopping or “dí” for turning left. Furthermore, it is also necessary to pull the buffalo knuckles at the same time to control their direction. Of course not every visitor is a natural to begin with,but it is the mistakes that make the riding more interesting. Sometimes when visitors snatch the buffalo nose too hard, the buffalo ran and they yell “stop stop, stop, stop” but buffalo do not know English. In such cases, the buffalo only stop when it hears the owner’s order.
The experience is appreciated by many tourists because of its association with the love of animals and friendliness with the environment.
5. Take a train to go through the length of Vietnam
Taking a train from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City which runs through a full 1,600 km of Vietnamis one of the best way to admire the beauty of the country. The train has many air-conditioned coaches that make the long journey more comfortable. You can opt for a full journey which lasts for 3 days, but the most notable scenery is from Hue to Da Nang. Travelers is able to see Lang Co Bay with smooth white sand beach along with green forests. On board, breakfast served is often the delicious Pho, with lemon, fresh peppers, and dark black coffee.
6. Quad Biking in Mui Ne
The road from Mui Ne to Bau Trang (Hoa Thang, Bac Binh province) is more than 60 km long to the northeast. On the gorgeous road between sand dunes and the sea visitors will be surprised with the view of golden sandy beaches as well as the red sand dunes in the afternoon sun. This is quite a contrast to the green hills and rice paddies found in the rest of Vietnam.
For those who like adventure games, sand dunes in Bau Trang is the ideal choice. There are two-wheeled motorcycles, four-wheeled terrain vehicles for three people and four-wheeled jeeps. These vehicles can give visitors the thrill of running at high speeds on sand hills while admiring the glamour natural landscape here, which will be an unforgettable memory.
7. Participate in a cooking lesson
If you enjoy Vietnamese cuisine you will be interested in finding out how to replicate it at home. There are a variety of options but it is recommended to take a cooking class at Green Bamboo Cookery school in Hoi An. The teacher will take you to the local market in the morning to help you learn about local produce and purchase necessary ingredients for the cooking lesson which takes place shortly after that.