Vietnam

Summary
Overall rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

Beautiful Halong Bay

Beautiful Halong Bay

Vietnam is opening up and has become a hot spot for incredible exotic experiences that will take you well off the beaten track or have you merging with the hustle and bustle of some of the larger cities.

From the exploration of ancient cultures to exciting, heart pounding adventures on land, in the air or in the sea, Vietnam will surely be one of the highlights in your memory book of world travels.

The Vietnam war has certainly left scars on the country, but the people are a friendly, optimistic lot who are very gracious and friendly to visitors, so plan on making some new friends as you explore their culture and get to know the locals on a personal level.

It’s almost like there are two Vietnam experiences: one in the big cities that seems to assault your senses, and the other in rural Vietnam that will soothe them.

Do be careful, especially in the larger cities and tourist areas. Pick-pocketing and other such crimes do occur on a regular basis. So be on the lookout for the snatch-and-grab specialists who like to target tourists.

The bottom line: Vietnam is a country that will blossom before your eyes, and it’s one of the emerging adventure travel destinations in Asia. Don’t miss out on this unique Asian adventure jewel… that will both amaze and delight you.

Exotic Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

Picture yourself on a beautiful Asian junk boat gently resting on the misty waters of an ancient bay. As the sun melts the silvery cloud around you, you’’re awestruck by the huge rock sculptures jutting out of the emerald sea. It’s a surreal setting, and an enchanting story tells of its origin.

Legend has it that a dragon descended into the ocean at Halong Bay and formed the magnificent valleys, gorges and rock formations with its flailing tail as he plunged into the sea. The mystical beauty of this watery realm may make you a believer in legendary tales like this one.

Vietnam is an exotic experience like no other with the gorgeous scenery, imperial structures and cultural mysteries. There will be glimpses of the ancient past to discover and exotic ways of modern life to explore as you delve into a truly unique Asian experience.

From the allure of the intoxicating culture to the breathtaking beauty of the incredible landscapes, you’’ll be amazed at the exotic experiences that make adventure travel in Vietnam a rare delight.

Cultural Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

Vietnam may overwhelm you with their rich, diverse cultural blend from both Eastern and Western influences. You’’ll experience that diversity from their intriguing history, their ways of life, their cuisine and their architecture.

The age-old cultural influences include remnants from the Ly Dynasy, the Le Dynasty and the Nguyen dynasty, to name a few, so if you’’re into cultural tours you’’re going to have a field day in Vietnam.

You’’ll find that China has had a strong influence on Vietnam as evidenced by Confucianism, which forms the basis for Vietnamese society, and the Vietnamese language contains many Chinese words. The French have also had a significant influence on the Vietnamese culture.

The cuisine of Vietnam is very diverse and seems to have taken many cues from the Chinese, but you’’ll also find some French influences as well, which makes for some unique and interesting flavors and dishes. So, don’’t be surprised to find baguettes served with your soup.

When it comes to the architecture in Vietnam you’’ll see both the traditional Asian styles for housing and temples, but there’’s also a Western element as well. You can see this in the materials used and the design of some of the newer temples. It’’s an interesting study for those who enjoy seeing how architecture is influenced over many centuries.

Adventure Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

You’’ll find a nice variety of Vietnam adventure tours throughout the country and several of them involve motorbikes due to the fact that they are the main form of transportation in the country. So taking a spin on a motorbike will certainly add to the authentic feel of your Vietnam adventures.

Vietnam has some excellent opportunities for popular activities like eco tours, trekking and white water rafting, and you’’ll also find some interesting jungle exploring, sea kayaking and rappelling adventures.

If you enjoy getting out and exploring spectacular landscapes make sure you find your way to Dalat and Sapa, and there are some interesting historical adventures to explore on Phu Quoc Island plus some absolutely stunning white-sand beaches where you can relax after a hard day of discoveries.

Following is a more complete list of some exciting experiences for you to enjoy in Vietnam.

Hard

  • Bungee jumping
  • Canoeing
  • Elephant riding
  • Four wheel drive trips
  • Hang gliding
  • Hunting
  • Jungle exploring
  • Motorcycling
  • Mountain biking
  • Mountain climbing
  • Overlanding
  • Paragliding
  • Rappelling
  • Rock climbing
  • Scuba diving
  • Sea kayaking
  • Skydiving
  • Snorkeling
  • Spelunking (caving)
  • Surfing
  • White water rafting
  • Windsurfing

Soft

  • Birdwatching
  • Cultural tours
  • Eco tours
  • Nature trips
  • Walking tours

Could be either

  • Backpacking
  • Bicycling
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Flying
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Quad-biking / ATVs
  • Safaris
  • Sailing
  • Trekking
  • Wildlife watching

 

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