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Vietnam's Best Outdoor Activities

Take a walk on the wild side in Vietnam, a country overflowing with outdoor adventures. Go kitesurfing off the rugged coastline, scale mountains for spectacular views, or burrow inside the world’s largest caves so much awaits you in Vietnam’s wonderful outdoors. Here’s the “what, where, and how” on seven must-try experiences across the country.

Caving in Phong Nha

Did you know Vietnam is one of the world’s top caving destinations? Phong Nha is a rising adventure tourism destination and is home to the biggest caves on the planet, including Hang Son Doong, Hang En, and Hang Pygmy. You can arrange multi-day expeditions to all three of these cave kingdoms with Oxalis or Jungle Boss. Phong Nha has more than 300 caves to suit all types of travellers. For family-friendly half-day experiences, delve into Paradise Cave or Dark Cave. For subterranean swimming, nocturnal climbing, and jungle camping, consider the Tu Lan Cave system or Tiger Cave series.

Off-road biking in Sapa

Sapa is a remote mountain town offering magnificent views of rice terraced hills, as well as easy access to hiking and ethnic homestays. But if you’re seeking thrills as well as scenery, then why not try off-road biking? Ribbons of dirt track wrap around the mountains. Climbs pass through minority villages and downhill runs whizz through rice terraces. You can adjust the route to your level and what you want to see to craft an experience that matches your interests and ability. Handspan is one of several companies that arrange bespoke tours in Sapa.

Canyoning in Dalat

A charming mountain town with a fresh spring climate, Dalat is quickly becoming a popular destination for nature lovers. The town is enveloped by a network of lakes, rivers, and waterfalls. Together these set the scene for canyoning, a daring combination of hiking, scrambling, swimming, climbing, and abseiling. Dalat's canyoning tours adhere to international safety standards, so you can feel secure as you climb down gushing waterfalls and plunge into natural rock pools -- an activity you won't soon forget. Hello Dalat takes advantage of the near-limitless opportunities in the area by hunting out river canyons offering the most exciting experiences.

Camping in Cat Ba

Imagine opening your tent to the morning sun climbing over countless jungle-blanketed karsts, some thousands of years old. This is a reality on Cat Ba, a large island in northern Vietnam and one of the country’s top outdoor adventure hubs. Here you’ll find opportunities to climb, hike, and kayak around in lush, unspoiled landscapes. Green Valley Camp offers a range of choices for sleeping in the great outdoors, from sporty dome tents for back-to-basics camping to luxury bell tents for luxurious glampers.

Hiking in Pu Luong

You’ll find superb hiking opportunities across the northern highlands, especially in Pu Luong, a nature reserve southwest of Hanoi. Ringed by dramatic mountains that dominate the horizon, Pu Luong blends all the features that make the highlands of Vietnam so appealing. Strap on your hiking shoes and to tackle misty rainforests, cascading rice terraces, and remote minority hamlets. Afterwards, reward yourself with a cooling dip in one of the rock pools or waterfalls that flow through the reserve.

Kitesurfing in Mui Ne

Who says beach holidays are boring? If you like a dose of excitement with your vacations, take up kitesurfing in Mui Ne. This stretch of golden sand is graced with blue waters, year-round sun and steady winds. Mui Ne is Vietnam’s leading hub for watersport fiends, especially kitesurfers. Kitesurfing schools in Mui Ne offer comprehensive classes for every level. If you’re a beginner, they’ll show you the ropes. If you’re a seasoned kitesurfer, you can learn new tricks in one-on-one sessions. Get started with Kitesurf Vietnam, one of Mui Ne’s best-established outfits.

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