Activities in Vietnam blend adventure with educational experiences. They’re also a great way to make sure you don’t miss anything as you venture into a new city or a new environment. It’s edifying to have a guide with you who can translate and explain the local culture — much of Vietnam is still very traditional, but locals are always eager to have visitors look around.
109 Things to Do in Vietnam
Seeking a vacation of knowledge, excitement, and authentic cultural exchanges? Then this is the tour you need to experience! Spend the day traveling to and exploring Sapa Vietnam’s ethnic minority markets. They are a colorful exchange of customs and wares, and a highly unique experience.
8 hrsFrom $37
Experience the best of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park on this full-day adventure tour. Travel along the storied Ho Chi Minh Trail, explore one of the most beautiful caves in the region, and kayak down the Chay River to a local village.
8 hrsFrom $69
Take a full-day city tour to see Hanoi’s compact Old Quarter and a number of cultural and historical buildings. This is an excellent introduction to the capital, complete with a fun cyclo ride and an authentic meal.
Begin the tour at the impressive Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, where you’ll visit the revered leader’s simple stilt home and the beautiful One Pillar Pagoda. Your guide will help you understand the Vietnam of today through stories of Ho Chi Minh and the Vietnam War.
Then, step back in time 1,000 years with a visit to the Temple of Literature. As Vietnam’s first university, this picturesque and peaceful collection of buildings has borne witness to some of the country’s greatest minds.
Moving closer to the maze of alleys that is the Old Quarter you will first visit Hoan Kiem Lake. This pretty, man-made lake is a hive of activity at all times of day when locals and tourists alike seek out the calming water for a stroll, a little exercise, and a catch-up with friends. Your tour includes a stop at Ngoc Son Temple, a site that pays homage to Saint Van Xuong and General Trang Hung Dao.
Later in the afternoon, hop on a cyclo for a 1-hour ride through the chaotic streets of the Old Quarter and learn about the trades that gave the alleys their names.
6 hrsFrom $48
Explore one of South Vietnam’s most important wartime sites, the impressive Cu Chi Tunnels. This tour from Ho Chi Minh City includes an in-depth introduction to the history and significance of the tunnels and plenty of time to explore the myriad of underground alleys and structures.
5 hrsFrom $50
Prepare for a delicious adventure when you cruise around Hanoi by Vespa to sample local delicacies. You won’t miss a thing! Best of all, the street foods you’re going to enjoy are favorites of locals, so you can be sure that you’re getting the most authentic experience possible.
4 hrsFrom $52
Zoom through the streets of Ho Chi Minh City after dark on this amazing adventure. Join the hustle and bustle along with the locals as you see the sights, sample local cuisine, and enjoy music at popular hangouts. It’s an authentic experience that shows you what everyday life is like in the city after sunset.
4 hrsFrom $128
Explore the magical underwater world near the paradise island of Phu Quoc. Including snorkeling and fishing stops at Finger Island, Shadow Island, Cold Cloud Island, and Pineapple Island. This is the perfect day at sea for ocean lovers.
12 hrsFrom $35
This combined sightseeing tour and cooking class is the perfect introduction to the history and culture of Hue, its people, and its cuisine. The royal city was the seat of emperors for thousands of years, and to this day it is full of intrigue and charm.
8 hrsFrom $70
Hop on the back of a motorbike and journey out toward the stunning Tam Giang Lagoon, stopping along the way at local landmarks and attractions. This full-day tour will introduce the local culture and beauty of rural Hue, as you travel just like the locals do!
8 hrsFrom $72
This full-day tour of Ho Chi Minh is the perfect introduction to the city, its history, and its diverse modern day culture. Explore the top historic sites, stroll around the lively Chinatown streets, and feast on delicious Saigonese food.
8 hrsFrom $46
Explore two of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park’s most famous caves on this full-day tour. Take a scenic boat cruise through the cavern river in Phong Nha Cave and explore the 1.2-mile trail through the wonders of the Paradise Cave.
8 hrsFrom $80
Escape from the bustle of the city to the virgin Cham island with stunning beach and cool weather.
Learn about local life and culture of local fisherman living on the island Go snorkeling/swimming/scuba diving to see marvelous coral reef Spend leisure time on wonderful clear beach of Cham island.
6 hrsFrom $62
Immerse yourself in the beauty of Vietnam’s Halong Bay on this unique adventure that lets you spend a magical day floating down its emerald green waters. This 7.5 hour cruise teaches you about Vietnam’s history, and grants you an up-close look at the region’s culture when you explore a floating fishing village, visit a pearl farm, and more.
12 hrsFrom $114
This tour will take you from the vast lakes and chalky karsts of Ba Be National Park to the wild and rugged landscapes of Cao Bang to visit the most spectacular Ban Gioc waterfall in Vietnam. You will be travelling through the remote areas in the north of Vietnam, brushing along the Chinese border and staying with local families to find out about the unique cultures and customs of Vietnam.
This tour takes you to three beautiful, tropical islands, all of which are off the beaten path and relatively undeveloped. You’ll get to see these islands on an all-day cruise, complete with a break for lunch on board the boat. Make memories in paradise as you sunbathe, swim, and snorkel your way through the stunning landscape.
8 hrsFrom $92
This sightseeing tour covers all the highlights of southern Phu Quoc, as well as a few off-the-beaten-path excursions. There are paradisiacal beaches, waterfalls, agricultural pepper farms, and pearl farms full of exquisite shining pearls.
8 hrsFrom $34
- Elliot H.
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