Shannon Wolf | April 30, 2016 11:00 PM ET
Vietnam’s Top 6 Adrenaline-Pumping Adventures
PHOTO: Abseiling down the 60m waterfall was nothing but terrifying and equally thrilling. A must do. (photos by Shannon Wolf)
Out of all the countries I have traveled through, Vietnam has been by far the most adventurous of them all.
With the world’s most beautiful and diverse landscapes, what better way to enjoy it than to get your adrenaline spiked and heart pumping! From cliff jumping to trekking to driving through chaotic traffic, there is something to excite any adrenaline junkie.
Below are the top six adventures throughout Vietnam that are sure to get your adrenal glands working overtime:
Drive a Motorbike From Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh
By far, the best way to see the country is by bike, and every single person who’s done it will tell you that it was the highlight of their time in Vietnam.
You will drive through chaotic city streets in Hanoi, Hue and Saigon, screaming, with sweaty palms while dodging oncoming traffic, stopping in awe as you drive through Ninh Binh, Phong Nha, Cat Ba Island and the quaint streets of Hoi An, then marvel in wonder as you pass through sand dunes in Mui Ne!
If you have the time, do this insanely incredible drive that you’ll remember for a lifetime!
READ MORE: Ho Chi Minh City: Energetic Vietnam
Canyoning in Dalat
If you can only do one, this is it.
Dalat has become the epicenter for adventure activities, but everyone goes here for one main thing: Canyoning.
Above all other activities, this was hands-down the most terrifying and exciting adventure I’ve taken part in. I took the tour with Groovy Gecko Tours after being referred to them time and time again, and it did not disappoint.
You start off with off-roading in an army jeep through pine forests and rolling hills, stopping to gear up. And then the real adventure begins, as you abseil down the falls of the Dasar River and five waterfalls with the heights of 8m, 25m, 30m, 32m, 36m and the craziest one of all at 65m! On top of it, you also swim, go canyon sliding head first and go cliff jumping, all before trekking back up to take the army jeep back.
Sled Sand Dunes & Ride an Ostrich In Mui Ne
Although Mui Ne itself is a boring touristic town, it has been put on the backpackers’ itinerary as a must see simply due to the mind-blowing dunes and the chance to ride an ostrich. Weird, right? That’s why we love it.
You have the chance to either sled down or drive wildly through the red and white dunes on a 4x4, blown away that this is actually in Vietnam! The dunes stretch for miles all around and you will feel as though you’ve been transported to the Sahara.
To ride an ostrich, you will need to go to the white sand dunes and at $3, how could you say no?
PHOTO: By far the most random activity in Vietnam, Ryan made sure riding an ostrich was on his bucket list.
Dark Caves in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park
Do yourself a favor and make sure not to miss the Dark Caves in Phong Nha.
It’s a few hours of adrenaline pumping fun involving kayaking across the river, swimming through the cave with a headlamp guiding you, through a muddy passageway and zip lining all in one day.
Kayaking & Rock Climbing Ha Long Bay
PHOTO: Kayaking through Ha Long Bay’s caves with Jack was an incredible adventure.
Ha Long Bay is one of the most visited places in Vietnam and its no wonder. With its captivating cliffs and sparking waters, you can’t help but want to experience it as best you can.
Asia Outdoors is a high ranked company in Cat Ba known for its adventure trips throughout Ha Long Bay and a must for anyone wanting to explore the bay in a different way.
You kayak through the beautiful waters, passing by limestone cliffs, hidden caves and explore deserted beaches. You then spend the rest of the day high above Lan Ha Bay’s waters and jungle beaches on intermediate or beginner routes.
PHOTO: An easy but stunning trek through Cat Ba National Park wasn’t planned but we’re sure glad we stumbled upon it.
In Vietnam, you have plenty of options and areas for trekking. The easiest and most popular is in the northwest area of Sapa but if you’re looking for something a bit off the beaten path, you’ll want to do a three-day trek to Mt. Fansipan in Sapa.
Mt Fansipan is Vietnam's highest mountain at 3,143 meters and is one of the most breathtaking views of Lai Chau province. It is an intense 3-day trek where you will be roughing it, loving it and feeling like Rocky Balboa once you finally reach the peak!
Other options for trekking include Dalat, one of Vietnam’s many national parks such as Cat Ba, Cuc Phuong, Bach Ma, Cat Tien and Yok Don.
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