Top 10 Fascinating Things To Do in Vietnam in 2019

Because of the great number of fascinating activities at numerous places, Vietnam is giving you a headache of not knowing what to experience first. Don’t worry because this detailed guide is going to be your light at the end of the tunnel. Vietnam has always been recognized as one of Asia’s top travel destinations by both domestic and international tourists. This beautiful country offers unique adventures at every turn which can keep you busy all day long exploring. 

Whether you are yearning for a lazy day of sunbathing on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, conquering the majestic mountains known as “the Indochina Roof”, or exploring unique customs of native people, your Vietnam tour packages will be packed with suprising and unforgettable experiences!

things to do in vietnam 1Mount Fansipan - the Rooftop of Indochina

1. Send wishes through colorful lanterns in Hoi An

Whenever Tết (Vietnamese New Year) comes in the air, Hoi An transforms itself into a giant lantern full of colors and lights for the Lantern Festival. The celebration lasts for 7 days, with the road from Hoi An Bridge to the Hoai River Square lit up and decorated with thousands of beautiful lanterns. More than 50 workshops participate in this huge event and each workshop tries to craft the gorgeous lantern. All of the lanterns amaze tourists with bright and cheerful colors as well as traditional designs. 

The center of the Festival is in the old town, between the Japanese Covered Bridge and the Cau An Hoi Bridge. Every corner in Hoi An seems to burst out with a festive and chaotic spirit, with cheerful singing and delicious food stalls that attract a huge number of both locals and visitors. The most spectacular view is thousands of lanterns floating on the river. To get a better experience, you can hire a sampan boat and light a lantern for yourself. 

Don’t worry if you can’t get to the big Lantern Festival in the New year because many smaller lantern festivals are held every full moon. So you can enjoy the romantic scene in the movie “Tangled” in real life whenever you visit Hoi An. 

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things to do in vietnam 2The Streets full of lanterns in Hoi An Ancient Town

2. Savor a cup of hot coffee and watch the sunrise in the cloud paradise of Ta Xua

Upon arrival in Ta Xua (Son La), you need a little luck to see the dreamlike and splendid sea of clouds at the peak of the mountain. In the evening, just sit on the homestay's bamboo balcony, watching the sea of white clouds billowing under the silver moonlight, or early in the morning when everything remains fuzzy, set out for the challenging mountains in the freezing weather.

The feeling of gathering with your companions to take a sip of rich coffee and wait for the dawn to appear on the sea of clouds slowly promises a one-of-a-kind experience. The surreal scenery of a halo appearing on a pure white cloudy carpet floating in the air gives you the feeling of getting lost in a paradise. This not-to-miss experience must be included in the list of top 10 things to do in Vietnam.

things to do in vietnam 3Breathtaking scenery in Ta Xua

3. Immerse in romance in Sapa’s love market

Located in the mountainous north of Vietnam, Sapa first became famous as a French hill station in the 1930s. Situated on a 1,650m-high mountain ridge, the town is proud of its wonderful natural sceneries of the majestic Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range and a colorful market attracting the participation of highland tribes every Saturday.

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things to do in vietnam 4The Foggy Town of Sapa at dusk

Although Sapa has become well-known with tourists nowadays, the town still preserves its old traditions. One of its hidden gems is the Love Market, where Dao and H’Mong men and women coming from miles around to gather and sing love songs. 

At first, the market was only held at the end of the trading sessions every Saturday, but because of love and favor from visitors, it has turned into a “daily” tradition and the organization areas have been narrowed.

The love market still exists, but it’s often organized in secret locations in the middle of the night to keep away from the eyes of visitors. If your care is sincere and you can find a local who is willing to trust you and be your guide, romance can still be found in Sapa’s love market.

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4. Relax in one of the most splendid freshwater lakes in the world

When it comes to tourism, Ba Be Lake may not be considered an attractive destination for Vietnamese people. But when you arrive here, you will thoroughly understand why for some people, this beautiful lake has a unique charm.

Eating and resting at houses on stilts, gathering with friendly and generous local people, and taking a boat trip around the lake is everything you can experience here. It seems to be boring for some people, but if you are running away from the hustle and bustle of city life, there is nowhere better than Ba Be Lake, that’s for sure. 

Ba Be Lake appears as a peaceful and rustic place, with no hotels, throngs of visitors milling around or tourist services like other places. Here there is only nature and endless stretch of green trees blending with the calm and quiet lake. Looming in and out are the wooden stilt houses of the locals, adding even more charming scenes.

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things to do in vietnam 6A scenic boat ride on Ba Be Lake

5. Cycle around the ancient citadel of Vietnam

Halfway between the two biggest cities of Vietnam, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, Hue marked the division between the North and the South in the Vietnam wars. Lying along the beautiful Huong River, Hue has always played an important part in Vietnamese history, which is dotted with meaningful historical sites. 

This city is a great place for a short journey. Set off in the cool morning and cycle out of town for 3km to visit Tiger Fighting Arena, which is Vietnam’s version of Colosseum, where elephants and tigers fought to honor the monarchy’s reign. Next, cycle to Tu Duc Tomb before stop by Vong Canh Hill to enjoy the entire view of Huong River.

things to do in vietnam 7Wandering in Hue - the land of cultural and historical sites

6. Admire the breathtaking beauty of golden rice terraced fields in Mu Cang Chai

Mu Cang Chai is one of the most famous and worth visiting destinations in Vietnam to adore the beauty of rice terraced fields. Before reaching Mu Cang Chai, you can stop at Tu Le to rest and eat the legendary sticky rice, then wander up to Lo Mong village to explore local activities. Don’t miss out the chances to take hundreds of lifetime photos to capture the spectacular beauty bestowed by nature. 

things to do in vietnam 8The Terraced Paddies of Mu Cang Chai in the season of Ripening rice

7. Try out Vietnam’s best Pho in Hanoi

Pho is a Vietnamese traditional dish, which can be enjoyed at any time of day. This dish is popular for its convenience and delicious flavor made from 4 main ingredients - clear stock, boiled beef, rice noodles, and fresh herbs. 

Each restaurant in Hanoi is proud of their own secret recipe of Pho, but you can find the best one at Pho Thin on Lo Duc. This place is always crowded with food lovers because of its Pho’s unique smokiness. 

things to do in vietnam 9Pho - the most recognizable and famous specialty of Vietnam

8. Watch the night sky over the crater millions of years in Ly Son Island

In Ly Son Island (Quang Ngai), instead of spending half of the day on the island as most tourists do, it’s advisable to try camping and staying there at nightfall. After around 4 pm when everyone leaves, only you and the island is left behind with golden fine sand beaches and emerald clear water. Bring your camp to the lava sites that jut out to the sea, listen to the waves crashing against the shore, drink beer, and admire the sky full of stars. What an impressive experience! The dawn on the island is also equally beautiful and memorable with a cup of hot coffee while waiting for the sunrise from the horizon. 

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9. Explore the world’s largest cave

Quang Binh Province is a wild region of dense jungles of Vietnam, closer to the border of Laos. This land is well-known for its hundreds of unexplored deep caves, one of which is the world’s largest cave - Son Doong. The cave contains a cavern so tall that a skyscraper can fit in perfectly. Phong Nha town is the center of the areas’ caving adventures. You can hire your guide and necessary equipment to explore the cave.

If walking underground doesn’t appeal to you, give trekking a shot. The surrounding jungles are popular for beautiful waterfalls and an active population of monkeys. 

things to do in vietnam 11Son Doong Cave - The Heaven on Earth in Central Vietnam

10: Travel by train to the “French countryside” in Dalat

This train is considered a must-experience when you visit Dalat - the city of flowers. Only 7 km from Indochina's oldest station to Trai Mat is enough to make your heart dance in joy. Bright sunshine and cool weather will bring you a more unforgettable experience. Stand close to the junction of two carriages, watch the peaceful landscape pass by before your eyes.

Small houses with beautiful flower pots in front of the house, blooming flower fields, and wildflowers on both sides of the roads are enough for you to feel the tranquil and typical spirit of Vietnam’s countryside.

things to do in vietnam 12Da Lat - One of the most romantic cities in Vietnam


There are more and more fascinating places to discover in this gorgeous S-shaped land, apart from the top 10 things to do in Vietnam listed above. I hope this guide will give you an overall view of what to experience in Vietnam. Save it immediately and let it guide you on your most memorable journey.

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