Vietnam - the Most Diverse Country For Backpackers in Southeast Asia

Vietnam – the Most Diverse Country For Backpackers in Southeast Asia

Son Doong Cave

From the steep rice terraces of Sapa to the rolling sand dunes of Mui Ne, the impressive limestone karsts of Halong Bay to the hustle of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, which has some of the most diverse landscapes in Southeast Asia, is one of the most diverse countries for backpackers. In Vietnam, travelers can go trekking in the mountains one day and sunbathe on a beautiful sandy beach the next, and then getting on back of a motorbike going through the chaotic streets of a buzzing city the following day! Travel to with: Indochina Sails cruise halong bay

It is likely that it is Vietnam’s stunning variety that makes it one of the most favorite countries in Southeast Asia for backpackers to visit. You are in for a treat if you are planning to a trip to this country! Hereunder are five reasons why Vietnam offers everything to suit all backpackers.

  1. Mountain Trekking
Mountain trekking in Vietnam

Mountain trekking in Vietnam- source: internet

Let’s head north from Hanoi capital city via overnight train for some fascinating trekking experiences where you can slowly walk amidst misty mountains and impressive rice terraces from one hill tribe village to another. The hill town resort of Sapa as well as the more remote Ba Be National Park and Mai Chau Valley, is a good starting point. For those who are feeling up for the challenge, Mount Fansipan – the Vietnam’s highest peak is which you may like to try to conquer! The gorgeous central highlands, known as the Alps of Vietnam, where you can base yourself in the quirky town of Dalat and explore by bicycle or on foot from there, are also worth visiting. Kayaking, rock climbing, rafting and canyoning are also available travel to Vietnam!

  1. Beach Bumming
Vietnam is paradise for beach lovers

Vietnam is paradise for beach lovers- source: internet

When thinking of Vietnam, tropical white sandy beaches do not instantly come to your mind – with beach hungry backpackers seeming to head first to neighboring Thailand. Don’t fall into the same trap! The long coastline of Vietnam is filled with splendid islands and beaches which can satisfy any beach bums. Vietnam is a great place to enjoy sea, sun, sand and cocktails with the long stretches of sand at Nha Trang and Hoian and the picturesque coves shadowed by impossible limestone cliffs at Cat Ba National Park! Alternatively, just a few hours south of Ho Chi Minh City, the interesting island of Phu Quoc with fishing villages and beaches galore is a place to go!

  1. City Buzz
Hanoi’s intoxicating atmosphere

Hanoi’s intoxicating atmosphere- source: internet

For its intoxicating atmosphere, there is nowhere quite like Hanoi – Vietnam’s capital in the north of the country. Right after arriving, you will get energized by its pulsating vibe and over a thousand of years of its history and culture. It is buzzing street life, winding streets, eclectic architecture, the smell of spicy street food and a million motorbikes that make this city an assault on all of the senses. Ho Chi Minh City in the Southern Vietnam has a more cosmopolitan feel – drink cheap beer and eat crab from the street vendors in one area of the city and treat yourself in trendy bars, swanky restaurants and lively clubs in the next!

  1. Culture, Museums, Art and Food
Hoa Lo Prison-a place to go in Hanoi

Hoa Lo Prison-a place to go in Hanoi- source: internet

Vietnam has an amazingly rich culture that cannot fail to seduce travelers. Wandering through the streets of Hoian – UNESCO World Heritage City, you will appreciate influences from over five centuries of world trading with the Chinese, French, Indians and Dutch. In the nearby Hue city, don’t miss the Tombs of the Former Emperors as well as the ancient Imperial Hue Citadel, an important part of Vietnamese history. Vietnam is also home to world renowned museums such as Hoa Lo Prison in Hanoi and the American War Museum in Ho Chi Minh City. Moreover, if you are spending time in Hanoi, pay a visit to the tomb of the worshipped leader, Ho Chi Minh himself. After all that culture, make sure to try local delicacies such as goi cuon (spring rolls), banh mi (Vietnamese style sandwich) and Pho bo (beef noodle soup) and relax with a bia hoi (beer).

  1. Off the Beaten Track
Son Doong Cave

Son Doong Cave- source: internet

Vietnam is an incredible country offering plenty of chances for off the beaten track adventures. With magnificent scenery, a local way of life and loads of adventure sports such as caving, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking and rafting, Phong Nha National Park is one region only just being discovered by backpackers. It is the world’s biggest cave (Son Doong Cave), rugged mountains, spectacular waterfalls, raging rivers and swimming lagoons that make this region one of the most exciting adventure destinations in Southeast Asia.

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