The best thing about Vietnam is the local culture. The farther away you go from the beaten track, the more authentic the experience you can expect. But as a tourist, it can be hard finding these unique places and things to do. For that reason, you can check out this list of best local experiences in Vietnam. And don’t forget to have a look at Local Vietnam, a Vietnamese company that specializes in local experiences.
A boat trip through Halong Bay
The nature reserve of Halong Bay is really amazing. You can sail over the water for a day, but you can also spend the night on a boat. The 3000 islands and limestone rock formations give a stunning view. You can even see stalactite caves and you can explore hidden lagoons by kayak. In addition, there are floating villages where you can see fishermen in action.
The nightlife and lively streets in Hanoi
Hanoi is a bustling city. Great for street food, walking and exploring street markets. The traffic is very busy, but that is part of the charm of the city. Be sure to take a seat on one of the low plastic stools for delicious Vietnamese food. The Old Quarter is the nicest neighborhood for eating and going out. In addition, there are also a number of museums in Hanoi such as Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, the prison museum and the Military History Museum.
Delicious Vietnamese street food
Number one is, of course, the Banh Mi, the Vietnamese crispy baguette with delicious toppings such as tofu, pork belly, paté with sweet and sour vegetables and much more! Pho is a typical Vietnamese noodle soup, something you should definitely try. Also think of fresh spring rolls from rice paper, fried spring rolls, Bánh Xèo or crispy stuffed pancakes and Bun Cha which is crispy pork. There is much more, discover it by yourself!
Touring the inlands with an Easy Rider
An experience not to be missed. Jump on the back of a motorbike of an experienced motorcyclist who is also a local guide. You can adjust the route yourself as well as the number of days you would like to travel. You explore the country like a true local on the back of the motorcycle, where the guide shows you local attractions that you would never have found yourself.
Watch lanterns in Hoi An
The old center of the town of Hoi An is very cozy. In the evening the entire center is lit with colored lanterns. In this town, you can eat well and enjoy the atmosphere. It is recommended to stay here for a few nights and on the first day, you should go to a tailor. Hoi An is famous for the most beautiful custom made clothes for a very good price. In addition, Hoi An has a beautiful beach nearby and you can explore the countryside by bike.
Relax on the beaches of Phu Quoc
Looking for a stunning beach with palm trees? Then you have come to the right place on this island, in the south of Vietnam. A perfect place to end your trip through Vietnam. Go snorkeling, enjoy doing nothing but relax and have good seafood at the Night Market. Perfect destination for a few days.
History in Ho Chi Minh
Stories of the Vietnam war are probably still unknown to you and there is a lot to learn about this in this city. For example, you can visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, but make sure you are not claustrophobic because the tunnels are incredibly narrow. You can also visit the War Remnants Museum to learn more about the war.
Walk through the rice fields in Sapa
Are you up for a great adventure? Then start trekking with a local minority guide. The local minorities are dressed in traditional clothes that you see on the streets of Sapa. Walk from village to village, with views on beautiful terraced rice fields and mountains. If you opt for two-day trekking, then overnight you stay at a homestay owned by a hill tribe.
Visit the countryside of Ninh Binh
Ninh Binh province is approximately 2 hours from the northern city of Hanoi. Make sure you stay outside the city, because then you can discover the beautiful countryside. Admire the beautiful green rice fields and sail over the rivers by rowing boat. The area is easy to explore by scooter or bicycle. If you like culture then visit some of the pagodas in the area.
The Mekong River has dozens of side branches that are connected via channels. It is very cool to take a boat trip on the river and visiting floating markets.