Vietnam is truly a multi-sport country. It’s geography is incredibly diverse, with expansive mountain ranges and magnificent Halong Bay in the north, flatter areas in the center that include pristine beaches and multiple UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and the charming rural countryside of the mighty Mekong Delta in the south.
The country’s varying natural landscapes mean that travelers can enjoy cycling, hiking, kayaking and more, whether through slow-paced tours or more strenuous programs. What’s particularly inviting about these adventures, is that interaction with locals comes with ease, often accompanied by tastings of delectable local cuisine or teachings of authentic craftsmanship.
Northern Vietnam is undoubtedly most famous for its bamboo waterwheels, beautiful rice terraces, and the towering limestone karst islands and emerald waters of Halong Bay. These are the breathtaking sights that travelers will set their eyes on during or after challenging trekking and cycling tours. What makes this region so great for active travel?
- The north is especially popular for hiking because of its magnificent mountain ranges. Sapa is an old favorite, and Mu Cang Chai, Hoang Su Phi and Cao Bang (which has spectacular waterfalls) offer unique getaways with slow ambles through quiet villages that are home to diverse ethnic tribes.
- Hanoi and Mai Chau are perfect for leisurely cycles. Roads vary from tarred to off-road dirt paths that meander through villages. Tracks here undulate along hills and mountains.
- Vietnam’s Gulf of Tonkin makes for stunning kayaking activities through Halong Bay, Lan Ha Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay. The north also boasts large lakes like Ba Be and Hoa Binh, which are equally suitable for shorter kayaking adventures.
The central region of the country has a sleepy, charming atmosphere. It’s here that several World Heritage Sites and incredible cultural relics can be discovered, from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hoi An Ancient Town, the My Son Sanctuary and the Complex of Hue Monuments. What makes this region so great for active travel?
- Thanks to its flatter topography, the region is especially suitable for cycling. Travelers can take their time over longer distances and explore the culturally rich sites situated here.
- Small cities like Hoi An and Hue have a unique charm and are easily explored on walking or cycling tours. Their colorful facades and quaint architecture make for wonderful photo opportunities along the way.
- It’s a diverse region in of itself, with mountains, caves, cities, coastal scenery and lagoons.
The Mekong Delta is Vietnam’s “food basket”, providing over a third of the country’s annual food crop. It has incredible diversity and is home to millions of people, all working and living in this water world, either on floating or stilted markets and houses, or along its banks. What makes this region so great for active travel?
- Terrain around the Delta is flat and perfect for leisurely cycling or walking tours, with beautiful rice fields and a big variety of fruit plantations dotted along tarred roads or dirt paths.
- Life here is truly unique and shows the adaptability of Vietnam’s local people, and travelers will engage in intimate local encounters and observe intriguing industry and craftsmanship.
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Brice Van Huffel
Originally hailing from the charming city of Aix en Provence in southern France, Brice has been traveling, living and working in Asia since 2014. Brice has traveled extensively around Asia, and has called India, Cambodia, Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines and Myanmar home, before meeting the love of his life and settling in Vietnam in 2016.
When he’s not working on handcrafting exciting new products, or training our teams (and sometimes clients) on adventures and logistics in Vietnam, he can most likely be found with his camera in hand, scouring regions for culinary treats and hidden gems in his attempt to capture the essence and character of the places he visits.
His efforts with his Canon have also helped him become secretly famous in the French travel scene as the publisher of the popular French travel blog www.worldwildbrice.net
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