Vietnam: An unforgettable adventure

For a while, Vietnam was in most people’s consciousness because of the war. But fast-forward to today, this relatively small Southeast Asian country has made a name for itself as a favorite touristic destination. Far from the war-torn image many used to have of Vietnam, this country has emerged as one of the most beautiful places one could ever visit.

Typical Vietnam group tours will most likely begin in one of the country’s three big cities: Hanoi, Danang, or Ho Chi Minh. It also goes without saying that a trip to Vietnam is not complete without trying authentic Vietnamese cuisine such as pho, banh mi, and nem. Lastly, going to the beach is a must when you are in Vietnam. Popular spots include Halong Bay and the beaches of Phu Quoc and Nha Trang.

But there is more to Vietnam than pho and Saigon. What awaits beyond these tourist-saturated Vietnam travel destinations is an experience like no other in the world.

Vietnam Highlights and Features

1. Go on a Vietnam photography adventure

Vietnam is a visual feast. Literally every corner is photogenic, bursting with lively colors and energy. From the vibrant city life of Ho Chi Minh and the stunning islands of Halong Bay to the historical sites of Hanoi, there is so much to photograph in this country. Vietnam is also a great destination for people photography. The locals are warm and friendly, and if you have the time, take a trip to the highlands to meet the people of the hill tribes. Of course, do not forget to be respectful and ask permission when taking photos of people.

2. Jump off the cliffs in Dalat

While a stroll on the beach sounds fairly fun, there is something about the laid-back air in Vietnam that pushes one to step outside of their comfort zone—and before they know it, they are jumping off of cliffs and repelling down waterfalls. Canyoning in Dalat is an extreme adventure for the inner adrenaline junkies in us. Expect to slide down natural rock-slides, jump off of cliffs (again), and hike. There are many tour companies that offer guided canyoning tours, with varying difficulty levels depending on your preference.

3. Enter the world’s largest cave

The world’s largest cave is in Vietnam, located in Phong Nha-Ke Bang national park. Because this cave is so large, it has its own river, jungle and climate. It is almost like stepping into another world. It is 200 meters high, 150 meters wide, and 5 kilometers long. Looking around the cave’s towering ceilings is a sublime encounter that will humble anyone. Hire a guide (it is mandatory) and plan an overnight excursion in this gorgeous cave.

The Reunification Express is a unique way to see Vietnam. The 30-hour journey will take you through fishing villages, rice paddies, dense jungles, and even actual neighborhoods. It is a thrilling ride with a historical significance. Linking Hanoi with Ho Chi Minh City, the Reunification Express will expose you to lively local culture inside the train while enjoying the scenic view of Vietnam. There are five different seating options—from hard seats to VIP cabins.

Most of those who have been to Vietnam say that the country never truly leaves them and that they are always compelled to come back. It is easy to see why, though. Vietnam gives so much to every adventurer that a single journey is not enough. Joining Vietnam group tours will be the one of best travel choices you will ever make.

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