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Five unique ways to see Vietnam

Published October 17th, 2012

With cheap food, stunning scenery and smiling locals, Vietnam would have to be one of our top spots for a student-friendly holiday. Even if you’re yet to go, chances are someone you know has already been and taken a bunch of breathtaking sunset photos to prove it.

While most travellers to Vietnam will tour Halong Bay and eat a bowl of noodles in Ha Noi, Vietnam has so much more to offer. Be inspired by these five unique ways to see Vietnam and get the most out of your next holiday.

 

Halong Bay in Vietnam

A cruise around Halong bay is a must

Overland safari from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh

While travelling from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh by train is the easiest route, sometimes it’s better to take the long road and enjoy the journey along the way. On an overland safari you can experience Vietnam’s colourful scenery up close, stopping to visit local villages, ride elephants in the Central Highlands, canoe around Lak Lake and cruise through Halong Bay. The incredible safari adventure also stops at the underground Cu Chi tunnel network as well as passing through the tea and coffee plantations of Dalat before ending in Saigon.

 

Farm stay in the Mekong Delta

With flourishing farms and the flowing Mekong River, the enchanting Mekong Delta is a region well worth exploring. Known as the ‘rice bowl of Vietnam,’ the area is famous for its produce, with river banks winding around rice fields and floating markets selling orchids and freshly picked fruit. To experience this area to its fullest consider a farm stay where you can stay with locals and gain a glimpse of what life is like in the fascinating Mekong Delta.

 

Cycle through the Mai Chau region

While you might not be willing to brave riding your bike in the crowded city of Ha Noi, a ride through the Mai Chau region just outside the city is ideal. On some of our Vietnam tours, you can enjoy a group bike ride around the region, passing through remote villages and past serene rice paddies and stopping at sunset to stay at a village to recharge your batteries before heading on to Hanoi.

 

Sapa in Vietnam

The spectacular view from Sapa

Home stay in Sapa

Located in the north west of the country, Sapa is an enchanting town beloved for its markets, exotic cultures and spectacular location, wedged between towering mountains. While not widely known as a tourist town, those who do venture north to Sapa will be rewarded with fantastic scenery, from cascading rice paddies to small villages and misty mountains.  Enjoy a home stay in Sapa and discover the mysterious hill-tribe cultures first hand.

 

Cooking in Hoi An

If you only have a few days to spare then consider joining a walking and cooking in Hoi An. During the tour you will be taken to some of the city’s most notable landmarks, followed by a tour of a local market and then treated to a Vietnamese cooking class where you can taste your own delicious creations.

 

Lauren Burvill

Australian born but London based, I'm a sucker for big cities and small tropical islands. When travelling, I like eating like a local, dressing like a local, but staying in 5 star style. Have a travel story to share? Tweet me @laurenburvill.