Kayak Halong Bay
Use paddle power to explore this incredible forest of karsts that jut out of the South China Sea like stone sentinels. Kayak where other boats cannot, such as into hide caves and secret lagoons, and will reveal to you the very best of the bay.
OK, so it’s not Mt Everest, but at 3143m, it is the highest peak in the country. Meet some of the minority peoples on the trek before tackling the elements to arrive on the roof of Vietnam.
Saddle up for the ride of a lifetime in the mountains of Vietnam’s deep north. The roads are absolute rollercoaster, the scenery is simply stunning.
Cycle the Mekong Delta
Forget about those newfangled engines and pedal through the back roads of the Mekong Delta – a patchwork of emerald greens. Stick to the roads less traveled or jump on the odd boat or two for the full Mekong experience.
See Vietnam from a different angle by scuba diving off its curvaceous coast. Tank up, buddy down and explore the reefs off Nha Trang. Other options are Phu Quoc Island or, the final frontier, Con Dao.
Kite surf above
If all that underwater stuff sounds too deep, then float above it all with something more carefree like kite surfing. Mui Ne is the unashamed kite surfing capital, but the sport is (literally) taking off, up and down the coast.
Explore Vietnam’s national parks
Vietnam’s jungle is massive – well at least in some of the protected areas. Track shy wildlife, hike to hidden waterfalls or mountain-bike down paths less traveled in one of the country’s remote national parks, such as magnificent Cat Tien.
Trekking Nam Cat Tien National Park