Take a leap of faith with these adventure travel activities in Vietnam
ADVENTURE TRAVEL can be risky but it can also be a strange sense of calm as it makes you feel alive.
Considered a type of nice tourism, it involves traveling to out-of-the-ordinary or “roads less traveled” destinations and more often than not includes physical activity such as trekking.
This would, of course, require you – the traveler – to step out of your comfort zone.
For the past decade, the interest in independent adventure travel has increased as more specialist travel websites emerge offering niche locations and sports.
And if you have yet to try it, believe us when we say that adventure travel is good for you as it literally has health benefits.
It can prevent or treat a wide range of health problems, get your cardio and blood pumping, raise your tolerance for uncertainty, build your confidence, and feed you with bursts of adrenaline and endorphins to make you happy.
Some of the world’s most picturesque landscapes are in Asia, with soaring mountains, meandering rivers, and rich historical sites.
In fact, the region has no shortage of amazing places that you should see at least once in your life.
One such place is Vietnam, which offers everything from breathtaking nature to one of the oldest cultures in Southeast Asia, to mouthwatering cuisine and a chockfull of adventures to choose from.
Ha Long Bay: Kayaking
Did you know that Ha Long Bay was chosen as one of the best 25 tourist destinations to kayak in the world?
A day out at the bay will allow you to navigate narrow waterways, getting off only to check out its gorgeous caves with towering limestone pillars and charming fishing villages.
Kayaking is generally assumed to be very safe in the calm waters of Ha Long Bay, which is also a Unesco World Heritage Site.
Hoi An: Walking underwater
Want to get up close and personal with beautiful luscious corals and colorful, diverse marine life in Vietnam?
Experience the Cham Islands day tour from Hoi An that will allow you to walk on the ocean floor without needing to learn how to dive.
Aside from the underwater walking activity, the full-day cruise also includes plenty of free time for swimming and snorkeling and a delicious lunch at a beachside restaurant.
Nha Trang: Bungee Jump
Bungee jumping truly isn’t for the weak hearted as it involved jumping from a tall structure or off a bridge while connected to a large elastic cord.
The rush comes from the free-falling and the rebound when you fly upwards again as the cord recoils, all the while set against a tropical backdrop.
If you’re the type who doesn’t mind feeling like you’ve left your heart somewhere in mid-air, then take the leap of faith in Nha Trang in Khanh Hoa province.
Nha Trang: Flyboard
You’ve probably seen this in passing and thought, “That’s like being Iron Man but on water!” – you’re not entirely wrong.
Flyboarding propels its riders into the air (as high as 30ft) at high speed with water pressure, perfect for adrenaline junkies who don’t mind getting soaked.
It’s not the safest sport in the world, so ride at your own risk. This activity is available in Nha Trang, ranging from US$34 to US$43 for 15-minutes rides.
At first glance, canyoning looks difficult and it probably is. But it’s a sport that mixes skill, adrenaline, and nature in equal measure.
Canyoning allows you to really connect with nature and experience it like you’ve never before when you trek through gorges, waterfalls, and giant rock pools.
Located in southern Vietnam’s central highlands and surrounded by hills, pine forests, lakes, and waterfalls, Dalat is the perfect place to learn the art of canyoning.
Mui Ne: Sandboarding
Mui Ne is known as the capital of resorts and its pristine, white sand dunes ranked second among the top 10 best sandboarding destinations in the world.
Rent a board and as you slide, surf and roll down the slopes be captivated and inspired by the spectacular view.
There are hours of good adventures to be had but just remember to head out at sunrise because it’s best to experience the Mui Ne dunes before it gets too hot.