5 Breathtaking Natural Wonders to See in Vietnam
Among the many reasons to visit Vietnam, what caught my heart was the natural wonders it offers. What more is that it’s relatively affordable around the country. That’s probably why it’s so popular among backpackers and budget travelers. There are so many natural wonders, from forests to rock formations, waterfalls to lakes – not to mention the miles and miles of coastline! Here are some of the most breathtaking natural wonders to see in Vietnam:
#1 Halong Bay
Halong Bay is one of, if not the most popular attraction in Vietnam. Photographers and Instagrammers will find Halong Bay a gem, with the rock formations and incredible hues during sunrise and sunset. It’s been a World Heritage Site since 1994! But not only is Halong Bay a feast for the eyes, but it’s also a place where you can do so much!
One of the best ways to see Halong Bay is by going on a cruise to see more of the islands. There are many kinds of tours offered around Halong Bay, from small boats to bigger cruise boats. If you’re the active type, then you should go on a kayak tour! And if time permits, try to spend at least two days to see the bay’s different islands and outer parts.
#2 Rice Terraces in Sapa
Sapa town is another one of Vietnam’s famous attractions, and it continues to rise in popularity among tourists. The one thing you should see is the terraced rice fields, and you’ll understand why it’s voted as one of the world’s most beautiful rice terraces! It’s been around for hundreds of years, carved by generation after generation – so in a way, it is human-made and natural. Still, it’s a beautiful wonder to behold.
When you visit the rice terraces, you will also see rich culture among the ethnic groups. You’ll see a different way of life among its locals. Sapa is also a popular hiking destination, with many trekkers visiting year-round. You’ll understand why as soon as you see the lavish greenery and spectacular views around the town.
#3 Sand Dunes of Mui Ne
Many tour operators can take you to the red or white sand dunes of Mui Ne, but you can also explore on your own quickly. Either way, they’re worth the visit! The place will give you Saharan-desert feels, and it’s incredibly picturesque! If you plan on visiting the sand dunes (which I strongly suggest you do), I propose that you do it early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Otherwise, it will be sweltering.
There are different activities you can do in the sand dunes as well. You can hop on a quad bike or a dune buggy and ride your way around the slopes. There’s even ostrich riding in some areas, but I wouldn’t recommend it. Sandboarding/sledding is fun but be careful not to give in to too expensive sled rentals.
After seeing the sand dunes, you can head to the nearby beaches around Mui Ne. It would be great if you had a cooler so you can enjoy cold drinks or a picnic by the beach. You can also go swimming and, depending on the weather conditions, kitesurfing.
#4 Son Doong Cave in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park
It’s hard to believe that nobody (other than the locals) knew about this cave until only about a decade ago. But the recent discovery has been given the title of the largest cave in the world. It’s only around 5.5 miles long, but it can fit a 40-story building!
Son Doong Cave opened to the public in 2013, and fewer people have seen the inside of it than those who have scaled Mount Everest. However, I believe that will soon change. The cave is magnificent, and although it’s not very easy to get to, many tour operators offer different packages. If you visit this place now, it’ll be like being part of pioneering cave exploration. It’s not easy to get into – you will need professional tour guides and certain gear types.
#5 Pongour waterfall
Vietnam is the perfect place to chase waterfalls. There are hundreds of them all around. Pongour Waterfalls is one of the grandest ones in Vietnam, but the few reach this place because it’s quite far. However, those who do reach it agree that it is definitely worth the trip.
Don’t these wonders just want to make you pack your bags and go on an adventure ASAP, And to think this is only 5 out of the hundreds of incredible places you can see along the way. This country will satisfy your thirst for life and adventure. If you have any experiences you’d like to share, suggestions, questions, or comments relating to travel in Vietnam, please share them below.
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