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Vietnam is back! Here are 5 of the best things to do – The bucket list of Vietnam

There is no better feeling than being able to simply immerse yourself in the fabric of a new city and country. The best way, especially in Vietnam, is to dive headfirst into the variety of cultural, natural and historical activities to be enjoyed!


In Hoi An, it is customary to light a lantern

Hoi An becomes a symphony of colour and light during the Tet (Vietnamese New Year) Lantern Festival. During the seven-day festival, a multitude of colourful lanterns line the road between Hoi An Bridge to Hoai River Square.
There are more than fifty workshops competing for the title of "most beautiful lantern." The designs are classic, and the colours are vivid so don't miss out, especially if you are looking for things to do in Hoi An and are staying at any nearby hotels such as the Anantara Hoi An Resort.
The activities revolve around the area between both the Japanese Covered Bridge as well as the Cau An Hoi Bridge in the historic district. It's noisy, hectic, and joyful, with people singing and chanting at random and food stands popping up all over the place. Celebrations are enjoyed by both locals and tourists.


Go see Halong Bay as well as its equally stunning neighbour

Halong Bay is one of Vietnam's most stunning natural attractions, with its 1,600 limestone pillars towering out of the bay's turquoise seas. Every tourist visits this location, and thousands of boats provide daily cruises because of it & despite the bay's size, it often feels crowded.
Bai Tu Long Bay, located only a short distance away, has an equally breath-taking landscape but only a tenth of the number of tourists. You may go spelunking in the caverns, relax on the secluded beaches, and eat delicious seafood that has just been caught that day.


Explore Cat Ba Island on a Hike

Cat Ba Island is a safe and enjoyable destination. The scenery is gorgeous, and neighbouring Lan Ha Bay is an excellent substitute for Halong Bay due to its own stunning beauty and lack of crowds of tourists.
Ngu Lam Peak, if you're still hungry for more, is a beautiful destination a little distance higher. The view of the far, rugged, green mountains is well worth the effort required to get there.


Visit the Mekong Delta on a cruise

The Mekong River flows more slowly in Vietnam after it has travelled more than 4,000 kilometres from its source in the Tibetan Himalaya. The river seems to want to slow down and enjoy the scenery of islands, rice terraces, stilted villages, and a way of living that hasn't changed in generations.
You can achieve it by riding along with a cargo ship. Find a shaded location to lash your hammock, and as your boat, laden with sacks of fruit and grains, rams the brown flow, you can stare at distant riverbanks.


Phong Nha National Park

In the narrowest part of Vietnam, near to the borderline with Laos, is the province of Quang Binh, a wild region of the hardly penetrable jungle. Numerous enormous caverns may be found in the region, with Hang Son Doong being the largest of them all. There's a cavern there that's big enough to house a skyscraper!