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Vietnam is a perfect country for long-distance cycling because much of the country is flat and the lack of cars makes for light traffic. Caution is required, particularly on busier roads since traffic can be chaotic. Bicycle hire is cheap and widely available.


There is excellent hiking and horse riding in the lush countryside around Da Lat. Guides are helpful and can be hired locally. The northwest is generally the most favourable region for hiking. Other good destinations include Cuc Phuong National Park (near Hanoi), Bach Ma National Park;and Lang Bian Mountain (in Da Lat), where guides are mandatory. In the north, Ba Be Lake National Park (which has many lakes, caves, and waterfalls) and Cat Ba National Park on Cat Ba Island also has beautiful scenery.

Water sports

Vietnam features 3,260 kilometres or 2,021 miles of coastline. The well-known beaches are Vung Tau, located north of the Mekong Delta; and Nha Trang, near Da Lat, where the crystal clear, blue waters provide excellent scuba diving and snorkeling. Diving and Snorkeling equipment is available for hire at most beachfront resorts. Other fine beaches are Phan Thiet (south central coast); Mui Ne Beach (famous for its huge sand dunes); and the marvelous Ha Long Bay, where 3,000 islands, lush with plantation and dotted with beaches and grottoes, protrude out of the Gulf of Tonkin. One can access the islands by boats, which are available to hire in Ha Long City.


Caving buffs can travel to the amazing Pong Nha river caves, northwest of Dong Hoi. Boat trips are very popular in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam’s southernmost region, which is an elaborate network of swamps, rice paddies, and forests joined together with rivers and canals. River cruises can also be arranged on the Saigon River (an excellent way to see Saigon) or the beautiful Perfume River (near Hue).

There are plenty of opportunities to visit many of the Vietnam War historical spots. It's possible to walk part of the Ho Chi Minh Trail, a series of paths, trails and roads used to transport supplies to the North Vietnamese during the war. It stretches from North Vietnam and continued south through the Truong Son mountains and into western Laos. The Chu Chi tunnels, 35 kilometres or 22 miles from Ho Chi Minh City, a network of narrow tunnels used by guerrillas and villagers during the war and Vinh Moc can also be visited.