Discover new and interesting activities without leaving the comfort of the city
With one of the biggest vacations of the year approaching, many of us are gearing up for a quick getaway to unplug and relax. If you want to escape the crowds but don’t want to travel off the beaten track, check out these 6 lesser-known alternative activities to explore for your upcoming Independence Day getaway.
1. Visiting Cultural Villages in Ha Noi
Ha Noi is considered the country’s melting pot of culture, and there’s no better way to experience that than by visiting interesting cultural villages right on the outskirts of the capital. Rich in ethnic culture, the Cultural Village of Vietnam’s Ethnic Minorities displays vividly reproduced architectural works, including Khmer Pagodas, Cham Towers, Mong Villages, and Muong Community Houses. With a large area of 200 hectares divided into four clusters of villages corresponding to four regions, travelers can avoid the crowds while learning about Vietnam’s ethnic groups through architecture and cuisine.
An equally captivating alternative would be the Viet Village Cultural Park, which is located on the grounds of Dam Tranh Ecolodge. Designed to mimic the scenery of rural Vietnam, the property offers visitors fun cultural experiences such as dry boat racing, packing Chung cake, pottery making, or farming practices such as fishing and farming.
Where to stay:
- Shining Central Hotel & Spa has a rating of 9.3 on Booking.com and is currently offering a discount of up to 61% for you to use.
- Yes Cosmo Hotel and Spa has a rating of 9.3 on Booking.com and offers a discount of up to 79% to get the most out of your holiday
2. Camping in the countryside in Da Nang
Da Nang is filled with beautiful beaches and luxury resorts – hence it is famous among both local and international tourists. However, less than an hour’s drive from the city center, you will find yourself in the quiet countryside of Hoa Bac Municipality, Hoa Vang District. Known as an ecotourism area, Hoa Bac welcomes travelers with many locations to explore, picnic or stay overnight, such as Cu De riverbank, Vung Bot stream, Yen Retreat camping, Phuoc Hoa ecolodge or Lang Me camping.
Here you can enjoy views of scenic rivers, quiet villages and verdant rice paddies, and take part in many other exciting activities, from steamboat rides, SUP rowing and fishing to nature stream bathing. Travelers also have the chance to visit the traditional “Gươl” houses of the Cơ Tu ethnic group and learn about their dances and vibrant culture.
Where to stay: Minh Boutique has a 9.7 rating on Booking.com
3. De-stress with interesting sports activities in Ho Chi Minh
Sometimes a short vacation is just what sports fanatics need to take a few days off to de-stress by taking in exciting sports activities, ideally in the heart of their city. If you are a Fast & Furious fan and like the thrill of racing, there are several places in the city where you can race at high speed on the F1 circuit. You’ll be provided with full protective gear and a professional team of staff and technicians to race safely and fully enjoy that adrenaline rush.
For those looking to put their physique to the test, enjoy a variety of fun, challenging activities designed on trampolines at some of the popular sports and entertainment complexes in Ho Chi Minh City, taking in both the crowds and the summer heat. can avoid. Wall climbing is another fun activity to improve your physical strength while calming your mind and freeing yourself from all worries – just what vacations are for!
Where to stay:
- Orchids Saigon Hotel has an 8.9 rating on Booking.com and is currently offering a discount of up to 50% for you to use.
- Lotte Hotel Saigon has an 8.7 rating on Booking.com and currently offers a discount of up to 30%.
- Cochin Zen Hotel has an 8.6 rating on Booking.com and currently offers a discount of up to 27%.
4. Waterfall sliding in Da Lat
Located in the highlands of Vietnam, Dalat is not only a quiet, serene city tucked into pine forests, but also an extreme sports paradise, not for the faint of heart. If you’re looking for an exhilarating ride without the crowds, the waterfall gliding tour in Da Lat is made just for you. After hiking the picturesque roads to Datanla Waterfall, you’ll be equipped with basic sliding techniques and safety equipment to embark on an adrenaline-fuelled adventure.
Drift down some dry cliffs, slide down giant rocks on your back into fast water, then free jump from 7 to 11 meter high cliffs to challenge both your physical and mental strength. Finally, you will meet the infamous 16 meter high “Washing Machine” cliff, where the water will swirl you around and push you out of the waterfall, guaranteeing this vacation the most epic journey for all extreme sports fanatics.
Where to stay: Dalat Edensee Lake Resort & Spa has a rating of 8.5 on Booking.com
5. Bar-hopping in Vung Tau
Between divine beaches and rugged mountains, Vung Tau charms travelers with its vibrant nightlife, with countless bars and pubs undiscovered by regular tourists. Bar hopping in Vung Tau means good drinks, good music and just enough crowds to keep the night alive. Every bar and club here brings something unique to the table, whether it’s tantalizing musical performances, beach, Instagram-worthy views, a diverse seafood menu or artfully mixed drinks – there really is something for everyone. So whatever you’re in the mood for, you’re eager for the most fun and memorable conversations with your travel companions.
Where to stay: Sun Beach Hotel has a 9.1 rating on Booking.com.
6. Making pottery in Hoi An
Visits to craft villages are typical for tourists in Hoi An, but often it is only a small part of an activity-packed trip. With over 500 years of pottery-making history, Thanh Ha Pottery Village has much to offer heritage-loving travelers. Thanh Ha Pottery Village is located near the tranquil Thu Bon River, just 3 km west of Hoi An’s city center.
Here, tourists have the opportunity to learn about the age-old traditional handicrafts and experience numerous fascinating activities. First, you can witness the art of pottery making and ceramic polishing performed by skilled artisans, turning clay blocks into unique, exquisite ceramic products. Then you will be guided step by step to make your own ceramic works and take them home as souvenirs. Finally, travelers can explore Thanh Ha Terracotta Park – the largest ceramic park in Vietnam, and Xuan My Temple with remnants of the history of the craft.