10 Must Experience Things to Do in Hanoi, Vietnam

The following is a guest post from Wandering Journal.

Hanoi, the capital of Southeast Asia’s most backpackers-friendly destination, Vietnam has been welcoming travelers for several decades now. The foods, architectures, history, and culture just kept travelers coming back for more. And today, we’re going to look into 10 things to do in Hanoi.

Colonized by the French for centuries, architectures in Hanoi is heavily influenced by the French style, which is unique across Southeast Asia. It’s also one of the 10 most populated countries in the world, with a whopping 94 million people.

As for safety issues, Hanoi is a very safe destination for all kind of travelers and backpackers. There are plenty of reasons travelers love Vietnam. Nevertheless, let’s get started!

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Hoi An, Vietnam with Kids

Rice Paddies in Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An, Vietnam, is located around 25km east of Danang International Airport.  Rather than flying in, we travelled up to Hoi An from Nha Trang (where enjoyed a wonderful mud bath at the Thap Ba Spa), taking the overnight train leaving at 9:30pm and arriving at 8 am in the morning. Overall the train ride was fine and we all slept well which let us start or exploration of Hoi An on the right foot.

Our six nights were full of many amazing activities that we all enjoyed, from our youngest to oldest.  The following are a collection of the best.

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Thap Ba Spa – Go For the Mud Bath Spa

Morgans Go Travelling at the Mud Spa in Nha Trang

Before arriving in Nha Trang we had caught wind of a mud spa experience. We visited a travel expo located near the backpacker street in Ho Chi Minh and picked up a brochure and were happy with the prices of the packages. Upon arriving in Nha Trang we talked with our guesthouse owners about what activities we wanted to do while here and they kindly gave us an extra 5% discount card to use.

The Thap Ba Spa is the oldest mud and hot spring facility in Nha Trang. It is famous for it’s therapeutic healing powers of the mud and hot springs and we were excited to partake. We decided we would leave early in the morning and arrive at opening time hoping that it would be quieter at this time in the morning.

The taxi ride was about 15 minutes from our guesthouse out the back of town and through some local villages. We arrived just after opening time and decided we would take the communal mud spa and mineral bath option. It cost around $35 USD for all 6 of us which included a communal mud spa experience, mineral hot pools and entrance to the four other pools in the complex.

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Trekking in Sapa – Be Sure to Bring Rain Essentials

Often considered the number two destination in Vietnam behind taking a Halong Bay cruise, is Sapa.  The Northern mountain town is the go to spot for trekking, near immeasurable quantity of rice terraces, and visiting local tribal villages. 

Of course, visiting Sapa at any time of the year puts you in for a very high risk of being caught in the frequent rain storms the region enjoys. 

This shouldn't be a deterrent, as hiking in Sapa was one of my favorite experiences, even if it did require a bit of extra preparation when rainy.

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