10 Places to go Off Road in Vietnam

10 Places to go Off Road in Vietnam

Travelling off the tourist path in Vietnam is full of surprise. The following sites offers you an authenticity of Vietnam. They may be the hidden gems for adventures, island escapes, local life experiences or simply unique culture exploration. 
Our travel experts believe these sites would be ideal to combine with some famous attractions to form the ultimate Vietnam travel itinerary :

cao dao island
Photo: Six Senses Con Dao

Con Dao Islands

Lying off the south-east coast of Vietnam, Con Dao Islands is a striking destination for a tropical escape in Vietnam. This archipelago is globally recognized because of its untainted beaches and coral reefs. 
While the leisure visitors love to spend time by the private, sandy beaches, active travelers can take part in various outdoors such as scuba diving, fishing and visits to the Con Dao Prison. The area is also home to friendly sea turtle who come to lay eggs ( which you can actually see ) in spring time. 

Recommended Tours : Vietnam Beach Tours

pu luong

Pu Luong, Thanh Hoa

Situated in the remote part of Thanh Hoa province, Pu Luong is a beautiful area that massive tourism does not reach. This is home to the friendly Thai ethnic who has distinctive, charming culture. 
Pu Luong seduces all visitors by its serene charm formed by rice terraces, secluded hamlets, cascading waterfalls and striking mountain panorama. It is more known as one of the best trekking sites in Vietnam

Dien Bien Phu

Besides historical relics, most of the travelers appreciate Dien Bien Phu for its beguiling landscapes. Towering mountains, grasslands, open savannah as well as stretching forests make up the panorama. With all these natural sceneries, Dien Bien Phu stands among the top unique destinations in Vietnam.
Dien Bien Phu is often best combined with Son La, Lai Chau and Sapa for a stunning North West Vietnam Tour, however, if you fancy a remote escape, the area itself is full of charm. 

ha giang

Ha Giang

Known as realm of adventure, Ha Giang mountains are perfect for cycling, trekking and hill tribe markets. It lies on the banks of Lo River in Ha Giang province. A trip to Ha Giang is worth soaking up the minority villages, the splendor of the landscapes, and the atmosphere of remote areas. Moreover, adventurers can’t stop admiring scenic views of Vietnam terraces and rolling hills. 
Some highlights of the areas are : Hoang Su Phi rice terraces, former Hmong Palace, Ma Pi Leng Pass. 

babe national par
Photo: Andrea Pepoli

Ba Be Lake

Ba Be Lake, the largest natural lake in Vietnam, sits in the heart of Ba Be National Park. It’s one of the main motives for a trip to the northeastern Vietnam – Bac Kan province. Travelers flock in for several exhilarating outdoor activities such as Kayaking, boat cruise and more. Apart from that, a tour to this area includes cultural encounters with the different ethnic groups that call it home, visits to the nearby fishing villages.

See also: Vietnam National Parks

cao bang waterfall

Ban Gioc Waterfall, Cao Bang

Ban Gioc is a magnificent waterfall in Vietnam, thanks to its rare photogenic setting that is dominated by towering karst hills and dense jungles. It’s located in Trung Khanh District – Cao Bang province. What’s more, travelers explore the close by Nguom Ngao cave, one of Vietnam’s most wondered spots with its stalactites and stalagmites. If you are after history in Cao Bang, visit the ancient Pac Bo Cave for insight about President Ho Chi Minh.

bai tu long

Bai Tu Long

Tucked away in the northeast of the remarkable Halong Bay, Bai Tu Long is inclusive of Vietnam’s worth a visit off the beaten track spots. It’s ideal for travelers who wish to flee the overcrowded Halong Bay. Like Halong Bay, Bai Tu Long consists of turquoise waters that are dotted by limestone karsts. A boat cruise around offers spectacular views of the surroundings, blue clear skies as well as reaching the concealed spots like caves.

Co To Island

Co To Island is one of the pristine islands in northeastern Vietnam. It overwhelms adventurers by its white sandy beaches, blue sea waters and riverside cliffs together with luxuriant greenery. While on this Island, beach life experience is usual and fascinating. Other unmissable tourists’ draws are the fishing villages, Ho Chi Minh’s monument, the lighthouse of Co To, reefs and natural islets. From Co To Lighthouse, travelers take in all-embracing views of the Halong Bay and the northern Gulf.

ly son island
Photo: Thomas Dao

Ly Son Island

Plenty of untainted beaches, historical sites for instance temples and shrines, pretty cliffs are a rationale why it’s a must on most of the travelers’ bucket list to Vietnam. It sprawls off the coast of Quang Ngai province. Additionally, various restaurants on the Island grant visitors a chance to taste on delicious seafood dishes.

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 Vietnam is diverse. For first time visit, the Best of Vietnam is luring enough with not only beautiful cultural exploration but also unique touches to local life. 
Dzung Nguyen - Vietnam Travel Expert

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