Complete List of Outdoor Activities to Do in Vietnam in 4 Days

Other than rock climbing, Cat Ba Island, Hanoi, Halong bay and all of Vietnam has so much to discover over 4 days from food tours to Ninh Binh boat rides.

Do a 1 Day Tour of Hanoi City

hanoi day trip at old quarter

On your rest days after climbing in Vietnam, there’s plenty of non-rock climbing outdoor activities to enjoy in Vietnam, and one of the must-dos is walk through old quarters in Hanoi city in the day time AND at night. Its a crazy chaotic mess of traffic and food stalls and shops and moving stalls and flowers!

At night, it transforms into a full-on night market and nightlife street with plenty of places to chill, BBQ, grab a bite and more. Whether you are a backpacker going through Vietnam or a city person, this is something that you must experience in Hanoi!

best of vietnam food tours and halong bay cruise trips

Halong Bay Boat and Cruise Ride

Apart from the great deep water soloing you can find in Halong Bay, the area is also a World Heritage Site, meaning that it’s a beautiful place to hop on a boat tour and enjoy the views.

Vietnam is teeming with gorgeous rivers and bays.

From luxury cruises to kayaks, there are plenty of ways to see the bay and surrounding area like monkey island.

monkey bay during our day tour at halong bay

Small Boat Ride in Ninh Binh

Another boat ride that I recommend is down the river in Ninh Binh, where you can visit Tam Coc or Trang An. A boat tour will offer you some of the most beautiful views of Ninh Binh, and you’ll be sure to have a relaxing rest day.

Cruising down the river in Ninh Binh.

If you’re looking for a day off from climbing, try checking out Hanoi City. There’s tons of gorgeous ancient architecture to explore, and if you’re in the city, be sure to check out the amazing culinary scene.

If you happen to be at the other end of Vietnam in the North, the other busiest city will be the capital Ho Chi Minh city. You can expect equally incredible atmosphere, night markets, street food and plenty of hotels in district 10 and around.

If you want to do some rock climbing in Vietnam, check out the video below or this video here

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The Food Trails and Culinary Options of Vietnam

Vietnamese Beef or Chicken Pho (Phở)

Enjoy some beef or chicken pho in a number of restaurants in the city. Pho is a Vietnamese soup made from light clear beef broth with rice noodles and thinly cut beef or chicken slices.

Treat yourself to some traditional Vietnamese food after a bouldering session at one of the indoor gyms!

Vietnamese Baquette Bánh Mì

If you’re looking for a quicker meal on-the-go, grab a yummy baguette sandwich by the streets.

Vietnamese Hipster Cafes

Check out one of these super nice hipster cafes we visited called Hidden Gem. It was absolutely beautiful and completely made out of recycled materials. Its really nice to see how a bustling town in Hanoi with so much takeaway boxes and plastic, and there is a cafe that is willing to

Best Authetic Egg Coffee in Vietnam

Egg coffee.

Before leaving Hanoi, be sure to try egg coffee, a local Hanoi specialty since the world war when the French conquered the country. Egg coffee is a creamy drink that taste like tiramisu in a little cup. Its made of meringue-like egg white foam whipped into a thick shot of rich Vietnamese coffee. If yo are not a coffee drinker, you can opt for Egg Chocolate which is equally delicious. Just thinking of it now makes me miss Hanoi so much. I would love to go back and visit once the worldwide pandemic gets more under control.

Cafe Giang claims to have invented the recipe, but you can get your egg coffee fix all over the city. Though you may be coming to Vietnam to rock climb, you can’t miss out on their spectacular local culinary scene!

Egg coffee best tiramisu in a cup drink in the world only in hanoi vietnam

Are you ready to plan your Vietnam trip?

Lydia Yang

Lydia Yang

Lydia Yang is a Singaporean city girl who decided to ditch her high heels for hiking boots and become a full-time traveller and digital nomad. She has been to almost 60 countries to date! She has a knack for adventure travel, especially rock climbing, and always hunts down the best climbing spots around the world. Check out her expert advice on the best outdoor crags to climb at or what workouts to improve your climbing performance.

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