November 25, 2015 ICS Travel Group

Nicky’s “Vietnam Bucket List”

This is a guest post by Kanoungnit (Nicky) Thongpunparn, Sales Manager, Bangkok

I’ve always wanted to make a “Bucket List” on which I would write down all the places I want to go, the things I want to do, the foods I want to eat, and people I want to meet. And then – the best part – crossing off items on the list! I want something fun, and easy to document. So, I came up with the “Vietnam Bucket List!”

Vietnam is a wonderful country and I’ve been there many times, so I’ve already accomplished a few of these things during my previous trips.  But I still wanted to note them because I believe it is a good practice to be grateful for what we already have and not only think about what we want.

I will include all our ICS destinations, but I would like to start with Vietnam and then go to each country one by one. . . it’s fun, and I’m going to do every one within my lifetime!  The next time you go to Vietnam, maybe this list will inspire you to see a new spot, eat a new food, or meet a new friend.


 

Nicky’s “Vietnam Bucket List”

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Go down the Cu Chi Tunnels

Drink a cup of Vietnamese drip coffee

– Eat all the different kinds of PHO, from North to South!!!

– Have some Vietnamese Beer and Springrolls!

– Paddle a “Duck boat” on West Lake, Hanoi

Watch a Water Puppet show in Hanoi and talk with the puppet master

– Hike to the Son Doong cave, the world’s largest cave in Phong Nga

Take a sampan ride along Mekong Island

– Visit the Mai Chau district

Saigon Vespa tour - Ho Chi Minh City, VietnamRide a Vespa around Saigon

– View Saigon from the Sky Deck at Bitexco Financial Tower

– See the “field of gold” in Sapa (October-November)

– Boat ride to see Tam Coc, another Halong Bay on land!

– Take a motorbike tour around Dalat

Thien Vien Truc Lam Pagoda and the Cable Car ride in Dalat.

Overnight on a Halong Bay cruise

Halong Bay Halong Bay

– Pay respect to “Uncle Ho” at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi

Mountain Biking - Cat Ba Island, VietnamMountain bike on Cat Ba Island

– Go kayaking in Halong Bay

– Take a cooking class to learn Vietnamese cuisine

See Ninh Binh and boat ride through the paddy fields

Tubone River Sunset Cruise, Hoi An

Hill tribe market– Homestay with the hilltribe people in Sapa

Trek in Sapa-to see the green rice paddy terraces

Cyclo Ride around Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi

– Luong Phin Sunday Markets – a photographer’s dream!

Sapa, Vietnam– Trek to the summit of Fanxipan

Mini-roller coaster at Datanla Waterfall, Dalat

– See the Crazy House of Dalat, Gaudi of Vietnam!

Train from Hanoi to LaocaiTake a steam locomotive ride through Dalat’s spectacular landscape

Stroll along the Dalat Market day-and-night!

Visit silk weaving factory & see how it work with the gorgeous embroidery works in Dalat

Dalat Flower Park

Boat ride on the Tuyen Lam lake, Dalat

– Eat street food in Hanoi and Saigon

Red Sand Dune

Sleigh on the Sand Dune, Mui Ne

Make a wish at the Wish Board, Temple of Literature Hanoi

– See the Full Moon Festival in Hoi An, when the whole town switches off its lights and only colourful Chinese lanterns light up the city.

Explore the secret places in the Imperial Citadel, Hue and Tombs of the Emperors, Hue 

Imperial Citadel - Hue, Vietnam Imperial Citadel, Hue

Do you have any suggestions I should add to my list?