For adrenaline junkies or nature lovers, Vietnam has plenty to offer. Start out with a visit to Ha long Bay for some sea kayaking among the karsts. Experienced climbers with their own gear might leave the water far below, as these limestone outcrops offer some excellent ascents, plus there is organized climbing around Cat Ba Island.
Further northeast in Bai Tu Long Bay, take to the water by local boat to see the 'new' Ha long Bay without the tourists. Boating, kayaking, even surfing, are possibilities here and there are some beautiful beaches on Quan Lan's east coast. Heading south to central Vietnam , Bach Ma National Park is well geared up for walkers and has a series flush trails to secluded waterfalls. Down on the coast below Bach Ma is China Beach.
Go under the waves at Nha Trang, dive capital of Vietnam, before heading up towards the hills of the central highlands. Wind up, or down, in Dalat, a base for abseiling, cycling or rock climbing. Don't forget two of Vietnam's best-known national parks: the birding hot spot of Cat Tien, with a population of rare Javan rhinos, and Yok Don, home to elephants, elephant s and more elephants.
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