Adventuring in Vietnam – Why it’s special!
Vietnam is truly an adventure traveller’s paradise, is undoubtedly the top travel destination in South-East Asia and also one of the top must travel places in the world. This culturally vibrant, technologically savvy and naturally blessed country is ideal for those looking to have a holistic travel experience that expands your horizons in terms of culture, sightseeing, exploration and of course unlimited adventure opportunities!
Nowadays, when you talk about adventure travel around the world, Vietnam is a name that certainly pops up everywhere. In terms of people having a once in a lifetime adventure, Vietnam’s reputation has been like a roller coaster that only goes up! More and more people around the world have started travelling to Vietnam for witnessing some incredible naturally occurring phenomena, world class jungle trekking opportunities, canyoning and exploring some of the world’s biggest and most magnificent underground caves. It’s mainly the flawless landscapes and the exhilarating terrain that make adventures tours in Vietnam special!
It is important to understand that challenge is the second name of adventure and you’re bound to face difficult situations and find yourself in a complete dilemma as to how you can get out of it. Such moments and situations will bring out the true adventurer in you and you need to be as resourceful as you can. Adventuring in Vietnam isn’t a cakewalk and requires the adventurer to have the skill and ability to improvise and turn things around to his/her advantage when things go wrong.
One of the golden rules of adventuring is to realize that one item doesn’t just serve one purpose!
2. Smart packing
When you decide to take on an adventure in Vietnam, spend some time packing your backpack properly and judiciously; it’s highly advised to make a packing list list to not miss out on anything essential and you should put items in order of their outdoor importance. It is really important to remain organized in order to have an enjoyable adventure experience. Be prepared and acknowledged of where you would travel to, what kinds of terrains you might face; a tropical jungle, a wet river cave or even climbing a mountain so you can arrange your packing list properly.
Adventuring in Vietnam, for example trekking in the remote jungles & caves of national parks is going to have your body exposed to factors like harsh sunlight (in summer), insects, potentially skin affecting plants, sharp limestone rocks and the like. It is recommended to wear full sleeve t shirts and trekking pants to protect against any of the above mentioned factors. Bright-colored & quick-dry t-shirts are highly recommended since it’ll be easier for you to stay in sight while in the wildlife, keep you cool on sunny days because of the humid weather conditions.
3. Navigational ability & facing the wildlife
While you’re adventuring in Vietnam, make sure you don’t get lost in the wilderness, leave some markers for you to identify if you happen to forget the path you took, understand how to discern which direction you’re facing and remember which direction you’re headed to! This also applies to motor-biking adventurers riding across the remote areas of Vietnam.
A country like Vietnam is so rich in terms of biodiversity; you’ll surely have a total blast while on an adventure here. The flora and fauna is truly breathtaking and adds to the charm of the entire wilderness of the country; you’ll find anything from snakes, leaches, monkeys, wild boars and maybe even a black bear if you’re adventuring deep in the jungles of Vietnam. Whenever you’re planning to venture deep into wild territories like these, make sure you do it with a tour company and not solo.
When face to face with a wild animal, don’t try to scare it away unless it threatens to attack. Make sure you control your excitement and refrain from getting closer to take a picture, especially with regards to snakes. The climatic conditions and tropical nature of Vietnam’s jungles are the reason for numerous venomous snakes.
On the other hand, if you join an adventure tour like Oxalis Adventure in Vietnam, the level of thrill you experience will be just the same or even more, but the highly trained staff will make sure you don’t get lost at any given point during your adventure in thick jungles and giant underground caves of Vietnam!
4. Mental strength & emergency situation preparations
Adventuring in Vietnam will surely be one of the most adrenaline pumping and unforgettable experiences of your life. If you’re a true adventurer, you know how crucial it is to have a stoic mental attitude and be tough! As the saying goes, “Tough times don’t last, but tough people do” you will need to always remember this while adventuring in Vietnam. There will be times when fatigue takes over and your mind starts making excuses about your body not being able to push any further, shun such thoughts and pull yourself together like a hardcore adventurer would!
You should also prepare for yourself some survival tricks to calmly handle the emergency situations. When you know you’re in an emergency situation and venturing further could land you in a much more dangerous predicament, stay calm and think the solutions or choose to stop and return. Adventuring in Vietnam is truly exciting, but equally dangerous if not done with utmost standards of safety.
When you know your abilities, you can push them to the limits; but if you are not sure about something during an adventure, don’t do it.
5. Proper Hydration
Given how unforgiving the humidity can be in a majorly tropical country like Vietnam, it’s always a good idea to remain properly hydrated while on an adventure! It is never advised to drink water from any water bodies in the jungles, like rivers, streams or small lakes. These bodies might contain certain kind of bacteria that your body isn’t even remotely accustomed to. Make sure so fill your water bottles with filtered water prior to the commencement of the adventure.
It is important not to ignore the signs of dehydration; including extreme fatigue, dried up skin, chapped lips, dry throat and bad headaches. You can also carry some electrolyte tablets with you to make sure you don’t lose hydration in crucial moments during your adventure in Vietnam.
6. Eat to keep going
You are surely aware of the fact that food is the fuel our body needs in order to function to the best of its ability. Make sure you carry food that is easy to prepare, light to carry and keeps you energized for longer durations during your adventure in Vietnam. Understand that your body requires carbs for energy, fruits for fibers and proteins for muscle recovery. Try carrying some food items like nuts, instant noodles, apples, jerky etc. and avoid trying strange food before going on an adventure to prevent food poisoning.
Assuming that you’re in a situation where you’ve run out of food and wish to explore the wilderness to look for food, make sure you don’t eat any plants that you’re in doubt of. If you can properly identify a plant to be an edible one, you can go ahead and gobble it up.
When you’re adventuring in Vietnam, you need to be very environmentally responsible and ensure zero disservice to the nature no matter what. If you’re venturing deep inside a jungle, make sure you take out nothing but memories and leave behind nothing but your footprints. If you decide to do an adventure tour with Oxalis Adventure to explore the giant caves in the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park of Vietnam, make sure you don’t tamper with the cave formations inside the cave.
If you’re carrying any plastic for whatever purpose, make sure you bring it out of the jungle and try your best to recycle it upon your return. You must also avoid using soaps, shampoos or toothpaste to wash in a river of the jungle, as these contain chemicals which are highly detrimental to the rivers etc.
Don’t ever start a fire unless that’s your last resort for survival. Vietnam is a country that takes environmental conservation and responsible tourism very seriously and adventure tour operators like Oxalis Adventure highly advise against any practice that can potentially cause harm to the nature.
8. Politeness towards locals
While you’re adventuring in Vietnam, you will see that the locals everywhere will go out of their way to help you and make your overall experience more cherishing. They might do things that you’re not used to back in your country, but we rest assured they’re doing it in your best interest. Don’t get offended and help them help you whenever you do require help.
Vietnamese people have a very welcoming and friendly culture. While adventuring in Vietnam, don’t miss a chance to experience their local traditions and remain respectful at all times.
9. Controlling alcohol intake
It is understandable that when you’re out with your friends adventuring in Vietnam, you’d surely be feeling merry every now and then and would want to sip on some beer or other alcoholic beverage. It is highly advised not to ever get drunk while adventuring in the jungles of Vietnam or even generally while adventuring.
Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to horrible accidents if you’re on an adventure.
10. Knowing when to inform people
When you’re out and about, having the adventure of a lifetime in Vietnam, make sure you inform your family or closed ones about your whereabouts well in advance. The reason behind this is the fact that in a lot of places there is absolutely no network coverage and you will not be able to make any phone calls whatsoever, unless you have a satellite phone.
When Oxalis Adventure takes adventurers deep inside the pristine jungle and majestic caves of the region, the staff always carries a satellite phone in order to take quick action during emergency situations.