2023 is just around the corner! If you’re starting to plan your travels for next year, why not include some truly amazing experiences in Southeast Asia? Here is our selected list of the TOP 10 EXPERIENCES for 2023!
10- Join a local exercise class: If working out is part of your daily routine, then why not continue on holiday? Rather than hitting the gym there are plenty of free local exercise classes that happen throughout Asia, usually in local parks or public squares. Our favorite is the ‘laughing Tai Chi’ in Hanoi, which is, as the name implies, a Tai Chi class blended with laughing exercises to relieve stress and relax the mind. We invite you to join in this fun- and quirky- exercise class on our Hanoi Early Birds tour – one of the best things to do in Hanoi!
9- Explore Chiang Mai’s side streets:
Chiang Mai is steeped in history and filled with temples. But one of the best things to do in Chiang Mai, in our opinion, is driving through the small streets to see scenes of local life. These narrow laneways are called ‘sois’ in Thai language and feature a mix of residential buildings, small shops and street stalls. Depending on the time of day you visit, you may see kids on their way to school, neighbors sharing a bite to eat or other scenes of daily life. Want to experience it for yourself? Join our Insiders Chiang Mai day tour!
8- Explore Magnificent Hue: Often overshadowed by neighboring Hoi An, we LOVE Hue and think it should be a stop on every Vietnam itinerary. With fresh air, incredible food, rich history and loads of traditional culture, Hue is a dream destination! And best of all, it’s never super crowded with tourists. Vespa Adventures has several day tours in Hue, each showing you a surprisingly local and authentic side of the city. Whether your interest is food, traditional culture or history, Vespa Adventures Hue motorbike tours should be top of your list for 2023!
7-Saigon Street Vendors–
Selling everything from flowers to shoes, rice to live chickens, Saigon’s markets are unbeatable! There is no better place to experience local life than with a visit to a market and our Saigon Insiders’ Tour features some of the best. We’ll introduce you to local vendors, explain the items on display and give you deeper insight into the rhythms of daily life in Vietnam’s commercial capital. It’s a top tour in Saigon and one that is sure to be a highlight of your Vietnam holiday!
6- Sunrise at Angkor Wat- Watching the sunrise at Angkor Wat is on every traveler’s bucket list for good reason! It’s a magical experience and worth waking up early for. Vespa Adventures’ Our Angkor Sunrise Tour starts with a hotel pick up early in the morning while it’s still dark. We then take back roads and dirt paths to reach a quieter part of Angkor Wat to see the sunrise- away from the big bus loads of tourists. The Siem Reap Vespa tour continues with breakfast and more beautiful drives and stops at amazing temples!
5- Instagram-worthy photos: Looking for some great photo opportunities on your holiday? Look no further than Hoi An- this charming town in central Vietnam is full of Instagram-worthy pictures! There are so many great backdrops for your Vietnam holiday photos: streets lined with yellow and blue trading houses, the historic Hoi An covered bridge, the Hoi An waterfront, charming laneways and vibrant markets. Not to mention the best Hoi An food, such as cao lau and white rose, which are among the top dishes to eat in Vietnam. Vespa Adventures are the best Hoi An day tours to get these holiday photos. Our guides know the best spots and hidden gems for photo taking. The Rural Villages Experience will take you to great countryside locations while the Streets & Eats Hoi An Evening Tour includes lots of great photo opportunities.
4- Go see a new band:
Southeast Asia has a thriving music scene! Especially in big cities, it’s easy to catch a live music performance most nights of the week. From rock to jazz, hip hop to classical, there is something for every taste! The best evening tours in Asia, Vespa Adventures includes live music stops on many of our trips! Our guides take you to popular local live music venues on the tour, giving you a chance to hear great music and rub elbows with the locals. On your next Vietnam holiday or Thailand holiday, book one of these evening scooter tours for an unforgettable night out : Hanoi After Dark, Chiang Mai After Dark and Saigon After Dark
3- The Mekong Delta: Vietnam’s cities are hives of activities: 24 hours a day the buzz of motorbikes, vendors and people can be overwhelming! If you find yourself longing for nature and a slower pace of life, the Mekong Delta is the perfect remedy. Our one-day Glimpse of the Mekong Tour whisks you away from the busy streets of modern Saigon and on to quieter backroads where time seems to have stood still. You’ll see traditional cottage industries, sample locally-brewed rice wine, meet welcoming locals and more during this brilliant Mekong Delta day tour.
2-Find your new favorite beer! Although you can get your hands on a Heineken and a Budwiser in most towns, the beers and booze in Southeast Asia deserve more than just a passing glance. On our Saigon Craft Beer Tour you’ll get to sample the best local brews, taste delicious snacks and experience Vietnam’s vibrant, modern nightlife. This is the best evening tour in Saigon, for beer lovers and those who want to experience Vietnam nightlife.
1- Sample some exotic foods:
Anchovy sauce in a salad? Barbequed snails? Coffee with raw egg? There is no shortage of exotic food choices in southeast Asia but we think Siem Reap, Cambodia has the winner: roasted bugs! Join our Siem Reap After Dark tour to taste deep-fried crickets or bamboo worms or… whatever else is in season! This Siem Reap evening tour is a fabulous addition to any Cambodia holiday.
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