Top 10 Trails For The Best Trekking in Vietnam

Nga Do
Vietnam has become famous for its beautiful scenery, welcoming people, fine food and fascinating culture, but is less well known as a destination for walkers and trekkers. There’s more to Vietnam than mouthwatering food and rich history and tradition. Perhaps less known is that you can also go for some pretty awesome hikes in Vietnam. Trekking in Vietnam spans the entire hiking spectrum, from easy walks through historic villages and on scenic beaches to serious, long-distance jungle treks.
The country’s landscapes offer trekkers a unique experience. This is where you can hike through highland valleys, along terraced rice paddies and underneath towering limestone mountain ranges. No matter your hiking experience or physical fitness, you’ll find a hike in Vietnam for you. If you’re after remarkable mountain scenery, northern Vietnam is your best bet. Elsewhere in the country, you’ll find trails in nature reserves and national parks, as well as along the coast.

1. Sapa -  mist town

Undoubtedly Vietnam’s premier trekking destination, Sapa is home to a dense network of trails. There’s no individual trail that stands out from the rest, though. It’s the possibility to link trails together and create the perfect trek for your skill level that makes this region so popular. On top of that, Sapa boasts some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in all of Vietnam, a landscape consisting of terraced rice paddies and wonderful mountain villages. At the height of 3143 meters, Mt. Fansipan of Lao Cai is the highest peak in Vietnam and the entire Indochina peninsula. Beside the mountainous terrain, Sapa is also place where several ethnic minorities like Hmong, Dao (Yao), Giay, Pho Lu, and Tay reside.

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2. Ha Giang Stone Plateau

Hagiang is a mountainous province northeast of Vietnam. Hagiang has many scenic, cultural, historical attract more international tourists to visit and experience. When trekking Ha Giang, you will discover spectacular caves, golden temples in mountains, fertile forest trekking trails, thundering waterfalls, luxuriant valleys which are filled of so many plants and flowers, and many colorful birds. Discovering and exploring isolated and daring trekking trails in Ha Giang can be totally full of fun but may seem a little difficult, since some of the paths are slanting and there would be times that you need to walk up by the hill. And since this place in Ha Giang has many types of greeneries, you will likely find long stretched vegetation and trees which you will not generally find in other places. So if you are planning to experience the best trekking northern Vietnam, particularly in Ha Giang make sure to wear strong durable shoes to keep your feet safe and less tiring.

3. Pu Luong

For quiet rural scenery, you’re encouraged to visit Pu Luong Nature Reserve. Comprising two parallel mountain ranges and the valley in between, this is where you’ll find picturesque rice terraces, limestone hills and biodiverse forests. As is the case in many regions in Vietnam, this one is also best explored on an overnight trek.

4. Mai Chau Valley

In the northwest of Vietnam, more than 130 kilometres from the busy city life of Hanoi, Mai Chau offers peace and quiet. Although the town of Mai Chau doesn’t have much to offer by itself, it’s the surrounding landscape of rice fields and tiny villages that make this one of the best destinations for casual trekking in Vietnam. Facilities are excellent and the region’s network of trails is dense.

5. Ba Be Lake and National Park

Vietnam’s largest natural lake and now the centerpiece of a vast National Park, Ba Be lies in the middle of a huge limestone mountain range of Bac Kan Province. Ba Be Lakes area has a lot to offer, including waterfalls, rivers, valleys, lakes, and caves which all set a picturesque landscape. The whole area is intensely forested and home of many ethnic minorities. Tropical and semi-tropical evergreen monsoon forests cover most of the national park.

6. Cao Bang

One of Vietnam’s greatest trekking destinations, Cao Bang is a northern province characterised by mountain scenery. With its landscape of karst mountains, deep gorges, rice terraces, glorious waterfalls and meandering rivers, the views are pretty fantastic anywhere in the region. One of the best hikes in Cao Bang is the one to the Ban Gioc waterfall, on the border with China. This is by no means a long or difficult hike, though. It’s simply incredibly scenic.

7. Cuc Phuong National Park

Vietnam’s oldest and largest national park, established in 1962, Cuc Phuong National Park is one of the country’s most important conservation areas. Biodiversity is extraordinary in this park of primaeval forests and karst mountains. It makes for a great day trip from Hanoi, its variety of hiking trails catering to all skill levels. Recommended hikes to do are up to the ridge of the karst mountains for amazing views down of the valleys. There’s a number of day hikes available in the park, whether self-guided or with a local guide.

8. Cat Ba National Park

One of the most epic (long) day trekkes in Vietnam is found in Cat Ba, an island near Ha Long Bay, In Cat Ba National Park, there’s an 18-kilometer hiking trail up a mountain. It’s recommended, although not mandatory, to do this six-hour trek with a guide. The rewards for this strenuous climb are the chance to spot wildlife such as macaques, civets and deer, and enjoy beautiful views.

9. Cat Tien National Park

Cat Tien is the national park situated in three provinces Dong Nai, Lam Dong, and Binh Thuan, in the South of Vietnam. The national park is truly well-reserved with impressive biodiversity including many ancient trees which may live for a thousand years. The system of waterfalls, rivers are also stunningly striking. Central Highlands Area The Central Highlands (Tay Nguyen) of Vietnam are a distinct contrast from the tropical south, with an arid climate and rolling hills. Much of the Central Highlands is a series of flat plateaus, mainly settled by various ethnic groups. Apart from Dalat, most of extraordinary sights and attractions are not mentioned much in travel books, probably because they are located too far from regular tourism routes. Some of the must-see destinations are Ngok Linh Mountain, Chu Mon Ray jungle, Dak To hot spring, etc.

10. Lang Biang Mountain

One of the tallest mountains in Dalat, Lang Bian Mountain is a pretty popular trekking destination in of Vietnam. The area offers a variety of adventure activities. Besides trekking, there’s also rock climbing and camping. A thriving local culture adds to the place’s attraction. From the summit of Lang Biang, you can see the Silver and Golden Streams and Dalat City.

The trekking trails in this region take you from village to village past extensive and beautifully terraced rice paddies and into the forested hills, meeting and chatting with local farmers along the way. You’ll take home lasting memories of a less known side of Vietnam beyond the usual tourist haunts.

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