The Ideal Destination For Camping in Vietnam

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Camping is an outdoor recreation activity in which participants are called campers who want to stay away from civilization and enjoy nature while spending one or two nights at a campsite.

If you are a big fan of camping, There is no reason to miss the camping experience in Vietnam. Vietnam is a destination with many ideal areas for camping, from the forest to the sea. Such as Cuc Phuong National Park, Ba Be National Park and Bach Ma National Park. Besides, when hiking or trekking in the jungle or through hill tribe villages in mountainous areas, it is highly likely that you have recourse to camping to experience adventurous nights in these natural beauties. Hiking trips to Fansipan Peak, which is dubbed “the Roof of Indochina”, also promise once in the life time camping experience.

Yet, the universal question is where should camping be most ideal in Vietnam? Or What I should prepare for a camping in Vietnam? Below are some of our suggestions about the ideal destination for camping.

If you book a hiking tour accompanied with camping with your travel agents, they are certain to let you know in advance the camping places and generally tents and camping equipments are provided by local travel agents or tour operators. What you should not forget to prepare are foods, water, first aid kit and suitable clothes. To be more careful, it is advisable to bring a reflector, a whistle, high-energy food, raincoats, hats, mittens and extra socks. If you are independent traveler, you should prepare all necessary things for a camping as in Vietnam, you would find it hard to buy camping equipments and other essential things.

In The Northern

Due to the geographical features, most of the sites that are suitable for camping can be found in mountainous and highland areas.

1. Son Tinh Camp, Dong Mo, Hanoi

Dong Mo is the name of a lake which is about 40 kilometers away from the center of Hanoi and Son Tinh is the name of a campsite located right beside the lake. This site is very suitable for picnic, camping and boating on weekends. There is also a resort with views on the large Dong Mo lake and artificial islands, spreading out on an area of 200 hectares near Ba Vi Mountain. Son Tinh campsite is totally dedicated for an outdoor picnic and camping space. The tents are pre-pitched so you don’t need to bring one. Bathrooms are available together with other necessary facilities and services.

2. Ham Lon mountain, Hanoi

Mount Ham Lon is belonged to Doc Ton range at Soc Son district, Hanoi. The mountain is about 40km away from city center and can be reached by the same way to Noi Bai. The peak of Ham Lon Mountain is only heighted at 462 meter above sea level so it’s perfect for a small weekend trek to the top. You can camp either on the top of the mountain or the official Suoi Bau lake’s campsite below.

3. Ba Vi National Park

Ba Vi national park is already famous among local and foreign travelers. Every weekend during summer and early autumn, hundreds of youngsters on their motorbikes flock here to enjoy the cool and clean air and the great scenery of the nature. The large pine forest is allowed for camping and you can set up your own tent here or rent it for 150,000VND to 200,000VND for a 4 people tent. They also can prepare the campfire for you with price up to 1mil – 1,5mil per night and there are many more services. It’s best to go by motorbike; you can park your bike here overnight for only 3,000VND per night.

4. Dong Cao, Bac Giang

This is not really an official camping site yet very famous among local tourists and nobody will question you for camping here. Being a 600 meter hill situated in Ga (Gà) hamlet, Thach Son (Thạch Sơn) ward, Son Dong (Sơn Đồng) district, Bac Giang (Bắc Giang) province, Dong Cao is about 160km far away from the capital Hanoi. This place is enjoyed by its isolated location to the resident areas, greatest view of dawn and peaceful atmosphere. According to experienced travelers, the best time for camping at Dong Cao is from September to November when there is not much rain in the northeast Vietnam; hence, the weather is very supportive for watching dawn.

In the Central

Central Vietnam has quite a collection of beaches and islands therefore there are many beach campsites and tourist complex. Even the beach resorts offers tent renting or lend you the shore.

1. Trung Luong Camping Site – Phu Cat

Trung Luong (Trung Lương) Camping site is an attractive and new destination for those beach lovers. Located in Trung Luong village, Cat Tien (Cát Tiên) Commune, Phu Cat (Phù Cát) District, Trung Luong camping site is about 30 km far away from the city of Quy Nhon (Quy Nhơn). Here, the scenery is very primitive with white sand, blue sea, and rock reefs. After enjoying the scene and taking pictures, you can dive in the wave and relax or enjoy fresh seafood.

2. Coco beach camp, Binh Thuan

Far 180km from Ho Chi Minh City, Coco Beach Camp in Lagi City, Binh Thuan province, Coco Beach Camp is sleeping camping on the beach. The camping area will bring a lot of choices for you wit tents on the beaches include: double tent, single tent or tent for a family.

You can primitive scenery of Cam Binh beach, take wonderful photos, see sky and enjoy fresh seafood and wake up sound of birds.

3. Life’s A Beach, Quy Nhon

At fishing village on Bai Xep beach, Ghenh Rang district, Quy Nhon City, you can find Life’s A Beach camping site established by British young men. Leaf houses with simple and elegant style bring open space but still private and fresh for tourists to enjoy pristine nature. Especially, the place attracts a lot of foreign tourists and receives an excellent review for service and food.

 The camping site also organises activities like long way walking competition and diving and visiting for tourists. This is an ideal place to relax and wallow into daily life of friendly locals.

In the South

The south of Vietnam has everything from sea coasts, national parks, mountains to countryside along the Mekong. There are both official campsites with supportive services and wild camping spots.

1. Cat Tien National Park

Cat Tien national park spread on three provinces that are Dong Nai, Lam Dong and Binh Phuoc, about 160 kilometers away from the hustle Saigon. Nam Cat Tien is one of the best places to camp in the south for its green and cool forests. You can not only camp here but also have a trekking tour, bicycling tour to discover the wilderness of nature. Sites to check out are Ben Cu waterfall, botanical garden, crocodile pond, Mo Vet waterfall tour, animal watching tour.

2. Phu Quoc island, Kien Giang

As Phu Quoc Island is ideally legal for all travelers, it is a perfect site for camping for international tourists. There are a lot of places you could set a tent around the island, from the forests and mountains to beaches. For beach, Long beach (Bãi Dài), Star Beach (Bãi Sao), or Ong Lang beach are extremely suitable for camping with their stretched, long seashore and crystal blue water. In case you do not have any tent, you could rent it from almost resorts here.

3. Da Han (Đá Hàn) Waterfall – Dong Nai

Da Han waterfall, about 50 kilometers from Saigon, is a tourist complex of Dong Nai province that offers outdoor recreations, group activities and camping space with stunning natural scenery. The main feature of the complex is the three waterfalls which are Da Han, Chang and Nang. The legend tells that at these waterfalls there lied a couple who jumped down together because they couldn’t be together. Come to Da Han, alone or with group, you can easily rent a tent or a hut next to the stream with prices ranging from 50,000 to 70,000VND per day. There are also services for swimming, fishing, garden visiting, adventure games like off-road car race, mountain biking…. There is also a market you can buy fresh fruits and vegetables, souvenir stalls to buy gifts of the countryside.

With the most comfortable self-discovery criteria of nature and self-service, this destinations encourages guests to enjoy fresh air, quiet space, stunning nature in comparison with the natural picture of resort. Come to Vietnam and join the activities sticking with nature colorful.

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