Vietnam offers amazing trekking and less strenuous walks. Travelers coming to Vietnam are usually mesmerized by the wild nature of the country, from the fascinating bustles of the Mekong Delta in the South to the yellow terraces in harvesting season of the North stretching to central highland. The most popular hiking types and trekking in Vietnam are mountain hiking, jungle trekking, countryside hitch-hiking, walking and rambling adventures. Here is the list of 12 attractive places for trekking in Vietnam area voted by both local and foreign tourists.
Sapa is a frontier town of Lao Cai Province in the Northwest region of Vietnam. It is considered the best place for trekking in Vietnam. Especially, Mountain Fansipan of Lao Cai is the highest peak in Vietnam and the entire Indochina peninsula. Beside the mountainous terrain, Sapa is also a place where several ethnic minorities like Giay, Hmong, Pho Lu, Dao (Yao) and Tay reside.
There is a wide range of trekking spots in Sapa from easy to hard level. You can choose the most suitable route according to your abilities and skills like Muong Hoa Valley, Ta Phin Village or Bac Waterfall. On the way, you will see H’Mong and Dao villages where you can feel the hospitality of local ethnic people. You will discover many interesting facts about their life as well as architecture and culture.
2. Cat Tien National Park
Situated in the South of Vietnam, Cat Tien National Park is truly well-deserved with impressive biodiversity including many ancient trees which may live for a thousand years. The system of waterfalls, rivers are also stunningly striking. The Central Highlands (Tay Nguyen) of Vietnam is a distinct contrast from the tropical south, with an arid climate and rolling hills. There is a series of flat plateaus in most of Central Highlands, mainly settled by various ethnic groups.
Cat Tien National Park
Except for Dalat, most of extraordinary attractions and sights are not mentioned much in travel books because they are located too far from regular tourism routes. Chu Mon Ray jungle, Ngoc Linh Mountain and Dak To hot spring are favorite places for those who love trekking in Vietnam.
3. Liang Biang Mountain – Lam Dong Province
Located in Lac Duong district, Langbiang Mountain is 12 km from Dalat in the North. With the height of 2,170 m above the sea level, Langbiang Mountain has not only been an amazing tourist attraction but also kept a legend about a passionate love.
Liang Biang Mountain
Nowadays, Langbiang tourist attraction has been famous with foreign tourists and lot of local because of its multiform biology of animals, plants, and its attractive amusements such as camping, climbing mountain, taking eco-tours and researching native culture. If you want to conquer the top mountain, you should go by walking. This is an ideal destination for trekking in Vietnam.
4. Ha Giang
Ha Giang is one of the perfect places for discovering nature and trekking in Vietnam. It is the home to many ethnic tribes. Trekking in Ha Giang province, you will have a chance to stay with local people, trekking through terrace field and villages. In the most isolated area, no touristic, really exploring. You will have an interesting experience on a quality holiday that you will never forget.
Ma Pi Leng Mountain in Ha Giang
5. Ba Den (The Black Virgin) Mountain
Ba Den Mountain is a part of Nui Ba Complex in Tay Ninh which has 3 mountains Nui Phung (Phoenix Mountain), Nui Heo (Pig Mountain) and Nui Ba Den (Black Virgin Mountain). Ba Den Mountain is the symbol of the people and the land of Tay Ninh. It is related to the myth about Ly Thi Thien Huong, the faithful woman who is considered as the Black Virgin.
From a distance, Ba Den looks like a broad-brimmed hat on a plain. This is a wonderful place for trekking in Vietnam. Tourists will have a chance to discover ancient pagodas, wild caves and many kinds of century-old tree. There are a large number of pagodas and temples such as Ha Temple, Trung Temple, Thuong Tempe, Cave Temple. There are also a lot of caves which were turned into small worshiping places by the monks such as Ong Ho Cave, Ba Tuan Cave, Thanh Long Cave and Ba Co Cave.
Ba Den Mountain
In the past, a visit to Ba Den Mountain can be really dangerous and take a lot of time. However, it has become easier today since cable car system and roads have been built recently.
6. Mai Chau – Hoa Binh province
Set in an idyllic valley, Mai Chau is the world away from hustle and bustle of Hanoi. Mai Chau attracts a large number of travelers because it is an ideal place for trekking in Vietnam. Mai Chau trekking is the best way to discover the distinctive culture and beautiful scenery. You will see the green mountain scenery, rice fields in the valley and stilt houses of the ethnic minority group. Mai Chau has about 50,000 inhabitants, including 7 ethnic minority groups – the Hmong, Muong, White Thai, Zao, Muong, Tay. Whites and Black Thai people are the largest ethnic population of the region.
The best choice for accommodation in Mai Chau is a village house because it’s very special. Local people put the houses on stilts which provide protection against dangerous animals and rising. You will also have a chance to watch local farmers and how they work in the rice fields in the morning.
The country’s landscapes provide hikers a unique experience. Vietnam is where you can hike along terraced rice paddies, through highland valleys and underneath towering limestone mountain ranges. No matter your physical fitness or hiking experience, trekking in Vietnam will be a memorable adventure.