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.
The country’s landscapes offer hikers an extraordinary 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.
Here are the ten best places for hiking in Vietnam.
1. Lang Bian Mountain
One of the tallest mountains in Dalat, Lang Bian Mountain is a pretty popular hiking destination in this corner of Vietnam. The area offers a variety of adventure activities. Besides hiking, there’s also rock climbing and camping. A thriving local culture adds to the place’s attraction. From the summit of Lang Bian, you can see the Silver and Golden Streams and Dalat City.
Undoubtedly Vietnam’s premier hiking 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 hike 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.
3. Ba Be National Park
Established in 1992, Ba Be National Park is also known as Ba Be Lakes. Featuring gorgeous scenery including deep valleys, dense rain-forests, waterfalls and soaring limestone mountains, the park is centered on Vietnam’s largest natural lake. There are many hiking trails in Ba Be National Park. The best way to experience and explore this stunning region is on a multi-day trek. These excursions lead past waterfalls and caves, karst outcrops and rice fields.
4. Cat Tien National Park
For wildlife watching and hiking, head to Cat Tien National Park in the south of Vietnam. Protecting ancient trees and an impressive number of wild animals, this is where, if you’re lucky, you can spot gibbons, some of the 79 reptile species and about 400 brightly colored species of butterfly. If you’re exceptionally lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of a tiger or elephant. Make sure to call in advance to make a reservation, though, as this park permits only a limited number of visitors.
5. Pu Luong Nature Reserve
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 bio-diverse forests. As is the case in many regions in Vietnam, this one is also best explored on an overnight trek.