5 places for trekking in Vietnam
Vacationing in Vietnam offers so many different activities you can do with your time there. As a country with a rich and vibrant culture, you could take the time to visit on of their many festivals and celebrations. Maybe you would rather relax and unwind your down time, and with many idyllic beaches and sun kissed locations, Vietnam can be the perfect destination for and little R&R. For those of a more active disposition, there are plenty of stunning landscapes that you can hike and trek amongst whilst taking in the breath-taking sights.
Vietnam has a diverse landscape, featuring tropical lowlands, sprawling hills and packed forests engulfing the highlands of the country. This means there are several ideal locations to put on your boots and start trekking. Here are the top five locations for trekking in Vietnam – and remember to always be safe!
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Situated in the country’s Northeast region, it is home to some truly wonderful hillsides and valleys all of which are teeming with diverse pant and wildlife. The Sapa village was originally built as a hillside station by the French in 1922. Now it offers one of the most phenomenal views in all of Vietnam, with the plunging valley’s that are decorated with rice paddies, the views of this area are wroth trekking for alone.
One such trek begins in the town of Sapa, in which you traverse down into the Muong Hoa Valley, with views of the surround mountainous areas including the Hoang Lien Son range. Continuing through the area you can meet the local indigenous people, see how they interact with the gorgeous land that surrounds them and simply take in all of the sights. This is just one example of the many treks of offer at this popular destination.
A small town not too far from Hanoi, this area is perfectly quaint, and features some awe inspiring landscapes that you will want to explore in no time. A very rural area, there is nothing to disturb trekkers here. Wander through the endless green valleys, and hear the soft sounds of rivers and the paddy fields.This is not the most challenging locations to trek in, but it can be definitely described as one of the most peaceful. So if you fancy a quiet place to freely wander and take in the sights of the surrounding area, Mai Chau is perfect.
Cat Ba National Park
As a national park, there is a fair amount of scenic beauty for any would be trekkers to take in here. It is found on Cat Ba Island, Vietnam’s largest island, and features amazing jungle habitats along with beaches from the coast.There are several hikes and treks to be had in this location, with a challenging 18km trek to one of the mountain summits a particularly noteworthy option. Failing that, trekking through a diverse ecosystem of lush rainforest plant life with a great range of mammals and birds is always a great way to spend your time.
Ba Be Lake
If looking for somewhere to trek, why not take in the sights of Vietnam’s largest lake. It is situated in the Bac Kan Province, in the Northeast region of Vietnam. It is also the main focal point of the Ba Be national park so the entire area is just begging to be explored.Whether you want to navigate through the bustling forests, or take in some of the breath-taking waterfalls and caves dotted through the location, its perfect for any type of trek.
Lang Bian Mountain
This is definitely one for the more experienced trekkers, yet those who fancy a challenge are more than welcome to make the ascent. There are actually five peaks in this region all of which are accessible. A trek to the top takes around 3-4 hours from the starting point, and be prepared some truly mesmerising views upon reaching the summit.So there you have it, five of the best locations in all of Vietnam to get trekking in! All of these areas have a little something different to offer from one another. Got any plans for traveling to Vietnam in the near future? If so will you plan on making an excursion to one of these fine locations to get your hiking boots and start and adventure? If so you can be sure of one thing, you won’t regret it!
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