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Trekking in Vietnam: 10 best places that inspire you

Posted By: Sao La Tours / Vietnam Travel Guides
Trekking in Vietnam is a great idea for your upcoming trip. Beautiful villages, mysterious caves, and majestic mountains are the highlights of Vietnam.

Adventure travel often excites people and makes them break their limits. That is why many travelers choose trekking activities in valleys, mountains, and caves instead of visiting a famous city. Do you want to find beautiful natural moments on your upcoming trip? Trekking is probably the best idea.

All you need to know about trekking in Vietnam

Why should you choose Vietnam to trek?

Vietnam is a famous destination in Asia for many foreign tourists. The most popular is the big cities that have appeared in many international newspapers such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Danang, and Nha Trang.

However, you may not know that Vietnam has many more interesting destinations. These are beautiful villages or valleys located in the high mountains in the North, challenging routes in Central, mysterious caves, and wild nature preserved in national parks.

If you are an adventure seeker, you should definitely not miss such remarkable places in Vietnam. Moreover, trekking in Vietnam has many other benefits.

  • First, this is a cheap travel option for many people because of the low cost of living. Restaurants, hotels, and taxis are usually not too expensive for foreign tourists.

  • Second, the cuisine in Vietnam certainly will not make you disappointed because it is so famous in the world for its great taste and variety.

  • Third, discovering the unique cultural features of ethnic minorities living in the mountainous regions of Vietnam will make your trip more interesting and unforgettable.

  • Finally, Vietnam is the best choice because you won't have to worry about war, terrorism, or protests here. In contrast, Vietnamese people are very friendly, kind, enthusiastic, and hospitable.

What to prepare for trekking in Vietnam?

To have an interesting trekking trip, you should equip yourself with a pair of specialized sports shoes for hiking. And if you don't want to suffocate or feel hot, you should pay attention to what you wear when trekking in Vietnam. They should be of a material that absorbs sweat well and is light and airy.

In case it rains, you should not forget to pack a raincoat and some waterproof clothes.

Bringing all the necessary items is the most important thing that you need to keep in mind when trekking in Vietnam. They must include

  • Food and Drink

  • Tents and sleeping bags

  • First aid bag

  • Maps and GPS navigation devices

  • Flashlight and backup charger

  • Insect spray and sunscreen

10 most beautiful places for Trekking in Vietnam

Villages in Sapa, Lao Cai

More than a town, Sapa is a beautiful and magical picture of nature with a unique blend of colors, including the blue of the sky and the blue of the mountains, hills, and valleys along with the yellow of the terraces. 

Sapa is a beautiful and magical picture of nature - Trekking in Vietnam

Sapa is a beautiful and magical picture of nature (Source: Collected)

Located in Lao Cai province, this place has many beautiful and famous roads such as Muong Hoa valley, Cat Cat village, Y Linh Ho village, Ham Rong mountain, O Quy Ho pass, Heaven's gate,... Especially, It is impossible not to mention Fansipan peak, known as the “roof” of Vietnam.

Level of difficulty: Easy

Distance: 7 to 20 kilometers

Duration: 1 to 2 days

Suitable time to trek: From March to May or from September to November are two favorable times to trek and enjoy the beautiful scenery in Sapa.

The fansipan peak in Sapa

With an altitude of 3,147 m, Fansipan is an attractive destination for trekking lovers. You will have many unexpected experiences on your journey to conquer it because you are forced to overcome many obstacles such as the jungle, large rocks, and long stairs.

Level of difficulty: Moderate

Distance: 11.6 kilometers

Duration: 1 to 2 days

Suitable time to trek: End of September to April next year

Ma Pi Leng Pass, Ha Giang

Ma Pi Leng's trekking route is considered challenging and difficult, but also worth conquering. 

When stopping at the top of the pass, you will have the opportunity to admire the majestic mountain scenery with one side is a steep cliff, the other side is a deep abyss surrounded by Nho Que river with jade green water.

Level of difficulty: Easy

Distance: 20 kilometers

Duration: 2 to 3 days

Suitable time to trek: From October to December

Mai Chau, Hoa Binh

If you are just starting to try trekking, you should choose a less difficult journey like Mai Chau. The walking route that many tourists choose is Hang Kia - Pa Co - Cun Pheo - Xam Khoe - Mai Chau town.

Mai Chau is the most beautiful from late September to early May - Trekking in Vietnam

Mai Chau is the most beautiful from late September to early May (Source: Collected)

Level of difficulty: Easy

Distance: 5 to 10 kilometers

Duration: 1 day

Suitable time to trek: From late September to early May

Cat Ba National Park, Hai Phong

You can find unspoiled forests, limestone mountains, many rare animals and plants, etc. inside Cat Ba National Park. This is a great place for you to enjoy the tranquility and be one with nature.

Level of difficulty: Easy

Distance: 11 kilometers

Duration: 1 to 2 days

Suitable time to trek: From September to October

Cuc Phuong National Park, Ninh Binh

In Cuc Phuong National Park, you not only have the opportunity to observe wild animals and plants but also be introduced to archaeological specimens dating back a long time in the park. And don't forget to visit the rescue - conservation - development center, museum, etc.

In Cuc Phuong National Park, you will be introduced to archaeological specimens dating - Trekking in Vietnam

In Cuc Phuong National Park, you will be introduced to archaeological specimens dating (Source: Collected)

Level of difficulty: Easy

Distance: 3 kilometers

Duration: 5 to 8 hours

Suitable time to trek: From December to April

Ba Be National Park, Bac Kan

Ba Be National Park is famous for its unique beauty of tropical forests, limestone mountains, lakes, and many interesting trekking paths. Here, visitors can also discover and learn about rare wild animals, especially fish.

Level of difficulty: Easy

Distance: 15 to 18 kilometers

Duration: 2 to 3 days

Suitable time to trek: From April to October

Cat Tien National Park, Dong Nai

With an area of more than 71,000 hectares, Cat Tien is a suitable site for trekking if you are looking for exciting and wild experiences.

The park preserves about 1,362 species of plants and 62 species of animals. In particular, there are a number of animals that are classified as rare in the Red Book such as the Siamese Fireback, white-collared crane, etc.

Level of difficulty: Easy

Distance: 8.5 kilometers

Duration: 1 day

Suitable time to trek: From December to May next year

Lang Biang Mountain, Da Lat

Named love mountain, Lang Biang attracts visitors because of its historical story as well as its romantic views and wonderful nature. You can try camping overnight in the mountain with your partner.

Lang Biang attracts visitors because of its historical story - Trekking in Vietnam

Lang Biang attracts visitors because of its historical story (Source: Collected)

Level of difficulty: Moderate

Distance: 9.5 kilometers

Duration: 1 to 2 days

Suitable time to trek: From September to November

Ta Nang - Phan Dung route, Lam Dong

Ta Nang Phan Dung trekking route is very challenging for travelers who love adventure and explore nature, waterfalls, and wild mountains. However, it is considered the most difficult trekking trip, so it requires trekkers to ensure good health and endurance.

Level of difficulty: Difficult

Distance: 55 kilometers

Duration: 3 days

Suitable time to trek: From September to February next year

Trekking in Vietnam will be much more enjoyable and easier if you have knowledgeable tour guides with you. With a team of experienced local tour guides, Sao La Tours will provide you with an impressive trekking tour.

If you have any questions, please contact us at Sao La Tours.

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