Trekking has always been one of the top things to do in Vietnam. Vietnam often charms visitors with its remarkable sceneries. Escape the hustle and bustle of a city, come here and take home a lesser known side of Vietnam in lasting memories.
If you think that only Northern Vietnam is your only trekking bet then think again. We are here to introduce to you three destinations from three part of the S-shaped country. Each offers a unique experience and a different view of Vietnam’s pristine beauty.
The frontier town, Sapa, is 380km from Hanoi.
Sapa is the capital of the same-named district, Lao Cai province. This tranquil mountain town was once a hill station of the French in 1922. It was originally planned to be a getaway for the French from Hanoi’s oppressive heat. However, after that, the French also bombed Sapa, leaving it in ruins.
It is also home to several ethnic minorities like Dao (Yao), Hmong, Tay, Xa Pho and Pho Lu. At the height of approximately 1500 meters, Sapa’s weather is ideal for traveling year-round. Fansipan mountain is the highest peak of the entire Indochina peninsula at the elevation of 3143 meters. Now, Sapa is still one of the most scenic destinations of Vietnam with sweeping mountain vistas and endless terraced rice fields.
Sapa’s ripen rice fields
It is certainly among the top spots for trekkers coming to Vietnam. In fact, some might even claim that it is definitely the best destination in Vietnam.
Central: Chua Mountain
Our Chua (meaning, literally, God) mountain range is located in Ninh Hai District, Ninh Thuan province.
Some may have heard of it, some may have not. If you have never heard of it before, then you are in luck because Chua Mountain is certainly among the most underestimated Vietnam destinations. It has a tall peak and three lower ones around it.
Trekkers enjoy walking through cogon grass fields at the foot of the mountain. Then, climb higher on steep and rocky roads. There are also some small streams along the way, running through rock crevices. You might even catch sights of some wandering goats, grazing or relaxing under the trees.
Nui Chua National Park
While some argue that the trek is fairly easy, it is at the top of the mountains that you will start to feel challenged by the weather. Some say it was like walking in a desert. Some feel trapped by the heat from the scorching sun above and hot sand under your feet. However, you will feel rewarded with cool breezes and an amazing view. Marvel at the beautiful coastline from above and if you can, take some photos of the place at sunset.
South: Cat Tien national park
Another spectacular option for our nature lovers! When you mention Cat Tien national park, most people may instantly think of a Wild gibbon trekking tour, as it is the most popular service here.
Cat Tien national park
People usually spend two days to explore the area with diverse flora and fauna, with its highlights being its impressive amount of bird species and a crocodile swamp!
You can start your wildlife experience early in the morning to watch the sunrise. Feel free to set down in a hammock if you have to wait. Then trek around to see wild animals roaming the territory. You might see some langurs, deer, rabbits, porcupines and definitely, a lot of birds. Hear their calls and catch sights of some drinking water by the streams. Wander around and feel free to let yourself enjoy the nature’s beauty and tranquil atmosphere to the fullest.
There is also this conifer tree that has lived for over 400 years. The park’s 300-year-old Bang Lang tree is also worth visiting. You can also go to the jungle at night to see animals or just relax as there might be a bit rain at night. It totally depends on you! Though the trek itself is not a challenge, it is still worth trying for its marvelous natural beauty and a chance to get closer to the wildlife.
Note: Trekking in Vietnam might be easy for some people. However, for newcomers to Vietnam, we suggest that you book a Vietnam trekking tour to skip all the hassles and free your mind from worries. Or even if you have been to Vietnam for a couple of times, a tour is still a safe bet to enjoy your trip to the fullest!