The top hiking trails in Vietnam

Vietnam for hikers offer a diversity of landscapes and a range of opportunities making it an ideal hiking destination. Tourists coming to Vietnam are often mesmerized by the wildly beautiful nature of the country, from the yellow terraces in harvesting season of the North stretching to central highland or the fascinating bustles of the Mekong Delta in the South. The most popular trekking, hiking types in Vietnam are jungle trekking, mountain hiking, countryside hitch-hiking, walking, and rambling adventures.

>> Climbing Fansipan mountain


The best weather for trekking is in the months from October to March (dry season).

However, be aware that the weather can change rapidly in these months anywhere (hot, rain, sometimes the snow in the mountains).

But be careful, some trekking routes and roads in northern Vietnam are not well marked. In this case, you’d better to hire a local guide and go in a group. This local travel guide can show you some other interesting places that you will not find on the map and give more information about the area.
Sapa hard trekking via Vietnam Trekking tours

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Being a frontier town of Lao Cai Province in the Northwest region of the country, Sapa is considered the best trekking spot in Vietnam. At the height of 3143 meters, Mt. Fansipan of Lao Cai is the highest peak in Vietnam and the entire Indochina peninsula. Beside the mountainous terrain, Sapa is also place where several ethnic minorities like Hmong, Dao (Yao), Giay, Pho Lu, and Tay reside.

Mai Chau

135 km far from Hanoi, Mai Chau is a district of Hoa Binh province, in the northwest region of Vietnam. As seen from high above, the superb vista of Mai Chau is surrounded by a green valley and stilt houses of ethnic minority group. The two tribes, White Thai and black Thai, settle in this area and make up the largest ethnic population of the region.

Ba Be Lake and National Park

Vietnam’s largest natural lake and now the centerpiece of a vast National Park, Ba Be lies in the middle of a huge limestone mountain range of Bac Kan Province. Ba Be Lakes area has a lot to offer, including waterfalls, rivers, valleys, lakes, and caves which all set a picturesque landscape. The whole area is intensely forested and home of many ethnic minorities. Tropical and semi-tropical evergreen monsoon forests cover most of the national park.

Lang Biang 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 Biang, you can see the Silver and Golden Streams and Dalat City.

Lang Biang Trekking via Asia Tourism News

Cuc Phuong National Park

Established in 1962, Cuc Phuong is the oldest national park of Vietnam, with the area of 25,000 hectares and 140 km far from South of Hanoi. The botanical richness of the forest is remarkable as it is the home of a large number of flora species and patches of primeval forest, embracing ancient trees with thick clusters of roots, and parasitic plants and ligneous creepers.

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