Top 10+ Best Places for Trekking in Vietnam

With its tropical climate and diverse terrain, Vietnam offers a great opportunity for trekking enthusiasts to explore its unique and stunning beauty throughout the year. Whether you love nature or adventure, trekking in Vietnam will give you a memorable experience of amazing landscapes, remarkable sceneries, spectacular terraces, and colorful hill tribes. Here are top 10+ best places for trekking in Vietnam that you should consider.

1. Sapa (Lao Cai)

Situated in the North of Vietnam and has a border with China, Sapa is well-known for with amazing mountainous scenery, beautiful paddy fields, and outstanding culture of some ethnic groups residing there. You can choose a half-day or full-day trekking depending on your health condition and budget of time. Some amazing trekking routes in Sapa can be named including Cat Cat village, Y Linh Ho village, Ta Phin village, Muong Hoa River Valley, etc. If you want to observe the locals’ daily life as well as interact with them to get more knowledge about their unique culture, a night at a homestay on a shared local house on stilts is a must.

2. Mai Chau (Hoa Binh)

Located in Hoa Binh Province (around 150km far from Hanoi), Mai Chau is a great place for easy trekking among beautiful green valleys with numerous dotted villages. Visiting Mai Chau, tourists will feel it as a different world with a tranquil atmosphere and fresh air while trekking through rural valleys. Some well-known destinations for your trip are Thac Bo Temple, Thung Khe Pass, Mo Luong Lake, White Rock Pass, Chieu Cave, etc. Besides trekking, you can also rent a bike to explore the surrounding areas to see rice fields, weaving scarves and taste local specialties while drinking “Can” wine and enjoying traditional music performance taken place every night.

3. Pu Luong Nature Reserve (Thanh Hoa)

Pu Luong natural reserve in Thanh Hoa Province – one of the biggest reserves of the country, has diverse biodiversity, especially various butterflies and animals that can bring you an unforgettable experience. Trekking in Pu Luong offers stunning terrace fields, breathtaking passes, and unique cultures of the Thai and Muong people.

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Pu Luong

4. Ha Giang

Also known as the “Final Frontier of Vietnam”, the Ha Giang trekking route in connection with Dong Van, the border town makes an ideal destination for adventurous travelers visiting Vietnam. The challenging trails crossing numerous passes and valleys offer great views of flowers’ fields, limestone mountains, and colorful hill tribe markets of ethnic minorities. The highlights to be experienced in this one of top 10 best places for trekking in Vietnam are Yen Minh, Meo Vac Valley, Ma Pi Leng Pass, and Hmong Palace which reflects Chinese, Hmong, and French characteristics

ha giang best places for trekking in vietnam

5. Cat Ba National Park (Cat Ba Islands)

Located on Cat Ba Island, Hai Phong City, Cat Ba National Park is ranked the global Biosphere Reserve that attracts tourists by the stunning beach and a countless number of attractions. Trekking inside the national park, tourists can experience various types of forests and stop at some viewpoints to enjoy the spectacular view of the surrounding areas.

6. Cao Bang

Situated in the northernmost region of Vietnam, Cao Bang is a frontier region boasting breathtaking landscapes with jagged mountains, winding roads, tranquil rice paddies, and sleeping primitive forests. Regarded as one of the most interesting hill tribe treks in Vietnam, some fantastic places should not be missed including Ban Gioc Waterfalls, Nguom Ngao Cave, Thang Hen Lake, Lenin Stream, Pac Bo Cave...

Ban Gioc Waterfalls Cao Bang Vietnam
Ban Gioc Waterfalls

7. Cuc Phuong National Park (Ninh Binh)

Cuc Phuong National Park is 120km far from Hanoi and is considered the best well-known site in Vietnam. Covering an area of nearly 22,000 hectares, Cuc Phuong is the shelter for lots of rare flora and fauna named on the Red Book of Vietnam offering a great opportunity for tourists to witness its diverse ecosystem. Trekking through the forest, you can also visit the Endangered Primate Rescue Center and experience other activities like bird watching, wildlife spotting, and night camping.

8. Ba Be National Park (Bac Kan)

Ba Be National Park lies on Vietnam’s largest natural lake formed more than 200 million years ago and is regarded as ASEAN Garden Heritage in 2004. The area seems a fairyland with dense rainforests, charming waterfalls, deep valleys, and limestone mountains. There are a lot of interesting trekking routes that you can choose to explore the area passing local ethnic villages, remote hills, waterfalls, or the famous cave of Hua Ma.

9. Nam Cat Tien National Park (Dong Nai)

Located around 160km northeast of Ho Chi Minh City, Nam Cat Tien National Park is a common house of the world’s most endangered species and rare flora and fauna. Regarded as one of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, the park is also among Vietnam’s top trekking destinations as well as the biodiversity there is ranked at a high level. Spending a few days trekking here will bring you the great opportunity to discover untouched-natured areas, paddle in the full-of-crocodile lake, visit a stunning remote waterfall or undoubtedly observe gibbons in their daily activities.

10. Lang Biang Mountain (Dalat)

Located about 12km north of Dalat center, Lang Biang Mountain is known as a famous trekking point with a spectacular natural landscape and rich biodiversity. The area is also home to some ethnic minorities so you can experience the unique culture during the trekking trails.

11. Binh Lieu (near Halong Bay)

Binh Lieu is known for its stunning mountain landscapes, lush forests, and vibrant terraced fields. The district is home to several ethnic minority groups, including the Tay, San Chay, Hoa and especially, the high-hat Dao people (Dao Thanh Phan) who maintain very well their unique customs and traditions. Binh Lieu was a hidden gem of the country until recently when the highway built connecting the area to other main cities of North Vietnam. This place, with its stunning natural beauty, rich cultural heritage is a perfect destination for nature lovers and cultural enthusiasts who are seeking to experience the authentic charm of Vietnam.

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Binh Lieu trekking

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