Abundant food options, rich culture, and a history spanning several years strike their mind as soon as one hears of Vietnam.
The country has much more to offer, like a unique hiking experience.
From stunning mountain ranges to deep valleys and terraced rice paddies, Vietnam provides distinct hiking options alongside some of the most scenic views to travellers.
In fact, you may come across beautiful hiking trails in nature reserves, national parks, and even along the coast.
No matter if you’re a pro or a novice hiker, or whether you prefer short treks or multi-day treks, you’ll find a trail that best suits you. That said, Vietnam has something to offer to everyone hence, it is the best bet for you.
So, embark on one of the most amazing hiking experiences of your life in Vietnam.
Below you’ll find the three best hiking trails that you should not miss out on when you visit the country.
Head to remote north-western Vietnam near the Chinese border and in the Hoang Lian Son mountain range, you’ll find Sapa, one of the premier hiking destinations in Vietnam. The region boasts of the highest mountains on the Indo-Chinese peninsula, including Fan-Si Pan, Vietnam’s highest peak.
Sapa is home to a dense network of hiking trails, each of which can be linked together. This gives you a chance to create your own hiking trail keeping in mind your preferences and skills. Isn’t that great?
Besides, if you want to experience the local culture, we suggest you hike through the remote villages. You’ll discover ethnic minority groups of the region still living traditionally in today’s modern world. Hiking through the villages will also give you an opportunity to witness the breathtaking mountain ranges.
While a one-day trek would be sufficient in Sapa (if you have a packed schedule), we’d suggest you opt for a multi-day trek (lasting 2-3 days) if you have ample time.
Most importantly, hiking on most trails in Sapa can be self-guided except for Fansipan Peak. It is pretty challenging and requires an experienced local guide who is aware of the possible route and climatic conditions.
2. Ba Be National Park
Situated in the north-eastern region of Vietnam, the Ba Be National Park is known for its magnificent landscape as well as several ethnic minorities living there. This national park was established in 1992 and is also referred to as Ba Be lakes.
Just like Sapa, Ba Be Lakes offer several hiking trails alongside an opportunity to witness the gorgeous scenery including dense rainforests, beautiful waterfalls, and towering mountains.
Besides trekking and getting in touch with the local villagers, Ba Be lakes offer other adventure activities to its travellers, like cycling, kayaking, and boat trips on Ba Be lake.
From easy one-day treks to vigorous multi-day treks that the national park offers, you can choose the one that best suits your preference. However, we suggest all adventure enthusiasts opt for a multi-day trek to fully explore this amazing region.
3. Cao Bang
Rugged mountains, cascading waterfalls, untouched jungles, and minority villages, there’s nothing that the north-eastern region of Vietnam, Cao Bang doesn’t offer.
It is one of the best trekking destinations in Vietnam. And, one of the best treks here leads to the beautiful Ban Gioc waterfall, located on the border with China. Although this is a pretty simple and short hike, it is recommended for one and all!
However, there’s this option of a multi-day trek to explore the breathtaking mountain ranges, get close to the ethnic minorities of the Phia Phap village, indulge in adventure activities like canoeing, and even discover the Nguom Ngao cave.
Now that you’re aware of the three most exciting hikes in Vietnam, slide into your hiking boots, pack your tactical gear, grab your backpack, and hit the trail.
We hope you have the most memorable trekking experience ever. Happy hiking!