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10 Best Places for Trekking in Vietnam

10 Best Places for Trekking in Vietnam

Vietnam is a land of contrasts, where ancient traditions coexist with modern lifestyles, where lush mountains meet golden beaches, and where vibrant cities contrast with serene villages. If you are looking for an adventure that will challenge your body and mind, Vietnam has plenty of options for you. In this article, we will explore 10 of the best places for trekking in Vietnam, where you can discover the natural beauty, cultural diversity, and historical richness of this fascinating country.

Bu Gia Map National Park – Binh Phuoc

If you are looking for an off-the-beaten-path destination for trekking and camping, Bu Gia Map National Park is a great choice. Located in Binh Phuoc province, about 200 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City, this national park covers an area of over 26,000 hectares and has a rich biodiversity. You can explore the pristine forest, admire the waterfalls, cross the streams, and enjoy the fresh air. Bu Gia Map National Park is also a historical site, as it was a battlefield during the Vietnam War. You can visit the war relics and learn about the history of the area.

landscape when jungle trekking in Vietnam's Bu Gia Map National Park
The landscape when jungle trekking in Vietnam’s Bu Gia Map National Park.

Bu Gia Map National Park offers various trekking routes, ranging from easy to moderate. The most popular route is about 12 kilometers long and takes two days and one night to complete. You will start from the park’s headquarters. Then, you hike through the forest, passing by bamboo bridges, rubber plantations, and ethnic villages. You will camp overnight at a scenic spot near a stream, where you can enjoy a bonfire, a vegan meal, and a beautiful night with full stars in the sky. The next day, you will continue your trek to the Dak Huyet waterfall, where you can swim and relax. You will then return to the headquarters and end your adventure.

Bu Gia Map National Park is one of the best places for trekking in Vietnam, as it offers a unique experience of nature and culture. You will need a local guide to accompany you, as the trails are not well-marked and the terrain can be challenging. Bu Gia Map National Park is a hidden gem that you should not miss.

Chua Chan Mountain – Dong Nai

Also known as Gia Lao Mountain, Chua Chan Mountain is a weekend destination for both beginners and experts in trekking.

the peak of Chua Chan Mountain trekking in Vietnam
The peak of Chua Chan Mountain in Vietnam. Source:

Chua Chan Mountain is located in Dong Nai province. You can choose to travel by motorbike or bus from Mien Dong Bus Station, Ho Chi Minh City. You can buy a bus ticket to Duc Linh, Binh Thuan province, and get off at Chua Chan Mountain’s Welcome Gate. From here, take a “xe ôm” to go 3km to the foot of the mountain.

This is an easy route because there are many ways to conquer the mountain peak, and most of them are relatively pleasant. To illustrate, taking the cable up to the temple, then conquering the mountain top with the remaining 2/3 of the way, or climbing the mountain following the utility poles,…

Normally, it will take you about 3-4 hours to conquer the top of the mountain and about 2-3 hours to go down the mountain. Because this is a popular route, many parts of the road to conquer Chua Chan Peak have become trails, relatively easy to follow. Hence, Chua Chan Mountain is one of the best places for trekking in Vietnam for beginners.

Ba Den Mountain – Tay Ninh

Besides Chua Chan Mountain, Ba Den Mountain is a popular name that many people choose as the destination for their first trekking trip.

a view of Ba Den Mountain from the cable car
A view of Ba Den Mountain from the cable car.

Located in Tay Ninh province, about 110 km from Ho Chi Minh City center. The area consists of 3 mountain ranges: Heo Mountain, Phung Mountain, and Ba Den Mountain. In particular, Ba Den Peak is the highest at 986m, which is the highest peak in Southeast Vietnam. There are many ways to conquer Ba Den Peak such as climbing Pagoda Road, climbing the utility pole road, or climbing towards Phung Mountain. Or, you can take the cable car which goes to the pagoda, then climb to the top yourself.

Lang Biang – Lam Dong

If you love the atmosphere of Da Lat City and like mountain trekking, LangBiang Peak is a perfect suggestion.

trekking Langbiang Dalat is an interesting activity for young people
Trekking Lang Biang, Dalat is an interesting activity for young people.

This is a 2,167m high mountain peak but you will start at an altitude of 1,489m. The distance you travel to the top of the mountain is about 4.5 – 5.3 km. The road is not long but relatively steep. During the rainy season, it is a bit slippery and wet. The time to conquer the mountain peak is about 2-3 hours depending on your speed. This is a route you can go back and forth during the day, which makes Lang Biang one of the best trekking places for beginners in Vietnam.

If you are a beginner, ensure safety by trekking with an experienced person and carefully prepared, or buy a Lang Biang tour!

Ta Nang – Phan Dung – Lam Dong and Binh Thuan

camping on a mountain peak in Ta Nang - Phan Dung trekking
Camping on a mountain peak when trekking Ta Nang – Phan Dung.

Ta Nang – Phan Dung trek attracts travelers because of its wild, majestic beauty and changing landscape with each season. From January to June, Ta Nang-Phan Dung is in the grass-burning season, the weather is hot and dry. From June to December, the trek is covered with green grass and trees, creating a fresh and poetic scene.

You will begin your journey at the edge of a pine forest, then cross the vast rice fields, experiencing the feeling of climbing through gentle hills, gradually increasing in altitude. In the beginning, you should maintain a slow, steady pace to let your body get used to the terrain and climate.

Tu Lan – Quang Binh

vietnam cave trekking and exploring Hang Tien cave in Tu Lan cave system, Quang Binh province
Vietnam cave trekking and exploring Hang Tien cave in Tu Lan cave system, Quang Binh province. Image source: Oxalis Adventure on Flickr.

Trekking tours to explore the Tu Lan cave system are quite diverse, from easy to difficult. Yet, they are surely the top options you can consider on your upcoming trip to Vietnam. This place is a magnificent cave system surrounded by limestone mountains and a wild, tropical jungle. Exploring, camping, swimming in the underground river inside the cave, and enjoying field-style cuisine,… are experiences that please every tourist.

You can trek alone, in a group of friends, or with family to conquer Tu Lan with a one-day or 5-6-day return tour (depending on difficulty). No matter which itinerary you choose, you will still have the opportunity to experience trekking through the forest, wading streams, and swimming in dark underground caves,… For families with young children, 2 days in Tu Lan allows the whole family to connect and enjoy the rich nature. The trip also teaches children confidence, stimulates creativity, and the ability to explore the world.

Hang En Cave – Quang Binh

camping in Hang En Cave after a long way of jungle and cave trekking
Camping in Hang En Cave after a long way of jungle and cave trekking. Image credit to Oxalis Adventure on Flickr.

Not only does Tu Lan have various difficulty levels, but Quang Binh also attracts trekkers with a series of attractive routes such as Hang En Cave, Cha Loi Cave, Duong Cam Waterfall,… Among them, the most famous is Hang En Cave for its extreme beauty. Surrounded by dense ancient forests, creating a wild and overwhelming natural landscape. 70% of tourists’ trek routes are walking under the canopy of primeval forests.

Many tourists commented that the highlight of the journey to conquer Hang En Cave was the experience of camping and sleeping overnight in the middle chamber of the cave. After a long walk, crossing rivers and slopes, you will reach the camping site. It’s where you can easily catch warm rays of sunlight from the cave entrance above, below is a wide sandy beach, and swim in a natural lake,… Hang En Cave is definitely one of the best places for trekking in Vietnam that you must experience.

Lao Than – Lao Cai

the amazing sea-of-cloud view on Lao Than peak
The amazing sea-of-cloud view on Lao Than Peak, one of the best places for trekking in Vietnam.

2,860 m above sea level, Lao Than is known as the “roof of Y Ty” – where the sun rises earliest and goes to bed latest in this land. To admire the beauty of sunrise with floating white clouds, you can climb the mountain in the afternoon and stay overnight on the mountain. The distance to the top is about 16 km long but not too complicated, mainly through grass hills. You need at least 6 hours of trekking.

The higher you go, the denser the clouds become, making the scene more magical. Depending on the shooting angle, you can easily create a photo as if you are floating in a sea of clouds. The cloud hunting season is usually from around October of this year to April of the following year.

Bach Moc Luong Tu – Lao Cai and Lai Chau

As the 4th highest mountain in Vietnam with an altitude of 3,046m, located in Lao Cai and Lai Chau provinces, Bach Moc Luong Tu, or Ky Quan San, always attracts exploration enthusiasts and nature lovers because of its diverse landscape. The trekking trip conquers Bach Moc Luong Tu with diverse terrain when passing through forests, streams, low grass hills, bamboo forests, and unique mountain ridges,…

Bach Moc Luong Tu mountain is challenging for trekking beginners
Bach Moc Luong Tu mountain is challenging for trekking beginners.

In particular, this place is also an extremely ideal place to hunt clouds and watch the sunrise. It can be said that “dawn in the clouds” has truly become the brand of this mountain when the sunrise at Bach Moc Luong Tu is like a fresco with a smooth blend of nature, which is the perfect combination of orange-yellow, chicken egg color, and sometimes red in the clear blue sky. When the sun rises high, the dim scene gradually brightens, and white clouds appear in the clear blue sky.

Occasionally, the dawn here sometimes has a blue color that covers all sides. The sea of turquoise clouds floats like the long strip of hair of a girl in her youth, wanting to hide the blue eyes of the red and pink sun in the early morning. That is one of the most beautiful moments in Bach Moc Luong Tu.

There was a time here when a sea of clouds appeared every day for a whole month. Not only that, the sea of clouds here is one of the most beautiful. This mountain is considered by professional trekkers to be a mountain worth conquering.

Ta Chi Nhu – Yen Bai

Ta Chi Nhu has become a name that is no longer strange to people who love to travel and explore. According to the Thai ethnic group, Ta Chi Nhu is also called Phu Song Sung. Besides that, the Mong ethnic group calls this mountain Chung Chua Nha. With an altitude of 2,979m, Ta Chi Nhu ranks 7th in the top 10 highest mountains in Vietnam. Therefore, it is known as the “Roof of Yen Bai” and is one of the ideal cloud-hunting locations, also known as “Cloud paradise on Earth”. Ta Chi Nhu is located deep in the mountains of Phu Luong massif (Pu Luong), Hoang Lien Son range, in Tram Tau district, Yen Bai province.

the sea-of-cloud view is a big reward for Ta Chi Nhu mountain trekking
The sea-of-cloud view is a big reward for Ta Chi Nhu mountain trekking. Source of image: Tho Ta on Flickr.

Ta Chi Nhu’s terrain is not too complicated and the distance is quite short, about 12km. Thus, Ta Chi Nhu always has a strong attraction for adventurers everywhere. However, Ta Chi Nhu’s terrain is mostly bare cliffs or low-rise bushes. In the summer, it is often hot and sunny, so you also need to be careful to ensure your health.

From a height of 2,979m, without any obstructions blocking your view, you can freely admire the beautiful infinity sea of clouds with white clouds leisurely moving in the distance, and hidden mountain peaks appearing in the distance. The scene becomes more and more hazy like a fairyland.

Or, you can dreamily lie down on the grassland to enjoy the feeling of the cool wind blowing in the grassland with purple wildflowers dim in the mist, and herds of horses leisurely grazing, the scenery of Ta Chi Nhu at this time is like a fairyland in the middle of the world. Certainly, Ta Chi Nhu is one of the best places for mountain trekking in Vietnam.

Easternmost – Khanh Hoa

A rare trekking route along the sea that sea lovers surely cannot miss.

a view of Mui Doi Khanh Hoa the easternmost point of Vietnam
A view of Mui Doi Khanh Hoa, the easternmost point of Vietnam. Image source:

The total trekking distance of this arc is about 8-10km, depending on your starting point. However, the terrain of quicksand and steep hills is very tiring, and the hot weather “makes the game even more difficult”. Near the beach, the sun is very sunny and the sand is hot. So if this is your first time going, prepare your belongings carefully to conquer this extreme point of the country. So what do you need to prepare for the Eastern Pole Trekking trip? Please refer to the items you need to prepare when participating in Extreme East trekking.

However, if you have successfully arrived, the nature of this place will not mistreat you. From the blue sea water, green trees, blue sky. This place will bring you wonderful experiences.

Why You Should Go Trekking in Vietnam

Trekking in Vietnam is more than just a physical activity. It is a way to immerse yourself in the culture, history, and nature of this diverse and dynamic country. Whether you explore the world’s largest cave in Quang Binh, climb the highest peak in Indochina in Lao Cai, or witness the sunrise at the easternmost point of Vietnam in Khanh Hoa, you will be rewarded with unforgettable experiences and memories. Trekking in Vietnam is not only good for your health, but also for your soul. So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags, lace up your boots, and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime.

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Khoi Nguyen builds The Broad Life with a desire to inspire people go exploring the world and live a more interesting, experience, and adventurous life. This blog shares the stories, pictures, and experiences at destinations where he has traveled to.


  • Richard Lowe

    I’ve never been to Vietnam. If I did go, I’d want to see some of the battle sites since I like military history.

    • Khoi Nguyen

      Yeah, those sites are one of the most attractive destinations in Vietnam, especially to the American. But make sure you don’t miss the trekking places too.

  • Kimberley

    Your post on the 10 best places for trekking in Vietnam is a fantastic guide for adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts. The detailed descriptions and stunning images of these trekking destinations provide a captivating preview of the natural beauty Vietnam has to offer. Thanks for sharing these recommendations – they are sure to inspire travelers looking to embark on memorable trekking experiences in Vietnam. Keep up the great work in promoting outdoor adventures and exploration!

  • Renata Feyen

    Embarking on a trek through Vietnam’s hidden gems seems like stepping into a storybook. I’ve never been there, but the allure is undeniable.

  • LisaLisa

    WHOA, now these are some beautiful places to trek trhough. Gosh, I would want to trek through each one espeically the Tu Lan cave, that cave looks sooo interesting and magical. This is what you call an outdoor adevnture indeed!!

    • Khoi Nguyen

      Yeah, Tu Lan cave is one of the best treks in Vietnam. I have a good choice.

  • April | Dreaming in French

    Great article! It’s a concise, helpful guide for exploring Vietnam’s trekking trails. Bach Moc Luong Tu and Tu Lan especially caught my eye. Can’t wait to hit these trails!


    Wow, trekking in Vietnam sounds like an incredible way to experience everything this beautiful country has to offer! I love that it’s not just a physical activity, but also a chance to dive deeper into the culture, history, and nature of Vietnam. The idea of exploring the world’s largest cave or witnessing the sunrise at the easternmost point of the country sounds absolutely breathtaking and definitely something worth adding to my bucket list. It’s amazing how trekking in Vietnam can not only improve your physical health but also nourish your soul. I’m convinced—I need to pack my bags and start planning my adventure to Vietnam!

  • Kelly

    What a great post! Vietnam looks beautiful! I love to hike and these look like great choices! Thank you for sharing!

  • Ferbena

    I have to say, it’s absolutely lovely!

    It’s clear you’ve put a lot of thought and care into crafting this piece.

    Looking forward to reading more from you in the future!


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