Hiking Vietnam is the primary activity for active adventure travelers since the country offers some of great places for both easy treks and challenging adventures.
Sapa can be considered as the capital of treks in northern Vietnam while Da Lat is its “brother” in Vietnam central highlands. Mai Chau and Pu Luong also offers good easy treks in combination with homestay. Cao Bang and Ha Giang provides some of the most challenging trekking tours to remote hill tribe villages, and less traveled mountainous areas…
Trekking in Vietnam used to be offered in combination with other activities such as caving, camping, jungle, white water rafting, homestay…
There’s no problem about striking out on your own for a day’s hiking. However, for anything more adventurous, particularly if you want to overnight in the villages, or to camp in the jungle, you’ll need to make arrangements in advance. This is easily done through Lotussia Travel. Note that it’s essential to take a guide if you are keen to get off the beaten track: many areas are still sensitive about the presence of foreigners.
When to go hiking in Vietnam?
The best time to do trekking in Vietnam is the dry season starting from mid-September until mid-May of the following year. During this time, the weather is dry, cool with little rain. Early October and early May used to have the best weather for trekking in North Vietnam.
Vietnam is a long country geographically. Thus Vietnam weather changes much from North to South. You may have the best time in the North while the South faces a bad weather. Besides, climate changes from year to year. You should ask your travel consultant for the best places for trekking based on your tour frame.
Where to take a hike in Vietnam?
There are many places for trekking in Vietnam. You can hike in the North, then go down to the Center or further South to Vietnam’s central highlands.
The northern Vietnam offers the widest selection of treks. You can hike in many national parks, or nature reserves including Cuc Phuong national park, Pu Luong nature reserve, Hoang Lien national park, Cat Ba national park, Ba Be national park… Multi-day treks are provided in mountainous provinces where you have hard treks with spending the night at local home – homestay. For top hard treks, you may like conquering the Mt Fansipan, the highest peak of Indochina.
Central Vietnam and southern Vietnam offers some easy and short treks including day hikes and overnight trekking tours. The most popular place is Da Lat, in Vietnam central highlands. In other places you have the choice of doing walk in national parks with possibility of camping in tent.
Vietnam hiking tours
The shortest trek is a half day tour that we can arranges in almost everywhere. These short walks take you through streets and local attractions in town.
The longest trek we have arrange is a 14 day tour that takes you to both popular and off-the-beaten path places in northern Vietnam. The trip goes to cities and remote hill tribe villages, offering the chance to see the real Vietnam.