The Top 5 iconic trekking trails in Vietnam (Part 1)
Trekking in Vietnam is a common activity for many daring travelers. Vietnam’s varied topography has many breathtaking trekking routes of varying difficulty, making them ideal for people with varying health problems and levels of experience. We’ve compiled a list of the top ten trekking trails worth visiting, as voted on by both locals and international visitors.
1. Ta Nang – Phan Dung (Lam Dong, Ninh Thuan, Binh Thuan)
By far the most stunning trekking path in Vietnam, and the ultimate target for all trekkers in Vietnam. In three days, the path passes through the forested areas of three provinces: Lam Dong, Ninh Thuan, and Binh Thuan. Starting in Ta Nang ward (Lam Dong province), you can trek nearly 60 kilometers in three days and two nights, encountering various types of topography such as lakes, hills, and forests. The highest point is 1100m. Throughout the ride, you will be astounded by the breathtaking and picturesque natural sights of green fields, pine trees, and hills shrouded in fog and clouds.
2. Fansipan (Sapa)
Fansipan, also known as the “Indochina roof” owing to its 3.143m height, has long been a destination for trekkers from Vietnam and neighboring countries. There are three different paths to the summit, each ideal for a different degree of physical capability and trekking experience. Tram Ton is the simplest path since it helps you to meet the mount and return on the same trail. This trek route takes about 2-3 days to complete a round trip. Another route that departs from Tram Ton but returns via Muong Hoa valley and Cat Cat stream is approximately 20 kilometers long. This route requires you to be stable and fit since it can take up to four days to complete.
3. En Cave (Quang Binh)
Son Doong, Tu Lan, and En Cave have grown in popularity among young trekkers in Vietnam in recent years, with En Cave, the world’s third-largest cave with its own diverse environment, being a popular trekking destination.
You must navigate the daunting topography of primitive forests while admiring breathtaking natural scenery while exploring the Phong Nha – Ke Bang national forest. The trail is about 8 kilometers long and passes through many streams and small ethnic villages. When you arrive at En cave, you will note 300-year-old fossils lying deep inside the cave.
4. Yen Tu (Quang Ninh)
Visitors are drawn to Yen Tu not only because of its height and magnificent scenery, but also because of the mysterious Buddhist tales that surround each temple and shrine inside the complex. So, if you like trekking and are interested in Buddhism, Yen Tu offers the best of all worlds and a one-of-a-kind experience. The overall time of the trek is approximately 12 hours, so if you want to complete the trek in one day, you must begin early.
5. Lang Biang (Da Lat)
LangBiang, another spectacular trekking path in Lam Dong province, is also known as the “roof of the Lam Vien Highland.” That gives you a good reason to visit this mountain when you’re in foggy Da Lat city. Many locals prefer Lang Biang as their first trek of the year, to begin the new year with vigor (thanks to the pleasant highland climate) and passion, as Da Lat is known as the “Land of Love.”