Vietnam

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Vietnam

The long and narrow country of Vietnam lies on the eastern edge of Southeast Asia. Vietnam is a land of tropical river delta's, lowlands and hills, and has a coastline of over 3400 km long. Two inland areas of higher mountains stand out: the Northern Highlands and the Central Highlands further south.

Vietnam's northwestern Highlands are by far the most popular for multi-day hikes through lush jungle-covered hills and mountains, passing through valleys following local paths from one hill tribe village to the next. These treks are not usually very demanding, and focus strongly on meeting the different tribes, visiting markets and staying overnight with local families. Major starting point is the town of Sapa,in the far northwest, close to the railway station of Lao Cai near the Chinese border. If you are in for some serious hiking, you can do a multi-day trek from Sapa up Vietnam's highest mountain, Fansipan (3143 m). Closer to Hanoi is the hill town of Mai Chau, surrounded by beautiful limestone hills and starting point for multi-day hikes through Pu Luong Nature reserve. And there are other, more remote trekking possibilities further northeast, following local trails connecting minority villages, through bamboo forests and terraced ricefields. For example a 7-day trek starting from the hill town of Quang Binh across the mountains to the market town of Bac Ha.

In the southern half of Vietnam, in the interior along the border with Laos and Cambodia and parallel to the coast, are the Central Highlands or Tay Nguyen. They are a series of plateaus surrounded by the Annamite Mountains. The different plateaus range in height from 500 to 1500 m. Highest peak of the Annamites is Ngoc Linh (2598 m). Towns like Dalat, Buon Ma Thuot, Pleiku and Kontum are good places to start a hike and explore the surrounding countryside, minority villages, rubber and coffee plantations and some remaining original jungle.

Vietnam has a tropical and very humid climate, with heavy rainfall during the summer monsoon (May to October) in both the highland and lowland regions. Hiking is best done during the dry season, from November until April, when there is less rain, with clearer skies and better views to enjoy.

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Books

Stanfords
United Kingdom
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos & Northern Thailand | Lonely Planet
  • De perfecte reisgids voor zowel de georganiseerde als de zelfstandige reiziger. Naast een algemene inleiding van het land / streek vol met praktische informatie over hoe je er het beste kunt reizen: slapen, eten, vervoer, excursies ... alles kun je er in vinden. De reisgids beschrijft naast Vietnam, Cambodja en Laos ook nog het noorden van... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
2013
  • Lonely Planet 1000 Ultimate Adventures
  • Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher* Hankering to tackle a long-distance trek, or an icy mountain peak? 1000 Ultimate Adventures brings together activities and challenges to captivate and inspire gung-ho adventurers and armchair travellers alike. From the epic to the local, on land, sea or even in mid air, the offerings... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2013
  • Lonely Planet 1000 Ultimate Adventures
  • Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher* Hankering to tackle a long-distance trek, or an icy mountain peak? 1000 Ultimate Adventures brings together activities and challenges to captivate and inspire gung-ho adventurers and armchair travellers alike. From the epic to the local, on land, sea or even in mid air, the offerings... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • National Geographic - National Geographic reisgids Vietnam
  • National Geographic Reisgids Vietnam is een exclusieve gids met sublieme fotografie die u meeneemt naar de bekende en minder bekende bezienswaardigheden. De experts van National Geographic nemen een kijkje achter de schermen en dringen door tot de kern van de cultuur, de geschiedenis en het volk van het land. Bezoek met deze National Geographic... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • National Geographic - National Geographic reisgids Vietnam
  • National Geographic Reisgids Vietnam is een exclusieve gids met sublieme fotografie die u meeneemt naar de bekende en minder bekende bezienswaardigheden. De experts van National Geographic nemen een kijkje achter de schermen en dringen door tot de kern van de cultuur, de geschiedenis en het volk van het land. Bezoek met deze National Geographic... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids Noord Vietnam | Edicola
  • Vietnam, het land dat jarenlang werd gescheiden op de zeventiende breedtegraad. Waar het prachtige, avontuurlijke noorden nog maar haast is beïnvloed door de westerse wereld. De hoofdstad Hanoi wordt niet voor niets de laatste oorspronkelijke Aziatische stad genoemd. Noord-Vietnam kent adembenemende natuur en landschappen, van karst steenbergen... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2013
  • Reisgids Kunstreiseführer Vietnam, Kambodscha und Laos | Dumont
  • Man sieht nur, was man weiß - wer nach dieser Devise reist, braucht einen Reiseführer mit Tiefgang und mit profunden Informationen. Der Kunst-Reiseführer Vietnam, Kambodscha und Laos beinhaltet all das, was man als kulturinteressierter Reisender gerne lesen und wissen möchte - insbesondere eine Einführung in die vielfältigen Kulturen der Länder... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Insight Pocket Guides
  • Vietnam has a strong sense of identity, possessing a unique cultural heritage. With its stunning natural setting, sweeping views from high in the mountains and the impressive architecture in Hanoi, this country incites love at first sight. Be inspired to visit by the brand new Insight Pocket Guide Vietnam, a concise, full-color guide to this... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Insight Pocket Guides
  • Vietnam has a strong sense of identity, possessing a unique cultural heritage. With its stunning natural setting, sweeping views from high in the mountains and the impressive architecture in Hanoi, this country incites love at first sight. Be inspired to visit by the brand new Insight Pocket Guide Vietnam, a concise, full-color guide to this... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Footprint Vietnam Handbook
  • Lush green paddy fields, beautiful bays and crazy cities all await intrepid explorers to Vietnam. Footprint's ever-popular 6th edition Vietnam Handbook is the perfect travelling companion for anyone wanting to escape the crowds. From the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City to the serenity of Halong Bay and everything in between, Footprint's... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Footprint Vietnam Handbook
  • Lush green paddy fields, beautiful bays and crazy cities all await intrepid explorers to Vietnam. Footprint's ever-popular 6th edition Vietnam Handbook is the perfect travelling companion for anyone wanting to escape the crowds. From the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City to the serenity of Halong Bay and everything in between, Footprint's... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Killing for profit
  • Rhino horn is worth more than cocaine, heroin or even gold on the black markets of Southeast Asia and China. Now, Killing for Profit brings you the story of one man s journey into a violent underworld where ruthless criminal syndicates will stop at nothing to attain their prize a tale of greed and corruption and of an increasingly desperate... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Killing for profit
  • Rhino horn is worth more than cocaine, heroin or even gold on the black markets of Southeast Asia and China. Now, Killing for Profit brings you the story of one man s journey into a violent underworld where ruthless criminal syndicates will stop at nothing to attain their prize a tale of greed and corruption and of an increasingly desperate... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids Zuid Vietnam | Edicola
  • Het verwesterde Azië wordt in het zuiden van Vietnam steeds duidelijker zichtbaar. De imposante wolkenkrabbers in Ho Chi Minh City versieren de skyline. Maar het moderne en drukke hedendaagse, dat voortkomt uit de Amerikaanse bezetting, kan in de rest van het land goed omzeilt worden. Denk aan de zichtbare cultuur die eeuwen terug gaat of... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2006
  • Reisgids Vietnam - A natural History | Yale University
  • A country uncommonly rich in plants, animals, and natural habitats, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam shelters a significant portion of the world´s biological diversity, including rare and unique organisms and an unusual mixture of tropical and temperate species. This book is the first comprehensive account of Vietnam´s natural history in... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Vietnam Marco Polo Travel Guide - with pull out map
  • For advice you can trust, look no further than Marco Polo. The Vietnam Marco Polo Spiral Guide is a compact travel guide for people who have little time to prepare for a trip, don't want to miss anything, like to be inspired by great ideas for exciting days out and love all things ultra-practical and easy to use. Visit a temple, relax and enjoy... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Vietnam Marco Polo Travel Guide - with pull out map
  • For advice you can trust, look no further than Marco Polo. The Vietnam Marco Polo Spiral Guide is a compact travel guide for people who have little time to prepare for a trip, don't want to miss anything, like to be inspired by great ideas for exciting days out and love all things ultra-practical and easy to use. Visit a temple, relax and enjoy... Read more
» Click to close
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Angkor Wat Temples
  • Cambodia, a hidden pearl ready to be discovered, lies in Southeast Asia, bordering Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam. To the south, hundreds of miles of coastline greet the never-ending surge and swells of the South China Sea, providing a paradise of surf, sand, and sun for the country's two million visitors. The Kingdom of Cambodia (its official... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Angkor Wat Temples
  • Cambodia, a hidden pearl ready to be discovered, lies in Southeast Asia, bordering Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam. To the south, hundreds of miles of coastline greet the never-ending surge and swells of the South China Sea, providing a paradise of surf, sand, and sun for the country's two million visitors. The Kingdom of Cambodia (its official... Read more
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Vietnam Periplus Travel Map
  • The Vietnam Travel Map from Periplus is designed as a convenient, easy-to-use tool for travelers. Designed to fit easily into a purse or pocket and created using durable coated paper, this map is made to open and fold multiple times, whether it`s the entire map that you want to view or one panel at a time.Following highways and byways, this map... Read more
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Walking holidays

Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Vietnam - Zuid-Vietnam & Cambodja
  • Wil je een stukje Azië fietsend verkennen en houd je van vlakke wegen en een waterrijk landschap? Dan is deze avontuurlijke fietsvakantie door de legendarische Mekongdelta en Cambodja de perfecte reis. Fiets in Ho Chi Minhstad tussen fietstaxi's, fietsers en scooters. Verlaat de stad en fiets door de vlakke, dichtbevolkte streek waar duizenden... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Vietnam - Noord- en Zuid-Vietnam Compleet
  • Deze vakantie biedt je een uniek en afwisselend programma. Reis naar het sfeervolle en Frans aandoende Hanoi. Bezoek van daaruit Noord-Vietnam; verken al wandelend met een lokale gids de prachtige bergdorpen, mooiste rijstterrassen en theeplantages; ontmoet de kleurrijke bewoners in de 'homestay' waar je overnacht. Niet in de overlopen Halong... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Vietnam - Noord- en Zuid-Vietnam actief en avontuurlijk
  • Ben je in voor een actieve en avontuurlijke rondreis door Vietnam en niet per se op zoek naar de veel bezochte 'highlights', ga dan met ons 'off the beaten track' en laat je verrassen door de relatief stille en nog authentieke locaties. Maak een trekking langs kalkbergen en rijstterrassen van het Pu Luong Nature Reserve en slaap bij de locals... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Vietnam - Met de kids
  • Ga op avontuur en ontdek samen met je familie een onbekend stukje Azië. Reis met je eigen lokale gidsen kriskras door Noord-, midden- en Zuid-Vietnam. Wandel door het 'old quarter' van het sfeervolle Hanoi. Bezoek kleurrijke bergvolkeren en ontmoet de lokale bevolking in kleine ambachtswerkplaatsen. Stap in een traditionele sampan en bezoek de... Read more
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