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
  • Insight Guides Explore Vietnam
  • Explore Vietnam is from the popular series from insight and is the ideal companion when discovering this exciting country. This itinerary-based guide provides details of the country`s best routes, written by a local expert, for that personal touch and insider information. Explore Vietnam is the perfect companion when exploring this fascinating... Read more
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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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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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Monkey Mountain Son Tra Peninsula, Vietnam
  • Son Tra is a mountainous jungle peninsula on the coast of Vietnam that is home to thousands of wild creatures: birds, butterflies, squirrels, snakes, and various species of monkeys including the endangered Red Shanked Douc Langur who are noted as one of the most beautiful primates in the world. Read more
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Belgium
  • Monkey Mountain Son Tra Peninsula, Vietnam
  • Son Tra is a mountainous jungle peninsula on the coast of Vietnam that is home to thousands of wild creatures: birds, butterflies, squirrels, snakes, and various species of monkeys including the endangered Red Shanked Douc Langur who are noted as one of the most beautiful primates in the world. Read more
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Kompass
Germany
  • Lonely Planet Legendäre Roadtrips
  • Die 50 spektakulärsten Straßen der Welt in einem modernen Bildband – das begeistert nicht nur Automobilfans! Die Küstenstraße der Amalfitana zählt dazu, ebenso die Ho Chi Minh Straße in Vietnam und die Schwarzwaldhochstraße. Bei jeder Tour ist man so dabei, als säße man selbst am Steuer: persönlicher Reisebericht, inspirierende Fotos von... 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
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Kompass
Germany
2010
  • DuMont Kunst-Reiseführer Vietnam, Kambodscha und Laos
  • 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
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Reisgids Vietnam | Insight Guides
  • Een rijk geillustreerde reisgids met diepgaande teksten: één van de beste reisgidsen die er bestaan. Eerste deel bestaat uit een beschrijving van de unieke aspecten van de regio, daarna een deel echte reisgids en als afsluiting een deel met praktische informatie. De uitstekende informatie wordt vergezeld van prachtige foto's en heldere kaarten.... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Te gast in Vietnam | Informatie Verre Reizen
  • Samengesteld door en voor reizigers: verhalen van mensen die er gewoond of gereisd hebben. Literatuurlijst, praktische tips, vooral veel achtergrond- en cultuur informatie. TE GAST IN Vietnam is samengesteld door en voor reizigers. Het bevat korte en boeiende verhalen geschreven door liefst zeven deskundige auteurs, variërend van hoogleraar tot... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Cambodia in Depth
  • Cambodia is a history buff s dream, with rich stories of empire and tyranny over the past 1,000 years. There are a variety of books and websites (some of which are listed in the Resources for Further Information section) that provide excellent summaries of Cambodia s ancient and recent history. Wikipedia's site... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Cambodia in Depth
  • Cambodia is a history buff s dream, with rich stories of empire and tyranny over the past 1,000 years. There are a variety of books and websites (some of which are listed in the Resources for Further Information section) that provide excellent summaries of Cambodia s ancient and recent history. Wikipedia's site... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Vietnam and Angkor Wat
  • DK Eyewitness Vietnam & Angkor Wat travel guide will lead you straight to the best attractions this diverse country has on offer. Packed with photographs, illustrations and maps of Vietnam the guide includes in-depth coverage of Vietnam's best attractions from the floating markets of the Mekong Delta in the south to the hill towns inhabited by... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Vietnam and Angkor Wat
  • DK Eyewitness Vietnam & Angkor Wat travel guide will lead you straight to the best attractions this diverse country has on offer. Packed with photographs, illustrations and maps of Vietnam the guide includes in-depth coverage of Vietnam's best attractions from the floating markets of the Mekong Delta in the south to the hill towns inhabited by... 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
2017
  • Reisgids ANWB Wereldreisgids Vietnam | ANWB Media
  • De ANWB Wereldreisgids Vietnam is compleet vernieuwd. Vietnam is het land van schilderachtige berglandschappen, eindeloze stranden en een even boeiende als droevige recente geschiedenis. Maar ook van grote steden vol bezienswaardigheden zoals de oude stad van Hanoi met zijn tunnelhuizen en de wolkenkrabbers van Ho Chi Minhstad. De uitgebreide... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Hanoi | Moon
  • Uitstekende reisgids van uitgever Moon. De gids is vergelijkbaar met Lonely Planet en Rough guide en is voor de backpacker - zelfstandige reiziger geschreven; toch is deze door de grote mate van details en achtergronden geschikt voor alle reizigers! De gids onderscheidt zich door gedegen en uitgebreide achtergrondinformatie over bijvoorbeeld... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Backpacker Business
  • Written on chicken buses, trains, boats and in beach bars all across Southeast Asia, this is the story of how a 23-year old English backpacker set up the first print magazine for independent travellers in Southeast Asia.From inexperienced backpacker in Nepal to established publisher in Thailand, via business deals in Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos,... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Backpacker Business
  • Written on chicken buses, trains, boats and in beach bars all across Southeast Asia, this is the story of how a 23-year old English backpacker set up the first print magazine for independent travellers in Southeast Asia.From inexperienced backpacker in Nepal to established publisher in Thailand, via business deals in Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos,... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Sparring with Charlie
  • When Christopher Hunt set off in search of Vietnam s notorious Ho Chi Minh Trail, he hardly expected to end up on a rickety, Russian-made motorcycle navigating 5,000 kilometers of paths rarely traveled by tourists and on roads missing from maps. Hunt left the United States expecting to explore the 1,700-kilometer highway that was once the... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Sparring with Charlie
  • When Christopher Hunt set off in search of Vietnam s notorious Ho Chi Minh Trail, he hardly expected to end up on a rickety, Russian-made motorcycle navigating 5,000 kilometers of paths rarely traveled by tourists and on roads missing from maps. Hunt left the United States expecting to explore the 1,700-kilometer highway that was once the... 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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
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Kompass
Germany
  • MARCO POLO Kontinentalkarte Thailand, Vietnam 1:2 500 000
  • Entdecken Sie mit dieser MARCO POLO Karte das Land des Lächelns . . . Die Karten bestechen durch eine leicht lesbare, neue Kartografie, in der durchgängig landschaftlich schöne Strecken und Orte markiert sind. Schon in der im Kartendeckel befindlichen, ausklappbaren Übersichtskarte sind die schönsten Orte mit Highlightsternen gekennzeichnet und... Read more
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Netherlands
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Netherlands
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Netherlands
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Walking holidays

Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Vietnam - Met de kids
  • Ga op avontuur en ontdek samen een onbekend stuk Azië. Deze reis biedt een uitgebreide, afwisselende en indrukwekkende ervaring in noord, midden en zuid Vietnam. Maak een tocht met een fietsriksja door het sfeervolle Hanoi. Bezoek kleurrijke bergvolkeren en slaap bij de mensen thuis. Vaar langs drijvende markten en eet eens slang. Maak mooie... Read more
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 actief en avontuurlijk
  • Ben je in voor een actieve en avontuurlijke rondreis door Vietnam en niet persé 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 - 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 de prachtige bergdorpen, mooiste rijstterrassen en ontmoet haar kleurrijke bewoners . In de idyllische Halong Bay maak je een prachtige boottocht tussen de bizarre karstbergen.... Read more
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