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
2014
  • A Short Ride in the Jungle
  • The Ho Chi Minh Trail is one of the greatest feats of military engineering in history. But since the end of the Vietnam War much of this vast transport network has been reclaimed by jungle, while remaining sections are littered with a deadly legacy of unexploded bombs. For Antonia, a veteran of ridiculous adventures in unfeasible vehicles, the... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2014
  • A Short Ride in the Jungle
  • The Ho Chi Minh Trail is one of the greatest feats of military engineering in history. But since the end of the Vietnam War much of this vast transport network has been reclaimed by jungle, while remaining sections are littered with a deadly legacy of unexploded bombs. For Antonia, a veteran of ridiculous adventures in unfeasible vehicles, the... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Lonely Planet Vietnam
  • Sit down to a steaming bowl of pho on a bustling Hanoi boulevard. Kick back on a languorous boat ride down the Mekong Delta. Swim at a secluded higlands waterfall. Welcome to Vietnam. Endless attractions and adventures await. Make your own connection to this beguiling country with our inspirational, bestselling guide.Connect with culture -... Read more
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Belgium
  • Lonely Planet Vietnam
  • Sit down to a steaming bowl of pho on a bustling Hanoi boulevard. Kick back on a languorous boat ride down the Mekong Delta. Swim at a secluded higlands waterfall. Welcome to Vietnam. Endless attractions and adventures await. Make your own connection to this beguiling country with our inspirational, bestselling guide.Connect with culture -... 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
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
2018
  • Reisgids Culture Shock! Vietnam | Marshall Cavendish
  • Culture Shock! Vietnam aims to be the definitive account of the country for travellers or those relocating to the country. Based primarily on the author's first-hand experience in Vietnam, the book leads the reader on a journey that covers every aspect of arrival, settling in, integrating with local culture, and grappling with a wholly foreign... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Faszinierendes Vietnam
  • Etwas kleiner als Deutschland zieht sich Vietnam über 1650 Kilometer von Nord nach Süd - und besitzt eine vollkommene Schönheit, die einem das Herz brechen kann. Vietnam besteht aus Dschungel und dunklen Kiefernwäldern, aus den lichtübergossenen Stränden des Südchinesischen Meeres und endlosen Reisfeldern. Neben den vielfältigen Landschaften... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Faszinierendes Vietnam
  • Etwas kleiner als Deutschland zieht sich Vietnam über 1650 Kilometer von Nord nach Süd - und besitzt eine vollkommene Schönheit, die einem das Herz brechen kann. Vietnam besteht aus Dschungel und dunklen Kiefernwäldern, aus den lichtübergossenen Stränden des Südchinesischen Meeres und endlosen Reisfeldern. Neben den vielfältigen Landschaften... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2014
  • Insight Guides
  • Southeast Asia is a firm favorite on the long-haul travel trail, thanks to its unrivaled range of amazing experiences and unforgettable sights – from the northern hills of Thailand to the dragons of Komodo, frenetic Manila to laid-back Vientiane, the sands of Ko Samui to Balinese temples and the ruins of Angkor. And traveling around the region... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2014
  • Insight Guides
  • Southeast Asia is a firm favorite on the long-haul travel trail, thanks to its unrivaled range of amazing experiences and unforgettable sights – from the northern hills of Thailand to the dragons of Komodo, frenetic Manila to laid-back Vientiane, the sands of Ko Samui to Balinese temples and the ruins of Angkor. And traveling around the region... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids Best of Vietnam | Lonely Planet
  • De nieuwste reisgidsen-serie van Lonely Planet: een luxe uitgave met als titel 'the Best of ... ' waarin aandacht voor de belangrijkste niet te missen hoogtepunten van het land. Ook hier wordt het kort en bondig geschreven met veel praktische informatie erbj als eten-drinken en vervoer. De lijst met accommodaties - zoals bij de gewone Planets -... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Dominicus Vietnam | Gottmer
  • Rijk geillustreerde gids met nadruk op historische en culturele hoogtepunten. Daarnaast nog veel besprekingen van toeristische plaatsen. Zonder meer een complete gids, met veel foto’s is het een lust voor het oog. Vietnam staat gelukkig niet meer synoniem voor oorlogsgeweld. Integendeel het land is in opkomst als toeristische bestemming sinds... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids Vietnam | Rough Guides
  • Zeer goede reisgids voor zowel de georganiseerde maar vooral voor de zelfstandige reiziger. Boordevol informatie over reizen, slapen, eten, maar ook musea en cultuur. Voor Europese landen - zeker de Engelse deelgebieden - meestal completer en beter dan de Lonely Planet ! Discover this exciting destination with the most incisive and entertaining... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Cambodia
  • • Waterproof • Tear-Resistant • Travel MapNational Geographic's Cambodia Adventure Map is designed to meet the needs of adventure travelers with its durability and detailed, accurate information. This map includes the locations of cities and towns with a user-friendly index, a clearly marked road network complete with distances and designations... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Cambodia
  • • Waterproof • Tear-Resistant • Travel MapNational Geographic's Cambodia Adventure Map is designed to meet the needs of adventure travelers with its durability and detailed, accurate information. This map includes the locations of cities and towns with a user-friendly index, a clearly marked road network complete with distances and designations... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wegenkaart - landkaart Cambodia - Cambodja | National Geographic
  • • Waterproof • Tear-Resistant • Travel MapNational Geographic's Cambodia Adventure Map is designed to meet the needs of adventure travelers with its durability and detailed, accurate information. This map includes the locations of cities and towns with a user-friendly index, a clearly marked road network complete with distances and designations... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Finding Mojo
  • What does it take to finally let go of things that just aren t working in your life? The suffering of a broken heart? Losing a job? Or maybe the painful disintegration of a long-standing friendship?It is the cruel fusion of all these things and more that leads Natalie to believe the life she s living belongs to somebody else. On discovering... Read more
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Belgium
  • Finding Mojo
  • What does it take to finally let go of things that just aren t working in your life? The suffering of a broken heart? Losing a job? Or maybe the painful disintegration of a long-standing friendship?It is the cruel fusion of all these things and more that leads Natalie to believe the life she s living belongs to somebody else. On discovering... Read more
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Kompass
Germany
  • DuMont Bildatlas Vietnam
  • DuMont Bildatlas Vietnam - die Bilder des Fotografen Martin Sasse zeigen faszinierende Panoramen und ungewöhnliche Nahaufnahmen. Sechs Kapitel, gegliedert nach regionalen Gesichtspunkten, geben einen Überblick über das sympathische Land in Südostasien. Zu jedem Kapitel gehören Hintergrundreportagen und Specials, die aktuelle und interessante... Read more
Kompass
Germany
  • Lonely Planet Reiseführer Vietnam
  • Mit dem Lonely Planet Vietnam auf eigene Faust durch das Paradies. Willkommen in einer Welt, in der die Farben kräftiger, die Kultur facettenreicher und die Geschichte fesselnder ist als anderswo. Mutter Natur hat Vietnam reich beschenkt. Hohe Berge, einsame Sandstrände und schier endlose smaragdgrüne Reisfelder. Diesmal lügen die Prospekte... 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
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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
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Netherlands
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Netherlands
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Walking holidays

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
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
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