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
Kompass
Germany
  • MARCO POLO Reiseführer Vietnam
  • Kompakte Informationen, Insider-Tipps, Erlebnistouren und digitale Extras:Entdecken Sie mit MARCO POLO Vietnam intensiv von der chinesischen Grenze im Norden bis zum Mekongdelta im Süden - mit dem MARCO POLO Reiseführer kommen Sie sofort in Vietnam an. Erfahren Sie, welche Highlights Sie neben dem Postkartenidyll der Ha-Long-Bucht und dem... Read more
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
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
2017
  • 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
2017
  • 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
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
  • 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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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. MutterNatur hat Vietnam reich beschenkt. Hohe Berge, einsame Sandstrände undschier endlose smaragdgrüne Reisfelder. Diesmal lügen die Prospektenicht.... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2015
  • Reisgids Handbook Vietnam - Cambodia - Laos | Footprint
  • Zo mogelijk nog betere gids dan de Lonely Planet. Vol met de praktische informatie over reizen, slapen etc. Goede verwijzingen naar websites en veel mailadressen. Zelfde soort informatie als de Lonely Planet, diepgaander met vooral meer tips in de minder bekende gebieden. With stunning scenery, colonial remnants, fascinating ruins and exotic... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Trotter Vietnam | Lannoo
  • Veel aandacht voor praktische informatie als hotels en restaurants en musea, maar ook soms wat beperkte beschrijvingen van bezienswaardigheden. Handig zijn de vele plattegronden: verrassend en verfrissend geschreven! - Eigenzinnig en informatief: Van reizigers voor reizigers. De ideale reisgenoot De enige reisgids met gevoel voor humor De enige... 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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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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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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Bol.com
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
  • DuMont Reise-Handbuch Reiseführer Vietnam
  • Für die 3. Auflage des DuMont Reise-Handbuches war Autor Martin Petrich wieder intensiv vor Ort unterwegs. Vietnam ist in Bewegung, und das in einer Geschwindigkeit, die sprachlos macht. So ist etwa die herrliche Tropeninsel Phu Quoc im tiefen Süden dank des neu eröffneten Flughafens gut erreichbar.Von der Hauptstadt Hanoi im Norden bis zum... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2015
  • Reisgids Handbook Hanoi and Northern Vietnam - Noord Vietnam | Footprint
  • Kleine uitgave van de alom gewaardeerde Footprint guides: goede gidsen met veel praktische informatie als hotels, restaurants, openbaar vervoer en musea. Ook gedegen culturele achtergrond informatie. Rugged scenery, vibrant color, diverse people and the thrill of discovering the unknown: the north represents the finest Vietnam has to offer.... 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
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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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  • Reputable tour operator in Vietnam 2017-04-04 07:45:01
  • Trekking in Sapa, Vietnam
  • I know some people are really interested in to find best trekking trails in Sapa, northern Vientam.

    I can suggest you this

    http://www.vietnameseprivatetours.com/tour/sapa-trekking-tour/

    Hope it helps
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