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

The Book Depository
United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
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
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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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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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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  • 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 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
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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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  • 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
2015
  • Reisgids Handbook Ho Chi Minh City - Saigon & south 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. Ho Chi Minh City, Pearl of the Orient, is the largest and most dynamic city in one of the most rapidly growing economies in the world. Explore... Read more
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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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
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Vietnam SUPERCEDED
  • This specialist country map covers northern and southern Vietnam to a scale of 1:2,000,000 and Halong Bay to a scale of 1:400,000. Detailed city plans cover Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hue, Nha Trang and Hoi An to a scale of 1:20,000, Dalat to a scale of 1:25,000 and Vung Tau to a scale of 1:50,000. Read more
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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