Where should you go hiking while on vacation in Vietnam? Ho Chi Minh City is pancake-flat, you’ll have to travel more than two hours outside of the city to get your nature and mountain fix. There are so many trails and destinations to choose from that it’s difficult to know where to begin. That is why we have compiled a list of suggestions. If Ba Den Mountain – the highest and most difficult summit in Vietnam’s south – seems too painful for you, you’ll find a real variety in this set of hiking trails, perfect and relaxing for planning your Vietnam vacation.
TA NANG – PHAN DUNG
Ta Nang Phan Dung trekking route is a must-see for anyone who enjoys trekking in Vietnam. It is one of the most beautiful trekking routes in Vietnam, located about 250 kilometers by car from Ho Chi Minh City, with scenery ranging from highland to central coastal plateau. Pine forest, green meadows spreading over hills, and small trails filled with basalt soil are typical of the scenery here. Despite its stunning scenery, the trek remains a hidden gem known only to a select group of local adventurers. The route is approximately 55 kilometers long and crosses three provinces: Ta Nang District of Lam Dong, Ninh Thuan District, and Phan Dung District of Binh Thuan.
Although the Ta Nang – Phan Dung route is not dangerous, it can be difficult for those who are normally inactive because you will have to walk long distances on difficult terrain, and many people have gotten lost due to a lack of a detailed map and, in some cases, proper preparation. Because phone signal is extremely rare, make sure to select the correct map, adhere to the map’s instructions, and do not deviate from the path. The longer you are stuck, particularly in the woods, the more frustrating and dangerous it becomes. The terrain is not conducive to biking.
How to get there?
You can take the Phuong Trang bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Lat; the station’s website is https://futabus.vn/en-US/. Request that the driver drop you off at the Ta Hine town intersection on QL20. You can then take a xe-om to checkpoint 1.
Ta Giang, a small village in Thanh Son, a mountainous commune in Khanh Son District, Khanh Hoa Province/ Sapa, offers a variety of trekking levels suitable for all types of visitors. However, the 22-kilometer route starting from Ta Giang Village is the most popular route for exploring Ta Giang. Beautiful landscapes, springs with crystal clear water, primary forests, rice fields, ethnic people, and vast grasslands await trekkers in Ta Giang village, which is located near Phuoc Binh National Park and Hon Ba Nature Reserve.
The first section of the route is relatively easy, but the second section is more difficult. The more explorers who travel, the more difficult the route becomes. Camping is another option for travelers who want to enjoy their BBQ party under a night sky full of twinkling stars.
The months of March to June are ideal for exploring Ta Giang because the weather is pleasant and there is no rain.
How do you get there?
You can travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Ha Noi and then to Sapa.
Although Sapa has four distinct seasons, you can trek all year, but the best months for Sapa trekking are August to April.
CHUA CHAN MOUNTAIN
Chua Chan Mountain, located in Dong Nai province, 100 kilometers from HCMC, is the second-highest mountain in the Southeast, after Ba Den Mountain (986 meters, Tay Ninh). This place is an ideal day trip from the city to get some fresh air, see greenery, and go hiking. The hike begins with a set of concrete stairs, followed by 20-30 minutes of stair climbing, depending on your speed. Fortunately, the area is shaded! When you reach the Buu Quang Pagoda (Chùa Bu Quang (Gia Lào) in Vietnamese, you’ve made it halfway up the trail. The actual hiking route begins after you pass the pagoda and the cable car area. To climb to the top will take another 30 minutes. You arrived at the summit after hiking for more than 1.5 hours. At the top, there is a breathtaking 360-degree view of the lush green vegetation and small towns.
Chua Chan Mountain is located 91 kilometers (56 miles) from Ho Chi Minh City’s District 1. If you’re driving, you’ll need to allow more than 2.5 hours to get to the starting point. If you decide to drive there on your own, enter “Khu Du Lịch Cáp Treo Núi Chứa Chan, Xuân Trường, Xuân Lộc, Đồng Nai, Vietnam” as your destination in Google Maps. The address will take you to the cable car entrance, but you are not required to take it if you do not wish to.
How do I get there?
Depending on your mode of transportation, there are two main routes: the fastest is to go by car, motorbike or bus.