Hiking and Trekking Tour In Vietnam
Firstly, we will need to have a brief talk about some basic differences between hiking and trekking in general:
If you just look at the field of physical movement, there would not be any difference between hiking and trekking. However, in a general view, these two activities have significant differences. Both hiking and trekking activities are long-day walking, going to the jungle or remote areas, but in hiking, the majority of the activity is on the available trails or asphalt roads – artificial roads, while trekkers will go across on multiple topography surfaces that are more adventurous and more challenging.
You can choose hiking or trekking over short distances, in one or two days, or over long distances for days, weeks or even months, but the work in every day and other related activities would be different.
The biggest difference between hiking and trekking is the intensity. Hiking is an activity that usually moves at easy to moderate, although some people argue that hiking is no less strenuous than trekking.
However, when opting for trekking, trekkers often go on many topographic surfaces that are more perse; they can go on a trail section that is available, then they can go to the forest or go on any road that has never been explored before.
Trekkers often use map and navigation, positioning skills to find the right direction. They must have medical support and they also have to prepare a lot of essential survival skills before starting the trip. Meanwhile, the hikers (who go hiking) are often loyalty with the available trails and do not move into areas where the terrain is not clear.
In fact, nations such as Vietnam is very ideal for anyone who wants to opt for hiking and trekking because it has a lot of hills and mountainous areas with several interesting secrets of natural life to discover. Therefore, Vietnam and some other nations with the similar terrain are always among the first choices for international and domestic trekkers and hikers.
Necessary equipment for hiking and trekking that people need to carry is quite varied depending on the concrete activity. Trekkers often need the equipment that has good tensile strength. They often need the skills necessary to find or build space bases or shelters. Both hikers and trekkers need a sturdy backpack, a high-quality water keeper, and good health to be able to move smoothly throughout the long-day plan that they have outlined.
Tourists coming to Vietnam are usually mesmerized by the wild and wonderful nature of the nation, from the fascinating bustle of the Mekong Delta of the South or the central highlands to the stretching yellow terraces in harvesting seasons in the North. The most popular hiking, trekking types in Vietnam are rambling adventures, walking, countryside hitch-hiking, mountain biking, and jungle trekking. Here is the list some most famous trekking and hiking areas in Vietnam voted by both foreign and local tourists.
1. Cuc Phuong National Park, Ninh Binh:
Cuc Phuong National Park is established in 1962 and is considered the oldest national park in Vietnam. It is 140 km far from the South of Hanoi and comes with the area of 25,000 hectares. The botanical abundance of the forest is noticeable because it is home to a lot of patches of primeval forest and flora species, embracing ancient trees with ligneous creepers, parasitic plants, and thick clusters of roots.
2. Ba Be Lake And National Park, Bac Kan:
Ba Be, lying in the middle of a huge limestone mountain range of Bac Kan Province, is the largest natural lake and now the center of a vast National Park in Vietnam. Ba Be Lake area offers a lot of wonders, such as caves, lakes, valleys, rivers, and waterfalls, which all set picturesque scenery. The whole area is intensely forested and homes to several ethnic minorities. Semi-tropical and tropical evergreen monsoon forests cover the majority of this national park.
3. Cat Ba Island, Hai Phong:
Cat Ba Island, lying on the Southeastern edge of Ha Long Bay in Northern Vietnam, is the largest one amongst 366 islands comprising the Cat Ba Archipelago, with half of the whole region covered by a vast national park. Cat Ba Island is where the jungle and the ocean gather together, forming a wide variety of natural ecosystems, both terrestrial and marine, leading to an extremely high biopersity rate.
4. Cao Bang:
Cao Bang is a province in the northwest that shares its borders with Lang Son, Bac Kan, Tuyen Quang, and Ha Giang; Cao Bang is actually an attractive hiking and trekking spot in Vietnam with untouched jungles and high mountains twisted with streams and rivers. The “Ban Gioc” Waterfall, which is on the border with China, is a relatively famous natural feature in Cao Bang.
5. Mai Chau, Hoa Binh:
Mai Chau is 135 km far from Hanoi. It is actually a district of Hoa Binh province, in the northwest area of Vietnam. When being seen from high above, Mai Chau’s superb vista is surrounded by stilt houses of ethnic minority groups in a green valley. The two tribes, black Thai and White Thai, settle in this region and make up the largest ethnic population of the land.
6. Sapa, Lao Cai:
Sapa is considered the most attractive hiking and trekking spot in Vietnam. Mt. Fansipan of Lao Cai, at the height of 3143 meters, is the highest peak in Vietnam and the whole Indochina peninsula as well. Besides the mountainous terrain, Sapa is home to a lot of ethnic minorities, such as Tay Pho Lu, Giay, Dao (Yao), and Hmong.
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