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
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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Hanoi | Moon Travel Guides
  • Uitstekende reisgids van uitgever Moon. De gids is vergelijkbaar met Lonely Planet en Rough guide en is voor de backpacker - zelfstandige reiziger geschreven; toch is deze door de grote mate van details en achtergronden geschikt voor alle reizigers! De gids onderscheidt zich door gedegen en uitgebreide achtergrondinformatie over bijvoorbeeld... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Cambodia in Depth
  • Cambodia is a history buff s dream, with rich stories of empire and tyranny over the past 1,000 years. There are a variety of books and websites (some of which are listed in the Resources for Further Information section) that provide excellent summaries of Cambodia s ancient and recent history. Wikipedia's site... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Cambodia in Depth
  • Cambodia is a history buff s dream, with rich stories of empire and tyranny over the past 1,000 years. There are a variety of books and websites (some of which are listed in the Resources for Further Information section) that provide excellent summaries of Cambodia s ancient and recent history. Wikipedia's site... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Vietnam and Angkor Wat
  • DK Eyewitness Vietnam & Angkor Wat travel guide will lead you straight to the best attractions this diverse country has on offer. Packed with photographs, illustrations and maps of Vietnam the guide includes in-depth coverage of Vietnam's best attractions from the floating markets of the Mekong Delta in the south to the hill towns inhabited by... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Vietnam and Angkor Wat
  • DK Eyewitness Vietnam & Angkor Wat travel guide will lead you straight to the best attractions this diverse country has on offer. Packed with photographs, illustrations and maps of Vietnam the guide includes in-depth coverage of Vietnam's best attractions from the floating markets of the Mekong Delta in the south to the hill towns inhabited by... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2015
  • Reisgids Handbook Vietnam | 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 Vietnam's allure lies in its ripples of vibrant green paddy fields,... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Backpacker Business
  • Written on chicken buses, trains, boats and in beach bars all across Southeast Asia, this is the story of how a 23-year old English backpacker set up the first print magazine for independent travellers in Southeast Asia.From inexperienced backpacker in Nepal to established publisher in Thailand, via business deals in Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos,... Read more
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  • Bol.com, Belgium
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Backpacker Business
  • Written on chicken buses, trains, boats and in beach bars all across Southeast Asia, this is the story of how a 23-year old English backpacker set up the first print magazine for independent travellers in Southeast Asia.From inexperienced backpacker in Nepal to established publisher in Thailand, via business deals in Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos,... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Sparring with Charlie
  • When Christopher Hunt set off in search of Vietnam s notorious Ho Chi Minh Trail, he hardly expected to end up on a rickety, Russian-made motorcycle navigating 5,000 kilometers of paths rarely traveled by tourists and on roads missing from maps. Hunt left the United States expecting to explore the 1,700-kilometer highway that was once the... Read more
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  • Bol.com, Belgium
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Sparring with Charlie
  • When Christopher Hunt set off in search of Vietnam s notorious Ho Chi Minh Trail, he hardly expected to end up on a rickety, Russian-made motorcycle navigating 5,000 kilometers of paths rarely traveled by tourists and on roads missing from maps. Hunt left the United States expecting to explore the 1,700-kilometer highway that was once the... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Reisgids Vietnam | Insight Guides
  • Een rijk geillustreerde reisgids met diepgaande teksten: één van de beste reisgidsen die er bestaan. Eerste deel bestaat uit een beschrijving van de unieke aspecten van de regio, daarna een deel echte reisgids en als afsluiting een deel met praktische informatie. De uitstekende informatie wordt vergezeld van prachtige foto's en heldere kaarten.... 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
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
  • De Zwerver, Netherlands
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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
» Click to close
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
  • Also available from:
  • Bol.com, Belgium
» Click to open
Bol.com
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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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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
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Netherlands
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Netherlands
De Zwerver
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Walking holidays

Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Vietnam - Met de kids
  • Ga op avontuur en ontdek samen met je familie een onbekend stukje Azië. Reis met je eigen lokale gidsen kriskras door Noord-, midden- en Zuid-Vietnam. Wandel door het 'old quarter' van het sfeervolle Hanoi. Bezoek kleurrijke bergvolkeren en ontmoet de lokale bevolking in kleine ambachtswerkplaatsen. Stap in een traditionele sampan en bezoek de... 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
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 met een lokale gids de prachtige bergdorpen, mooiste rijstterrassen en theeplantages; ontmoet de kleurrijke bewoners in de 'homestay' waar je overnacht. Niet in de overlopen Halong... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Vietnam - Noord- en Zuid-Vietnam actief en avontuurlijk
  • Ben je in voor een actieve en avontuurlijke rondreis door Vietnam en niet per se op zoek naar de veel bezochte 'highlights', ga dan met ons 'off the beaten track' en laat je verrassen door de relatief stille en nog authentieke locaties. Maak een trekking langs kalkbergen en rijstterrassen van het Pu Luong Nature Reserve en slaap bij de locals... Read more
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