VietnamMiscellaneousMost Stunning Destinations in Vietnam for Nature Lovers

Most Stunning Destinations in Vietnam for Nature Lovers

Vietnam in Southeastern Asia has over 12.8 thousand square miles and a population of more than 96 million people. Bordered by Cambodia, Laos, and China as well as the South China Sea and the Gulf of Thailand, there is so much to see and do for nature lovers in Vietnam.

From the Cuc Phuong National Park in Ninh Binh to the red dunes of Mui Ne, nature is still preserved well in many places. Caves, beaches, and mountains are just a few wondrous and stunning places to see in Vietnam.

Cuc Phuong National Park

In the province of Ninh Binh, Cuc Phuong was the first national park, dating back to 1962, and is now the largest in the entire country, boasting more than 54,000 acres of pristine nature. According to archaeological findings, human habitation here dates back 12,000 years. Many artifacts like spears and axes have been found in the caves.

Today, thousands of flora and fauna live in the park, from macaques to jungle cats, so there is a myriad of activities you can take part in while enjoying the magnificent scenes in Cuc Phuong National Park. Some attractions you will want to see include the Dong Nguoi Xua Cave of Prehistoric Man, May Bac Peak, Yen Quang Lake, and the Cuc Phuong Botanical Garden. Don’t miss the museum featuring 50 archaeological animal samples.

Ba Vi National Park

Another fantastic national park is Ba Vi in Hanoi, which has over 26 thousand acres and a gorgeous mountain range. Locals consider it one of the most outstanding natural beauties in the country. It is centered around the summits of Dinh Vua, Tan Vien, and Ngoc Hoa, with the Da River flowing through it.

The tropical foliage in the park was a source of medicinal plants used by the Dao people. It is a lush, green rainforest with orchids, forests, and mountain slopes. Marvel at the flying squirrels and other creatures who call the park home. Do the 30-minute climb to the temple and shrine for incredible panoramic views. Leave your heavy backpacks and bags at a luggage storage locker in Hanoi before heading to Ba Vi to make the trek easier.

Sa Pa & the Tonkinese Alps

The residents in the town of Sa Pa probably do not even know their city is on the list of most beautiful places in Vietnam, but they should. Those who live there are Vietnam’s ethnic minorities. Although they may look like they dress in period costumes, this is just how they dress every day.

Many villagers sell their jewelry, food, and clothing in hand-dyed and woven clothing. The Tonkinese Alps hold the highest peak in Vietnam, the Fansipan, which is 10,312 feet high and takes several days to reach by foot and cable car.

Read more about Ethnic Minorities in Vietnam

Ha Long Bay

The name Ha Long means descending dragon, and with all the islets erecting from the sea, you may see why they call it that. Local legends say dragons spit gems when fighting invaders, and this is what the islands are. The bay has over 1,500 small limestone islands, and many of them boast caves with prehistoric elements from 18,000 BC.

A few of the islands feature beaches and hotels, but most are beautiful, with thick vegetation and caves. The floating fishing villages in the bay are also quite picturesque with their vibrantly colored homes. But the karst landscape of pillars, caves, and arches provides magical scenery perfect for a movie set.

Ban Gioc Waterfall

As the largest waterfall in Asia, the Ban Gioc Waterfall is a spectacular view no matter what time of year you visit, so bring your camera. Cell phone pics cannot do it justice.

Dropping about 100 feet from the top, Ban Gioc is segregated into three falls, and the thundering of the water can be heard for miles. But it is not just tall. It is vast at close to 1,000 feet wide. The best time to visit is September through October, when the waters are calmer, so you can get photos without getting your camera wet.

Phu Quoc Island

Phu Quoc is a densely forested and mountainous island with white sandy beaches on clear turquoise waters. The 24-mile island is also full of attractions, such as the quaint fishing town of An Thoi, Suoi Tranh Waterfalls, and pearl farms on the island’s western side, which have a café and pearls for sale.

You can also go on squid fishing tours at night, enjoy snorkeling along the beaches, or get a private boat tour. Scuba diving to see the coral reefs is also popular, with over 20 dive sites. Get a guided tour of the island on land for some of the most stunning places to see in Vietnam.

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

With 494,210 acres of green space, waters, and limestone cliffs, the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is one of the most popular nature vacation destinations in Vietnam. It was created in 1986 to protect the largest karst areas in the world, with over 300 caves and grotto systems. The Annamite Mountain Range and the Hin Namno National Park border it.

This park was named from the Phong Nha Cave and the Ke Bang Forest. The cave is almost five miles long and has caverns and an underground river. It is famous for its rock formations, which have been named Buddha, Unicorn, Lion, and many others. Keep an eye out for the Asian Unicorn, also known as Saola, as well as other endangered animals in Vietnam.

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