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
2013
  • Reisgids Kunstreiseführer Vietnam, Kambodscha und Laos | Dumont
  • Man sieht nur, was man weiß - wer nach dieser Devise reist, braucht einen Reiseführer mit Tiefgang und mit profunden Informationen. Der Kunst-Reiseführer Vietnam, Kambodscha und Laos beinhaltet all das, was man als kulturinteressierter Reisender gerne lesen und wissen möchte - insbesondere eine Einführung in die vielfältigen Kulturen der Länder... Read more
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Netherlands
  • Insight Pocket Guides
  • Vietnam has a strong sense of identity, possessing a unique cultural heritage. With its stunning natural setting, sweeping views from high in the mountains and the impressive architecture in Hanoi, this country incites love at first sight. Be inspired to visit by the brand new Insight Pocket Guide Vietnam, a concise, full-color guide to this... Read more
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  • Insight Pocket Guides
  • Vietnam has a strong sense of identity, possessing a unique cultural heritage. With its stunning natural setting, sweeping views from high in the mountains and the impressive architecture in Hanoi, this country incites love at first sight. Be inspired to visit by the brand new Insight Pocket Guide Vietnam, a concise, full-color guide to this... Read more
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Bol.com
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  • Angkor Wat Temples
  • Cambodia, a hidden pearl ready to be discovered, lies in Southeast Asia, bordering Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam. To the south, hundreds of miles of coastline greet the never-ending surge and swells of the South China Sea, providing a paradise of surf, sand, and sun for the country's two million visitors. The Kingdom of Cambodia (its official... Read more
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Belgium
  • Angkor Wat Temples
  • Cambodia, a hidden pearl ready to be discovered, lies in Southeast Asia, bordering Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam. To the south, hundreds of miles of coastline greet the never-ending surge and swells of the South China Sea, providing a paradise of surf, sand, and sun for the country's two million visitors. The Kingdom of Cambodia (its official... Read more
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Bol.com
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  • Monkey Mountain Son Tra Peninsula, Vietnam
  • Son Tra is a mountainous jungle peninsula on the coast of Vietnam that is home to thousands of wild creatures: birds, butterflies, squirrels, snakes, and various species of monkeys including the endangered Red Shanked Douc Langur who are noted as one of the most beautiful primates in the world. Read more
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  • Monkey Mountain Son Tra Peninsula, Vietnam
  • Son Tra is a mountainous jungle peninsula on the coast of Vietnam that is home to thousands of wild creatures: birds, butterflies, squirrels, snakes, and various species of monkeys including the endangered Red Shanked Douc Langur who are noted as one of the most beautiful primates in the world. Read more
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  • Vietnam Marco Polo Travel Guide - with pull out map
  • For advice you can trust, look no further than Marco Polo. The Vietnam Marco Polo Spiral Guide is a compact travel guide for people who have little time to prepare for a trip, don't want to miss anything, like to be inspired by great ideas for exciting days out and love all things ultra-practical and easy to use. Visit a temple, relax and enjoy... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Vietnam Marco Polo Travel Guide - with pull out map
  • For advice you can trust, look no further than Marco Polo. The Vietnam Marco Polo Spiral Guide is a compact travel guide for people who have little time to prepare for a trip, don't want to miss anything, like to be inspired by great ideas for exciting days out and love all things ultra-practical and easy to use. Visit a temple, relax and enjoy... Read more
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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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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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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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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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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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
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