Top 8 Destinations for Ecotourism in Vietnam

Are you looking forward to get closer to nature as much as possible in your next vacation? Then Vietnam is one of the best countries available for you to visit. Vietnam eco-tourism is a massive industry and people who come from every corner of the world have contributed towards it. Here is a list of top 5 ecotourism destinations in Northern Vietnam that are available for you to visit.

1. Cuc Phuong National Park

Cuc Phuong National Park is located about 120km away from Hanoi. Trees that are old for thousands of years can be found in this region. The first impression that you would get after visiting Cuc Phuong National Park would be a unique one. You would feel that you are living inside a museum, which was constructed during the prehistoric times. The immense lake and green spaces that you can see in here are unique sights, which cannot be experienced from anywhere else. You will also get the opportunity to enjoy how butterflies fly across the forest and the beauty of forest petals.

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Even the road that you have to take in order to visit Cuc Phuong National Park is filled with natural beauty. You can get a realistic feel on how it would be to spend your time within a jungle while you are at Cuc Phuong National Park. You should not miss the Ancient Cave while you are spending time at the Cuc Phuong National Park. In here, you will be able to admire the beauty of green oak, which has been there for hundreds of years. If you're lucky, you will also recognize some wild animals eating and chilling out around.

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2. Tam Dao, Vinh Phuc

Tam Dao tourist resort is located about 80km away from Hanoi and it has become one of the most popular tourist destinations within Vietnam eco tourism. It offers a variety of unique attractions, which have the ability to impress travelers. Majestic mountains, clear autumn air and the solitary of smogs have contributed a lot towards the above mentioned fact. People who visit Tam Dao will get lost within the beauty of distant mountain peaks. It offers a perfect environment for you to relax as well.

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If you are visiting Tam Dao, you are encouraged to stay a night, so that you will be able to get the most out of your stay. The mornings at Tam Dao are filled with beauty. It would be a unique sight to see how sun creeps in through the misty mountains. You would love to enjoy this scenery while having a cup of coffee. Wildflowers would bloom during this time to enhance the beauty of the surroundings. You will also be able to experience peace and calm throughout the mornings.

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During your visit to Tam Dao, you should never miss out the Bac waterfall. Shimmering water would reflect the haunting of the sun and it would give life to a unique feel.

3. Cat Tien National Park

Cat Tien is located in the peaceful basins of Dong Nai River, 50 kilometers north of Ho Chi Minh city. Renowned as a picturesque paradise for wildlife and ecotourism lover, Cat Tien National Park will be an unmissable destination when you have chance to visit the southern region of Vietnam.

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The park is famous for its untamed nature as well as an incredibly rich biodiversity with thousands species of flora and fauna.

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There is a wide range of fascinating activities you can join in Cat Tien National Park:

  • Forest Trekking: Cat Tien National Park stretches in a huge area of forests, rivers, swamps, caves, lush fields. Thus, trekking in the park allows you to gain brand new experiences when exploring every different areas. Some ideal trekking spots can be listed as: Elephant hill, Bat Cave, White Stone Hill and the most notorious Crocodile Swamp. It is recommended to hire a local guide to trek through forests in Cat Tien because he knows all of the do’s and don’ts in this mysterious paradise.

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  • Cycling: Yes, you can also cycle around some areas in Cat Tien National Park to discover yourself its peaceful beauty and easily capture some great photos of hundred-year-old trees or spot some wild animals.
  • Paddling in Crocodile Swamp: The boat trip on this swamp will never disappoint you. This is a good chance to not only slowly contemplate the beauty of the National Park but also approach deeply to the kingdom of Siamese crocodile. The boat rental fee for one person is about 160,000VND (US$8).

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  • Forest Camping: Another must-try experience in Cat Tien is to go camping overnight. This is sure a great opportunity to uncommonly explore the nightlife of rare animals in the National Park or listen to a variety of strange natural sounds that you will not here in big cities. You can feel free to prepare your camp or rent in your hotels at reasonable price of around $6.

4. Kim Boi, Hoa Binh

Tourists who are interested in enjoying a bath from the natural hot springs tend to visit Kim Boi. It is located around 70km away from Hanoi. This region has been popular among tourists for hundreds of years because of its natural mineral springs. These springs are located deep within the ground and water produced by them can assist people to get a unique experience. This experience would be similar to soaking the body within a relaxing lake. In addition, you will be able to hear the unique voices of how water rush under the ground. It is also possible for the travelers to immerse themselves within the romantic mountains in this neighborhood. This would be a unique experience that you cannot get from anywhere else.
Kim Boi is not just known among tourists for the natural hot springs. The unique views of nature provided for the guests have also contributed towards its popularity. Once you are at Kim Boi, you wouldn’t feel like coming back home. The people whom you can meet in this village are friendly as well and they would support you throughout your stay.

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5. Tam Coc Bich Dong

Tam Coc Bich Dong is another popular destination that you can see in Vietnam eco tourism. It is considered as the country of immortals and is located about 100km away from Hanoi. Colorful fields can be found across the land you can see in Tam Coc Bich Dong. Fascinating caves and peaceful rivers are perfect examples to prove the above mentioned fact. In addition to these attractions, you will be able to find a beautiful mountain at Tam Coc Bich Dong as well.

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At Tam Coc Bich Dong, you shouldn’t simply ignore paying a visit to the Thien Huong Cave. Then you can also visit the Thai Vi Temple, which offers a large number of stories that are filled with pride. You will also be able to experience the amazing achievements in the history of Vietnam while you are at Tam Coc Bich Dong. This would be a value addition to the people who visit here to experience Vietnam eco-tourism.

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6. Nui Coc Lake, Thai Nguyen

A Vietnam eco tour would not be complete without a visit to the Nui Coc Lake located in Thai Nguyen. It is located about 15km away from Thai Nguyen. Therefore, travelers’ can think about visiting here with minimum hassle. Nui Coc Lake is deeply connected with the nature. Hence, people will be able to get extremely closer to the nature. The blue skies and vast land have enhanced the beauty of the lake as well as its surrounding.

Nui Coc Lake is an important destination in Vietnam eco-tourism because it has been created from a collaborative effort of men and nature. Plenty of space can be found around the lake, where you can relax and enjoy. This destination can bring in peace and tranquility into your life as well. Therefore, you should never miss it out.

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7. Ba Be

Located in Bac Kan province – a tranquil countryside of Northern Vietnam, Ba Be Lake will be the ideal place for you to not only admire the majestic scenery but also learn more about the rustic lifestyle of local people.

Ba Be is one of the top biggest natural lakes in the world, which is surrounded by huge ranges of mountain and primitive forest. Paying a visit to the lake, you will be surprised by a peaceful natural complex but not so touristy like other attractions in Vietnam, you may hear the sound of nearby fresh streams, the fun trading noise of Tay ethnic minority and the sound from boat’s engine floating on the lake.

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You can find various kinds of accommodation here, but if you want to experience the real Ba Be trip, try a homestay in Pac Ngoi Village or a hotel on the other side of the lake to spend time with locals and observe their unique customs and activities.

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Besides spending time on scenic cruising on the lake, there are some really nice places to try there. For those who love adventurous trekking, you may ask the locals the way to Puong Cave, an obscured limestone cave situating near the lake, which is home to thousands bats. In order to enter the cave, you have to walk on a small hill path, which is too narrow and rugged that you will have to use a stick to make your way.

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8. Mai Chau

If you are eager to take a mountainous trip but not want to spend a long day transfer then Mai Chau will be the one, which is located just 130km far from Hanoi.

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When you first set foot in this beautiful mountainous area, you will easily fall in love with the tranquil scenery of Northern Vietnam’s countryside, the picturesquely immense terraced rice paddies, rustic house-on-stilts and daily farming activities to earn a living.

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Mai Chau is also home to an huge amount of Vietnamese ethnic minorities, which offers you the opportunity to extend your knowledge about different culture as well as interesting traditional customs in Vietnam.
The trip also guarantees you a discovery to Mai Chau’s out-of-this-world cuisine. Thanks to traditional culinary secrets, there are a lot of must-try dishes when you come to this land such as comlam (rice in bamboo pipes), grilled pork, forest bees stir with bamboo shoot etc.

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