Top 3 Best Destinations for Ecotourism in Northern Vietnam

Widely well-known for magnificent landscape, Northern Vietnam attracts millions of tourists each year thanks to its many charming natural sites. As a result, ecotourism is now rapidly developing to offer tourists the chance to discover these attractions. Today, we would like to suggest to you 3 best destinations for ecotourism in Northern Vietnam.

Ba Be Lake

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.

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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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Cuc Phuong National Park

Located in Ninh Binh – the ancient capital of Vietnam, Cuc Phuong National Park – the first and largest of its kind in Vietnam - should be a great choice for ecotourism lovers.

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At first glance, you will recognized that Cuc Phuong is a massive kingdom of biodiversity thanks to a huge area of hundred-year-old trees, high mountains and a rich system of wild fauna and flora. Once entered the entrance, you will have a chance to do a trekking trip to experience firsthand the beauty of Cuc Phuong’s primitive forest.

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You will be amazed at a lot of giant trees in the park which might need 10-20 adults to be able to hug. The trip also allow you to explore a diverse wildlife of many species in Cuc Phuong including some rarest only-in-vietnam ones listed in World’s red book such as white-trouser langur, slow loris, leopark etc.

Visiting Cuc Phuong, you will have the opportunity to have a look at the Ancient Cave, the spot where many evidences and objects of prehistoric man in Vietnam was found.

Endangered Primate Rescue Center will be a nice place to see, where you can admire the rarest primates in the world as well as meet the team who day-by-day look after for them.

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One of the rarest primates on the planet being raised in Endangered Primate Rescue Center

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. 

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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.

>> Interested in Mai Chau, check out our tours in this beautiful valley for more exciting experiences: have a look at our Vietnam Tour Packages for more must-see destinations in Vietnam



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