Start planning your Vietnam nature tour
Vietnam is a diverse country, with forests, a long, craggy coastline dotted with islands, towering mountain ranges, and vast plateaus. Take a nature tour in Vietnam and you’ll get to interact with nature at its finest while visiting the country’s many protected reserves and national parks, from the Red River delta at Cúc Phương to the idyllic waterfalls at Bạch Mã National Park.
What makes Vietnam's nature unique?
The sheer variety of nature experiences available in Vietnam makes this country truly special. Shimmering rice paddies and terraces are the most common landscape you’ll spot, as the country exports over $2 billion of rice each year. Plus, with so many long and winding rivers, there are some fascinating waterways to explore, such as the world-famous Mekong Delta. Nature tours in Vietnam are likely to take in valleys, mountain peaks, and some unusual geological formations, such as natural wonder that is Halong Bay.
The best national parks and natural sites in Vietnam
There’s a wide range of places to visit on a nature tour in Vietnam, and so we’ve chosen five of our favorite spots.
Enjoy peace and quiet at Cúc Phương National Park
In the Ninh Binh province, Cúc Phương National Park is great for cycling tours and birdwatching. It’s so remote, wildlife and fascinating plants thrive here, and it makes a fantastic place to get away from the hubbub of Vietnam’s cities. Explore the scenic limestone karst mountains, and get uninterrupted views of glistening rice paddies.
Uncover the secrets of Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park
Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Vietnam's best-kept secrets. Expect to see miles of unexplored Karst formations, and the world's largest natural cave, Son Doong. Take the relaxing boat tour, during which you’ll enjoy some of the most striking scenery and fantastic rock formations in Vietnam.
Get up high at Tam Dao National Park
Getting its name from Chinese etymology, Tam Dao means “three islands,” a reference to the three peaks of Tam Dao Mountain, which can often be seen floating in the mist beyond the main town. Here, you can take a 30-minute hike to a waterfall, or spend even longer trekking through bamboo forests. Keep an eye out for langur monkeys on your route.
See rare animals at Bạch Mã National Park
If you have a love for wildlife, you must visit Bạch Mã—one of the best national parks in Vietnam. Here you will see unique species such as the giant muntjac deer, and a wide variety of plants amid fantastic scenery. The peace and tranquility here is truly wonderful, so come to switch off from the chaotic world beyond.
Take a cooling dip at Cat Ba National Park
This unusual national park sits on an island off the coast of northern Vietnam. Covered in tropical rainforest, it has a warren of trails and paths to explore on foot, with one of the extensive ranges of wildlife and plants in the world. Plan your visit for spring or autumn so that you can take a dip in the warm waters along the coast.
What is the best time of the year to experience Vietnam's nature?
The best time to experience Vietnam is in spring, which falls between February and April. Fall (from August to November) is also a great time to visit Vietnam. Both have moderate temperatures and some rainfall but it’s the perfect weather to experience Vietnam’s tropical habitats.