6 Vietnam Off-the-beaten-track Destinations: From North To South

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Vietnam is one of the most beautiful countries in Asia. The country attracts a lot of tourists from all over the world by bustling cities, beautiful golden sand beaches, and lush mountains. However, this leads to crowdedness in popular attractions and some places don’t retain their pristine beauty. That’s why many people are looking for Vietnam off-the-beaten-track destinations. So, this article is for you, with all of the most beautiful hidden gems from all the regions of Vietnam.

1. Nho Que River

A trip to Ha Giang province would be incomplete without visiting Nho Que River – a beautiful landscape. It is truly worth seeing an off-the-tourist-trail destination for those who want to admire the beauty of Vietnamese mountainous areas but don’t want to visit the touristy Sapa town. The river is 192 km long, taking water from China. Describing this river, there are only fine adjectives including wild, picturesque, and majestic.

From the surrounding mountain tops, you will be able to see the beautiful river like a magical pearl flowing through 2 green mountain ranges. The charm of the river is still there when it is newly invested in tourism. Previously, it was used for fishing and hydroelectricity. This will really be one of the most fascinating journeys for you to explore the beauty of the river by boat.

2. Moc Chau

Moc Chau Plateau is a great destination for those who are looking for peaceful scenery and relaxing experiences. Cool temperatures, tea hills and ethnic villages, you can find all of that in this romantic plateau 200 kilometers from Hanoi. Visiting tea hills is one of the most popular activities in this land of nearly 3,000 hectares of green and black tea gardens. The immense hills that come alive in the morning sun are always a great source of inspiration for many photographers.

Besides, you can visit nearby Hua Tat village with authentic local culture and breathtaking scenery or admire the romantic beauty of Dai Yem waterfall. If you are lucky enough, you can visit the cauliflower village called Ba Phach in Lunar New Year. During this time, you can get lost in spectacular sights of plump and peach flowers blooming and enjoy the richness of H’Mong and Thai people’s customs and traditions in celebrating the new year. If you like something more adventurous, don’t forget to try trekking Pha Luong mountain with a moderate level of difficulty and wild natural beauty.

3. Pu Luong Nature Reserve

Pu Luong Nature Reserve is one of the lesser-known eco-friendly trekking sites in Northern Vietnam. Remote, rustic and extremely beautiful, this is an ideal spot where you can feel truly refreshed. In some villages of this nature reserve, you can't even connect to 4G. It means you are truly immersed in nature.

About 160 km from southwest of Hanoi, Pu Luong is a wonderful spot for weekend getaways for not only local people but also international visitors. It is well known for the beautiful scenery of 2 mountain ranges on both sides, creating a lush green valley in the middle and dotted with traditional ethnic villages. Coming here, you will get some unforgettable experiences with friendly locals like being invited for a cup of tea or joining a dance after dinner.

4. Ba Vi National Park

Ba Vi National Park is one of the most prominent places in Vietnam, where there are beautiful natural landscapes and interesting activities for young people. Surrounded by three peaks, it offers you a relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle of the city with its cool fresh air and mystical atmosphere of floating clouds and clouds. Green tropical rainforest. The national park offers plenty of hiking and sightseeing opportunities in this mountainous region with its many hiking trails and slopes.

In addition, there are also some worth-seeing attractions inside the national park like an orchid garden, a bird garden, and a temple. Especially, after 30-minute climbing to the temple, you will have a chance to admire the panoramic view over some valleys. Besides, resorts here also provide you with some special experiences like mud baths, hot springs, wet steam baths.

5. Hai Van Pass

Hai Van Pass, also known as Ocean Cloud Pass, is a short but scenic road that winds around a mountainside above the East Sea. The pass is very important because it is a climate divider, a strategic military post in the past, and also a geographical and political boundary between ancient kingdoms. Now, it is a great road connecting famous destinations of Central Vietnam such as Da Nang, Hoi An and Hue.

While it's not the biggest road in the country, it still offers plenty of riding fun, light traffic, great views, and good connections from several cities. Driving over the pass, you will experience 2 feelings: fear when seeing the dangerous bends of the road and surprise when crossing the clouds looking down at the sea below. So this place is worth testing your driving skills.

6. Lak Lake

Lak Lake is the largest natural freshwater lake in the Central Highlands connected to the Krong Ana River. The lake is 5 km wide, is always deep and green. Surrounded by mountains, the lake has calm water and vast primaeval forests with many different species of flora and fauna. Visiting the lake, you can also experience the indigenous culture of the Central Highlands in neighbouring villages such as Jun village, Mo Lieng village. In these villages, local people still live in traditional longhouses, bamboo walls, thatched roofs, with a herd of more than 20 elephants.

Not only visiting the lake, but visitors will also have the opportunity to participate in interesting activities such as playing the gongs, playing To Rung musical instruments, dancing with ethnic people, riding elephants, riding canoes on the lake. The environment of the lake is quite well protected and you will have the opportunity to discover 43 species of fish, crabs, shrimp and snails that live in the lake.

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