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Top National Parks in Vietnam

Vietnam – Considered as South East Asia’s most beautiful country, admired by travel enthusiasts and nature lovers worldwide for its diversity in the splendid natural beauty; from prepossessing soaring mountains in the Northern region all the way down to the enchanting islands of white sand in the South, Vietnam continues to have a special charm to itself and is revered as a traveler’s paradise.

At some of the best places in Vietnam, you will find nature at its absolute best and to experience it to the fullest, visit the top national parks in Vietnam. Get to plunge into mystical caverns in the vast dense jungles that are seen blending in with the Limestone Mountains that tower over sinuous rivers and engulf a very diverse wildlife.

Here are the Top National Parks in Vietnam!

1. Nui Chua National Park, Ninh Thuan Province

Located on the East edge of the Annamite mountain range, the glorious Nui Chua National Park commands a view of the most well-preserved and arguably the cleanest areas on the East Sea’s coastline. It is a known fact that Vietnam travel is best done on two wheels and it happens to be the same in the case of visiting the Nui Chua National Park. As one of the best national parks in Vietnam, you will find this country’s most thrilling coastal roads fringing the region of the Nui Chua National Park. This arid national park is known to be home to bears, birds, primates and bats that wander the hillsides. An interesting fact about the shoreline here is that a number of endangered turtle species reside here.

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2. Cat Ba National Park, Hai Phong

If you’re travelling in the Northern parts, make sure you visit the Cat Ba National Park, one of the top national parks in Vietnam. This entire region will blow your mind with its wild vibe, as the surreal jungles and the mist find an extraordinary connection. Trekking in Vietnam is quite exhilarating and you can enjoy some moderately difficult treks inside the Cat Ba National Park. While you’re there, don’t miss a chance to observe the white-headed langurs, a majority of which are the last remaining on Earth and are found here.

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3. Ba Be National Park, Bac Kan Province

Home to numerous ethnic minorities such as the Dao, Tay and Hmong, the Ba Be National Park in Vietnam is a place where you will have an opportunity to experience tradition in a very unique way and get to live like a local in the homestays. The Ba Be National Park is one of the best national parks in Vietnam and here you’ll find soaring limestone mountains connected to beautifully cascading waterfalls that make their way to the largest lake in Vietnam – the Ba Be Lake. Get in touch with the homestay and guesthouse management, who will arrange some superb trekking for you in the region. Don’t miss a chance to explore the cavernous limestone grottos there by boat.

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4. Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, Quang Binh

As a UNESO World Heritage Site, the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park in the Quang Binh province of Vietnam is one of the best national parks in the world and holds some of the most beautiful natural assets in all of Asia. Mountains, rivers, caves, jungles, valleys, you name it! When you travel to Phong Nha, you’ll surely find a wide array of activities to choose from, places to see, things to try, traditions to learn from and much more! What makes the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park one of the top national parks in Vietnam is the fact that it is home to some of the world’s most gigantic and astonishing caves; the most prominent ones being the world’s largest cave – Son Doong, the third biggest cave in the world – Hang En, the cave with the rarest cave formations ever seen – Hang Va, one of the most marvelous and extraordinarily mysterious cave systems in the world – Tu Lan Cave System and other incredible tourist caves like the Phong Nha cave, Paradise Cave and Dark Cave.

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5. Bach Ma National Park, Hue Province

On your Vietnam travel journey, you just can’t miss the Bach Ma National Park in Hue. It’s considered to be among the best and most peaceful places to visit in Vietnam, despite a gradual growth in the area’s tourism. As one of the top national parks in Vietnam, this old hill station offers travellers some amazing hiking trails, stunning waterfalls, lots of wildlife and even a campsite! Lying midway between Da Nang and Hue, this National Park remains easily accessible and gives you an incredible jungle trekking experience along with some great Mountain ranges to be explored when you travel Vietnam. It is believed that about 65,000 tribal minorities live inside the national park’s ‘buffer zone’; this includes a community called the Khe Su hamlet and can be visited while you’re in the park. Make sure you also check out the French Villas here, that dot the landscape.

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6. Con Dao National Park, Ba Ria – Vung Tau Province

As Vietnam sees such a rapid growth in the tourism, there are very few places where you can still find peace and admire the beauty of Mother Nature. The Con Dao National Park is undoubtedly one of the best national parks in Vietnam and maintains its tranquility through the bustling growth of the country. Apart from taking flight from Ho Chi Minh City, you can reach this immaculate archipelago of lush greenery by taking a ferry about 80 KM into the East Sea. Located on the main island called Con Son, the Con Dao National Park has some of the most amazing coral reefs and white sand beaches in Vietnam. You will also find endangered sea turtles along the shorelines here!

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7. Phu Quoc National Park, Kien Giang Province

The Phu Quoc National Park is one of the most beautiful national parks in Vietnam and is based in the Northwest corner region of the country. Vietnam’s most popular island, Phu Quoc, nests inside it over 1000 different species of plants, along with about 200 species of fauna. You will find 100 feet high Dipterocarp trees in the incredibly rare and ancient forests of the Phu Quoc National Park. If you enjoy hiking and camping, you can do it here through the Ganh Dau village.

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8. Yok Don National Park, Dak Nong – Dak Lak Province

The Yok Don National Park is the largest among the top national parks in Vietnam and is actually home to the last remaining leopards and wild elephants in this land of South-East Asia. If you’re looking for a proper unfrequented and wild vibe in Vietnam, visiting the Yok Don National Park is a great idea! You won’t find any large tourist groups swarming the area here and you can participate in some brilliant guided day and overnight treks wherein you’ll be taken through the spectacular dry forests of the region and appreciate the beauty of the Yok Don National Park all the more!

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After having visited these majestic national parks, you can also check out the top reasons to visit Vietnam or get a unique adrenaline pump while exploring Vietnam’s top caves to plan your Vietnam travel itinerary better!

Oxalis Adventure Tours:

ONE DAY TOURS

If you are seeking a taste of the caves and really don’t have enough time then we recommend a one-day cave and jungle trek. We currently have three tour options for you to select, each with a slightly different style and suitability.

• Phong Nha National Park 1-DayOur family adventure in the Phong Nha offers a great taste of untouched jungle and impressive wild caves. It is the easiest level of adventure but there is still 5km of trekking and 2km of caving, and optional swimming during warmer weather into one cave. It’s suitable for kids from 12 and above with good fitness, and so this makes for a great day for everyone! It costs VND 1,650,000 per person (USD 72).

• Tu Lan Experience – 1 DayThis is one of our original one-day tours and still one of the best adventures in Vietnam. This one-day tour includes rock scrambling, 50m swimming through a wild river-cave, and up to 9 km of trekking through the lush jungles. You will also strap yourself in for a 15m descent down a ladder. It costs VND 1,800,000 (USD 78) per person.

• Hang Tien Discovery – 1 DayThis one-day tour is perfect for trekking enthusiasts eager to see the largest cave of Tu Lan but without time for the two-day experience. Hang Tien is a dry cave so no swimming required, but still includes up to 4km of trekking through mostly flat jungle and about 500m exploring this incredible cave that will no doubt impress with its grandeur. It costs VND 2,000,000 per person (USD 87).

TWO DAY TOURS

Our most popular cave adventures start from two-days providing an immersive jungle and caving adventure, each targeting a slightly different kind of adventure-seeker, or perfect for those who want to combine a couple of tours to see different caves and areas on one trip to Phong Nha.

• Tu Lan Cave Encounter – 2 DaysOur most popular tour exploring the famous jungle area of Tu Lan. On this overnight camping excursion, you will trek through a number of different dry caves, swim up to 500m through a couple of river caves, witness outstanding cascading waterfalls underground as featured in National Geographic, and spend the night at our jungle camp beside a gorgeous waterfall. It includes 12km of trekking and 3km of caving in total and is for those with a good adventurous spirit. It costs VND 5,500,000 per person (USD 239).

• Hang En Cave Adventure – 2 DaysFor two days, this is our best-value-for-money tour that includes one of the most jaw-dropping natural landscapes you will see in this lifetime. This cave is considered the second largest cave in Vietnam and third largest in the World, and it also makes up one night of the original five-day Son Doong Cave Expedition being so close to the largest cave in the world. It includes visiting Ban Doong Ethnic Village, located in the jungle, and a magnificent campsite on a sandy beach inside the cave. It includes 22km of jungle trekking at times quite rocky, multiple knee-deep river crossings, and elevation change of 400m (the ‘hill’ you won’t forget), and 4km of caving. This is a level 3 adventure on a scale of 1 to 6. It costs VND 7,600,000 per person (USD 330).

• Hang Tien Endeavor – 2 DaysA two-day trek into the jungle to see the largest dry cave of the Tu Lan area, exploring 5.5km of this truly stunning cave, with a variety of karst formations. This 13km trek is suitable for those not too keen on cave swimming or too many hills, but still up for an adventure. This is a level 4 adventure between 1 and 6, with 6 being the most challenging. It costs VND 6,500,000 per person (USD 283).

• Hang Va Expedition – 2 DaysA technically challenging, but equally rewarding two-day caving adventure in the heart of Phong Nha National Park. This tour takes you deep into the jungle to one of the most spectacular river-caves, with formations not seen anywhere else in the world! It involves rock scrambling, wading through an underground river, bouldering and rope-traversing within the cave, to reach the rarest tower cone formations. This involves quite a lot of technical work due to safety, but is not overly difficult, it includes 10km of trekking and 3 km of caving.  This is a level 4 adventure, with 6 being the highest. It costs VND 8,000,000 per person (USD 348).

THREE-DAY TOURS

Now, if you really want to increase the adventure and soak up the wild jungle of Vietnam, with plenty of time to relax and enjoy the area, we highly recommend a three-day caving tour of our Tu Lan or Hang Tien.

• Wild Tu Lan Cave Explorer – 3 DaysThis tour incorporates the very best of Tu Lan with two different jungle campsites besides stunning waterfalls, 3km of cave exploring through a number of caves, 1km of cave swimming and visiting some additional areas not included on our shorter experiences. Our three-day tour is very popular and tends to be booked out so get in quick to enjoy this thrilling jungle adventure. It includes 17 km of jungle trekking and with quite a bit of swimming you will need to have a good level of fitness. It is not for the faint-hearted, but still only considered level 3 adventure level compared to level 4 of the Hang Tien 3-day tour. It costs VND 8,000,000 per person (USD 348).

• Hang Tien Exploration – 3 DaysThis three-day tour stands out for combining a taste of Tu Lan with some river cave swimming, before crossing a mountain range to reach the valley for Hang Tien – the most astounding dry caves in the region, where you will enjoy trekking, bouldering over various rocky terrains to witnessing breathtaking patterned calcite walls & ceilings of Hang Tien. It’s challenging and definitely more suited to adventure enthusiasts who have trekking experience and prefer more challenging routes. It includes a total of 22km of trekking, 6.5 km of caving and an elevation change of 150m over one particular hillside. You will get wet, you will be challenged, but you will not be disappointed. Hang Tien is located adjacent to the Tu Lan area so you will enjoy the best of both worlds – a level 4 adventure out of 6 adventure levels. It costs VND 8,500,000 per person (USD 370).

FOUR & FIVE-DAY TOURS

For those looking for the ultimate adventure experience in Vietnam, and thriving for the real grand expedition of the world, you should opt for these 4-day journeys to explore the entire cave system of Tu Lan and the largest cave on Earth

• Tu Lan Expedition – 4 DaysYou will also explore all of the extraordinary caves in Tu Lan, including Kim Cave and Secret Cave that boasts phenomenal natural falls and karst formations inside these two unbelievable river caves. Complete a trek through Hang Tien Cave – famed for its vastness and magnificent formations. Our secluded jungle campsites are spectacular and mostly different from those visited on our shorter treks in the same region. This is a perfect alternative expedition for those who are unable to do Son Doong Expedition, still it’s challenging and not recommended for those without experience. It includes an additional night at Chay Lap Farmstay before the tour to ensure you are well rested and ready to depart early the following day. Level 5 on our 6 adventure levels. It includes 30km of jungle trekking, 5 km of caving, about 800m swimming through caves and one abseil in a cave in the pitch black – highly adventurous! It costs VND 15,000,000 per person (USD 652).

• Son Doong Expedition – 4 DaysBy now you would have seen some pictures of Son Doong Cave, and even they don’t do it justice. The record-breaking Son Doong Cave is hands-down one of the most stunning places on this planet Earth. The expedition is tough, but not too difficult so long as you have a strong resolve to achieve. It is surely one of the newest wonders of the world. Son Doong is not just another cave tour – it is life-changing to say the least. It includes 25km of trekking, 9 km caving including rope climbs, and the 90m ascent of the Great Wall of Vietnam using a ladder, elevation change of 400m and many river crossings inside and outside the cave. Level 6 on our adventure levels. It costs VND 69,800,000 per person (USD 3000).

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