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  • burnthisnow

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    Hello all, I'm landing in Hanoi on June 4 and heading south through the country for a couple of weeks. I'm looking for a few opportunities to get up into some hills and away from the tourist hordes, but hiking information seems elusive. I'm an experienced hiker and climber, and I'll have all the basic equipment I'll need for the terrain and climate.

    I'm guessing northwest Vietnam and the Central Highlands are the best spots, but again, it's not too clear. I don't want trekking "tours" or guided trips (unless that's required by law here), just directions to the trailheads. Anyone have any experience hiking in Vietnam? Many thanks.

    #1 Posted: 26/5/2008 - 04:43

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    National parks are your best bet if you don't want to do organised trekking... Cuc Phuong NP south of Hanoi is a good starting point. I'll dig out some more info and post back tomorrow with more details on parks.

    #2 Posted: 27/5/2008 - 17:23

  • burnthisnow

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    Sounds great, looking forward to learning more. Gracias!

    #3 Posted: 27/5/2008 - 19:39

  • burnthisnow

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    BTW, I'll be in the region for about two months, so I'll very likely be traveling beyond Vietnam into Laos and Cambodia. If there's park info for either of those, too, that'd be swell!

    #4 Posted: 27/5/2008 - 19:51

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    I found Active Travel Vietnam at http://www.denverpost.com/papertrailsarchive/ci_4905810 . Pls check out some adventure guide http://www.activetravelvietnam.com/adventure_travel_guides.html

    #5 Posted: 30/5/2008 - 15:59

  • burnthisnow

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    Great info, thanks!

    #6 Posted: 30/5/2008 - 16:47

  • paradissatr-
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    Well, that's easy. Just go to the North Of Vietnam, moutains are everywhere, it's time for you to wander. Anyway, not everywhere can you access as a normal tourist. So? Get a guide. Enjoy, buddy.

    #7 Posted: 7/6/2008 - 16:42

  • paradissatr-
    avel

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    Posted from within Vietnam.

    Finally, I don't suggest you wandering around the moutains alone. The idea scares me. It's not securities, it's just too much of an unsafety.

    #8 Posted: 7/6/2008 - 16:48

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