The 8 Most Beautiful and Famous Mountains in Vietnam
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Mountains in Vietnam are always listed among the best in the world to discover thanks to its untouched beauties and ravishing appearances. Apart from their top heights in the world, Vietnam mountains also boast dazzling landscape and a lot of unique features that distinguish with the others. So what are the interesting things you can explore about Vietnam mountains? Let Vietnam Excursion help you find the answers!
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Located in Sapa Lao Cai Province, Fansipan or the so-called The Roof of Indochina is the highest mountain in Vietnam (3143m). The mountain belongs to Hoang Lien Son mountain range - one of the greatest of its kind in Vietnam. Fansipan means “giant stone plate” in local language. According to scientists, it was formed around 250 millions of years ago, between the Permian period in the Paleozoic era and the Triassic period in the Mesozoic era (Wiki). Hence, this stunning region boasts not only rich biodiversity but also majestic looks that you don't want to sleep on it.
The Fansipan Peak on a clear day
To conquer the peak of Fansipan, you have to prepare carefully as it takes you around 4 days to get there. Apart from health condition, you need to have great experiences and skill in hiking, trekking and navigating. Make sure you bring along enough food for 4 days, jackets, medicine, sleeping bags, compass, map and other useful objects. It is recommended to hire a local guide or porter to go with your groups so he can not only shows you the right and safest way to go but also help you carry some stuffs.
Sitting on the peak of the legendary Fansipan (Photo by Cyril's Canvas)
The Captivating Scenery on the way to Fansipan
For those who don’t want to take risks, Fansipan Cable Car is always available. The price is around $40 for 2 ways including mountain-climbing train from Sapa Center. You can book it easily at your hotel or any travel agencies in Sapa center. Besides the once-in-a-life-time journey to Fansipan, tourists can consider Sapa tours to experience easier treks to the ethnic villages and rice terraces in Sapa.
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The most suitable time for taking a visit to the mountain is from September to March in the following year. Especially, you can witness the sublime landscape of Fansipan in February when various mountainous flowers in the valleys start to bloom.
Situated in Da Lat - one of the best honeymoon destinations in Vietnam, Langbiang is the ideal choice to fulfill your mountain exploration series in Vietnam. Not only famous for romantic beauty of pine trees and colorful flowers, the mountain also associated with a touchy love story of K’ho people, an ethnic minority in Vietnam. The boy’s name is K’Lang and the girl’s name is Howiang. In accident, the boy saves girl from fierce wolves in the jungle and they falls in love after that. However, this love is forbidden by girl’s father due to long standing conflicts between two villages where the couple lives. They escape to a high mountain to live their own life. But the destiny doesn’t allow them to have fully happy life. Howbiang perishes due to a toxic arrow of his K’Lang’s villagers and then, K’Lang also passes away due to extreme sadness. For the honor of their loyal love, the mountain where they live, named after the couple. And this mountain is Langbiang as the present time.
The View from the peak of Langbiang
The Road to Langbiang Mountain is always fresh
3. BA NA HILLS
Ba Na Hills was founded in 1919 by the French colonists on the Truong Son Mountains. The hilltop is at an elevation of 1500m, comprises for a fascinating resorts with western-styled building, entertainment hubs and gaming center for children.
Ba Na Hills recently becomes a destination star on famous newspapers, articles and social network thanks to the construction of the Golden Bridge. This phenomenal bridge, hold by the "Hands of Giant Mountain God”, is designed by TA Landscape Architecture to connect the cable car station to Ba Na Hills gardens. What is crazier than walking on the Golden Bridge and admire the breathtaking landscape over mountains, valleys, ocean and Da Nang city below?
The Incredible Golden Bridge on the top of Ba Na Hills
Walking on the Hands of Mountain God
4. PHU SI LUNG, LAI CHAU
At an altitude of 3076m, Phu Si Lung ranked the third of the highest mountains in Vietnam after Fansipan (3143m) and Phu Ta Leng (3096m). However, this must be the most difficult mountain in Vietnam to conquer due to its long and arduous journey to reach its peak.
Departing from Pa De Su's border post to the peaks of Pu Si Lung peak, climbers need to take at least 4 days and 3 nights trekking through over 100km up and down of rugged forest trails, mountain cliffs and streams. Although the journey is long, the unspoiled scenery and natural beauty in this region can easily blow your mind.
On the way to Phu Si Lung Peak (Photo by Hachi8)
Not like Fansipan, there’s no cable car to get to the peak. Hence, if you’re searching for extreme hiking challenges to conquer in North-Western Vietnam, then just put Phu Si Lung at the top of your list.
Stunning Views you will get on the way to Phu Si Lung
How to get to Phu Si Lung
Phu Si Lung Mountain is located at the remote district of Muong Te, Lai Chau Province, 527km North west of Hanoi. It takes 11 hours to get there on mountain roads and passes of Northern Vietnam. It is recommended to take a local bus named Ngan Ha that departs from My Dinh Bus Station straight to Muong Te, Lai Chau.
5. BA VI, HANOI
Located 60km west of Hanoi City, Ba Vi Mountain Range solemnly stands at the heart of Ba Vi National Park - the green lung of Hanoi and surrounded provinces. Ba Vi Range comprises for several high peaks, in particular, the highest ones is Nui Vui or King Mountain (1296m) and Tan Vien Mountain (1281m). Conquering Ba Vi National Park is also a great chance to explore the biodiversity of Vietnam wildlife as it is home to hundreds species of flora and fauna.
Apart from trekking and hiking, tourists will surely encounter a lot of fascinating attractions and activities in Ba Vi. You can also admire the mind-blowing paranoma of Ba Vi District, forests, rice paddies below. The entrance fee of Ba Vi National Park is 40,000 VND (less than $2).
The Stunning View on the peak of Tan Vien Mountain
6. HAM RONG, SAPA
At an elevation of 1800m, Ham Rong Mountain is renowned as the most sublime scenic spot in Sapa. The destination is a wonderful place to watch beautiful gardens with special flowers of temperate zones such as orchids and peach blossoms.
There are 3 ideal spots for sightseeing in Ham Rong Mountain. The first one is orchard garden 1 where you can behold Sapa ancient church hiding under the old trees’ shading. The second one is Sapa telecommunication station where you can gaze out Fansipan Mountain – the highest one in the Indochinese peninsula. And the final one is cloud yard where you can have an impressive panorama of Sapa town below the mountain’s foot.
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7. BACH MA, THUA THIEN HUE
Bach Ma or White Horse Mountain is one of the best mountains in Vietnam for trekking thanks to its breathtaking beauty. Taking on the path for conquering Bach Ma mountain range, visitors will have an opportunity to enjoy its stunning landscapes and catch many rare species listed in Vietnam Red Book. For its romantic scenery, French built magnificent mansions for their laid-back in 20th century.
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8. MARBLE MOUNTAIN, DA NANG
Marble Mountain or Ngu Hanh Son Mountain It is a complex of 5 mountains, including Kim, Moc, Thuy, Hoa, Tho. Those names are based on 5 factors of Ngu Hanh – important elements of Eastern philosophy. Each mountain offers the feeling of tranquility and purity. Hiding under lush trees’ shading, the ancient pagoda was erected many centuries ago, which brings unique experience about Vietnamese Buddhist culture for a long time.
Visiting Marble Mountain surely offers you an insight into Buddhism in Vietnam as you can easily reach 2 of most sacred pagodas in Da Nang – Tam Thai and Linh Ung. Despite being suffered from guns and bombs in the American War, especially the battles in 1969, these 2 pagodas are standing still, containing a lot of beautiful architecture and mysterious features.
From the peaks of Marble Mountain, you will have a sublime overview of Non Nuoc beach. This site is extremely suitable for water sports and it also used to be the destination for international surfing in the past time.
The entrance fee to Marvel Mountain is 15,000VND (Less than $1). For those who are too old to climb to the top, elevator is available at Marble Mountain for 15,000 VND per person each turn.
How to go to Marble Mountain
Marble Mountain is located in Hoa Hai ward, Ngu Hanh Son district, about 10km south of Da Nang city center. To reach the area of Marble Mountain, you can transfer by motorbike or taxi on 2 ways: in the city center and on the seaside roads of Vo Nguyen Giap and Truong Sa.
The impressive panorama on the top of Marble Mountain
» Above are the most famous and beautiful mountains in Vietnam you shouldn't miss in your Vietnam trekking tours. For more useful tips and information about destinations in Vietnam, please have a look at our Vietnam Travel Guide.