Must-discover ecotourism sites in Vietnam (Instagram/tiendp3384)
Ecotourism in Vietnam is known as a kind of tourism with integrated nature and local culture in combination with environment protection of the local community, contributing to preservation and stable development.
At present, ecotourism in Vietnam offers a variety of services that are designed uniquely to cover fauna, flora, mountains, forest, lakes, etc. The world’s protected areas and the natural biosphere reserves include Hạ Long Bay, Phong Nha Cave, Cat Tien National Park, etc.
1. Tam Coc - Bich Dong
This Vietnam ecotourism’s site is also known as “a terrestrial Ha Long Bay”, or the “Vietnam's second nicest grotto”. This entire area consists of the system of limestone caves and historical sites of Vietnam relating to Tran Dynasty mainly located in Ninh Hai commune, Hoa Lu district, Ninh Binh.
General view of “Ha Long bay on earth” (Zensony)
The series of natural beauty in Trang An-Tam Coc has been classified by the Prime Minister of Vietnam as the national monument, especially classified by UNESCO as the world’s heritage.
Unique shape of caves in Tam Coc (Dave Stamboulis)
Tam Coc means three caves including Ca cave, Hai cave and Ba cave that were created by Ngo Dong river flowing through the mountain. Tam Coc is one of the first ecotourism sites to offer boat travel services in Tam Coc-Bich Dong ecosystem tourism zone.
Wandering along the river to enjoy peaceful beauty of rustic villages (Christian Monnig)
A feature of this zone is the beauty of imposing and romantic nature stretching along road sides leading to the cave. Those are rice fields and separated mountain chains that create an amazing picture. Surely Tam Coc-Bich Dong adds a worth-to-visit destination in the map of ecotourism in Vietnam.
2. Phong Nha-Ke Bang
Located in Bo Trach and Minh Hoa communes, Quang Binh province, 50 km Northwest away from Dong Hoi city, 500 km South away from Hanoi, this is one of the ecotourism Vietnam destinations classified by UNESCO as the world’s natural heritage.
Phong Nha-Ke Bang is situated in a limestone mountainous area covering 200,000ha (Instagram/danielthu)
A typical character of this series of caves is its function designed to protect one of two largest karst areas of the world consisting of approximately 300 caves.
Enjoy relax time at a green fresh place (Instagram/elisevanquatern)
Owning to the unique series of caves, the limestone mountain chains here include underground rives; valuable and rare animals and plants listed in the Vietnam Red Book and The World Red Book (IUCN Red List).
In addition to the mild climate, the significant difference of temperature inside and outside the cave also makes specific impression on travelers who are eager on the way to discover the ecotourism in Vietnam.
3. Cat Tien National Park
Situated in the section of five communes Tan Phu, Vinh Cuu, Cat Tien, Bao Loc and Bu Dang, 150 km North away from Ho Chi Minh City, the feature of this national park is the tropical wet low area.
The feature of this national park is the tropical wet low area (Instagram/ebeneacht)
This is also home to unique rhino species left in Vietnam, Javar rhino. The archaeological discoveries open up interesting points that make it become an attractive site to domestic and overseas tourists. Soon they will experiment to raise 30 species of crocodile originated from Thailand in Bau Sau Lake in the middle of the forest.
You will find interesting at this ecotourism place (Instagram/trinhvietanh)
4. Ha Long Bay
Over many years of formation and shaping, Ha Long quickly becomes one of the most favorite ecotourism destinations in Vietnam. This destination remains the most beautiful natural landscape of Vietnam with hundreds of valuable and rare animals and plants.
Autumn in Ha Long bay (destinojet)
Thanks to the diversified sea-based ecosystem together with a series of coral reefs and ocean creatures, Ha Long Bay was recognized the world’s natural heritage in 2007. Therefore, it is recommended as a must-discover place for both local and foreign tourists when it comes to the ecotourism in Vietnam.
Ha Long Bay was recognized the world’s natural heritage in 2007 (Pham Duy Long)
5. Cuc Phuong National Park
As a protected natural area situated in the Northwestern region, Red River Delta and the North Central Region covering three provinces: Ninh Binh, Hoa Binh and Thanh Hoa, the national park has its own characteristic with diversified fauna and flora featured by tropical rain forest.
Majesty beauty of nature in Cuc Phuong national park (Thang Tran)
This is one of ecotourism sites in Vietnam having biological diversification that is highly appreciated such as 2000 botanical species with 887 branches of 221 botanical families.
A very rare species of bird livesin the forest (Paul)
The botanical system of Cuc Phuong also features floral geographic factors including China - Himalaya; India-Myanmar and Malaysia.
It is a peaceful place to relax (Sarita)
Cuc Phuong National Park is known as the center of biosphere and home to a wide range of animals and plants. Despite high risk of extinction, this site is seen as one of respectable signals in research of life and development for the diversified fauna and flora in Vietnam.