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5 beautiful camping spots in Vietnam

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If you, like me, always feel better around water, whether fresh or saltwater, then save this list. It is not difficult to find a beautiful campsite, but the 5 points below are not only beautiful, but also very special in each way.

Tri An Lake, Dong Nai


The road from Saigon to Tri An Lake is flat, so the best way to get here is by motorbike. It will only take you about 2 hours to get here. On the way, you can also see bright pink flowers on both sides of the road on summer days. Tri An Lake is most beautiful at sunrise and sunset, when the water surface is as calm as a mirror shining gold. Listen to the birds calling each other in the night, look up at the starry sky, and wake up early the next morning, make a glass of fragrant tea, watch the sunrise. The beauty of Tri An Lake lies not far away, but only in such "ordinary" moments.


Sunrise in the heart of Tri An Lake


Little Island, Ly Son


People usually only visit Little Island during the day, but I've spent almost a week here waking up to the sound of crashing waves just outside the tent door. Little Island has nothing but clear water beaches empty of people, corn fields, garlic gardens along the way and small shady paths weaving between people's houses. The back beach of Be Island is the most beautiful beach in Ly Son. The water is turquoise, clear to the bottom, black rocks sprawl on the background of velvety white sand. One train, one car, then two boats here is well worth it.


Because the facilities on the island are very limited, you should set up a tent in the front beach, eat and rent toilets from the people here. The Little Islanders mainly work as net fishermen, corn growers, garlic growers and are very hospitable.


Ly Son Island, Quang Ngai


Roof Island, Phu Yen


Cu Lao Roof Nha in Phuoc Dong village, An Hai commune, Tuy An district, has an area of more than 1km2 but has quite special scenery. The sea scenery here retains a clear and pristine beauty like most other tourist destinations in Phu Yen, but the space is quieter and more peaceful.


The small island of Tuy An, Phu Yen, has a receptionist that eats away at any fancy hotel I've ever visited: Ms. Hai's naughty piglets. Camping on the beach in front of her house, you will be given the shade of green old banyan trees and curious piglets sometimes come to play. Her son Hai fishes every day, bringing back fresh seafood for you to eat (so the menu will always be a surprise). The next morning, board the boat to the mainland early to feel the bustling trading atmosphere of Phuoc Dong fish market.


The night sky in Roof Island. Photo: Vietnamoi!


Tuyen Lam Lake, Da Lat


Tuyen Lam Lake is so familiar to camping enthusiasts, but I still choose to include it in this list because of the chilly feeling in the early day, the fog glides on the lake, sipping hot coffee in Dalat. Bright sunlight shines through pine forests, speckled on the ground, warming the camper. Some homesteads around the lake grow strawberries and persimmons, and you can ask permission to camp right on their lakeside land. In the afternoon rowing on the calm lake, in the evening to cultivate a sizzling barbecue fire, the simple joys by Tuyen Lam Lake easily make people forget the day.


A lakeside camping session


Cua Tu Stream, Thai Nguyen


Cua Tu stream flows from the top of Tam Dao to the tea hills of Hoang Nong district, Thai Nguyen, and is divided into 7 gates. You can visit the waterfalls from Door 1 to Door 3 during the day, but if you have time, stay at Door 3 camping for a night. Door 3 has a clear lake right at the foot of the waterfall, walking down a little is a stream full of crabs, fish, snails that if you are lucky you will be shown how to catch and eat immediately. At night, when you get used to the sound of streams flowing at the door of the tent, the clear sound of the forest will lull you to sleep soundly.


Cua Tu trek requires physical strength and has many dangerous rock climbs, please contact Mr. Tung Nui, the first person to open this trek, to be guided in the safest way.


Cua Tzu Stream

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