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Top 8 Vietnam Mountains: Some of the World's Most Spectacular Peaks


Vietnam Mountains Overview

Vietnam is a mountainous country with 4561 named mountains scattered throughout the country. Vietnam’s topography includes highlands, mountains, and coastal plains. From towering peaks to scenic hills, different parts of the country have different mountainous landscapes.

Northern Vietnam mountains like Fansipan and Ngoa Long, are characterized by peaks, forests, terraced rice fields. Central Vietnam mountains include Marble Mountain and Bach Ma. They are known for scenic beauty, limestone and karst formations, rich biodiversity. In southern Vietnam, mountains like Black Virgin Mountain nourished rich local culture and religious life.

Vietnam mountains have attracted countless visitors. Whether you’re a casual hiker or experienced climbers, adventurer or photographer, these mountains in Vietnam will exceed your expectations. Here are the top 8 Vietnam mountains to read about while planning your Vietnam tour.

1. Fansipan – Highest Mountain in Vietnam

Fansipan is the tallest mountain in Vietnam, as well as the Indochinese peninsula. So it is known as the “Roof of Indochina.” It is 3,143 meters (10,312 feet) above sea level in the Hoang Lien Son mountain range near Sapa. This mountain range is where Vietnam mountain marathons usually take place. Fansipan is part of the Hoang Lien National Park.

The climb to the summit of Fansipan can be pretty challenging and can take from one to three days. But the hike is certainly rewarding. Along the way, you’ll see lush forests, diverse plants and wildlife. The mountain is home to many rare and endemic species of plants and animals.

Fansipan Mountain in Sapa
Fansipan Mountain in Sapa
  • Location: near Sapa, Lao Cai Province, North Vietnam
  • How to Get There: take a train or a bus to Sapa. Then the easiest way is to take the Fansipan cable car. Or hikers can book a guided tour that departs from Sapa city
  • Best Time for Visit: October till April, when it is cool and dry, ideal for hiking
  • Recommended Hotels: Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa, Aira Boutique Sapa Hotel & Spa, Sapa Horizon Hotel
  • Tips:
    1. Temperatures can drop by a lot in the mountain, so dress in layers
    2. Be prepared physically for a challenging hike
    3. Carry plenty of water and snacks if you are hiking

2. Marble Mountain – Best Vietnam Mountain to Visit

Marble Mountain might be the best mountain to visit when you travel to Vietnam. It is a cluster of five marble and limestone hills in Da Nang. Marble Mountain is nationally renowned for its caves, statues, and pagodas, as well as a panoramic view of the surrounding area. It is also an important religious site for Buddhists.

Thuy Son is the highest and most famous hill of Marble Mountain. Explore the Huyen Khong Cave. See the amazing lighting and rock formations inside. Admire the giant Buddha statue in Linh Ung Pagoda. Marble Mountain is also close to many cultural wonders of central Vietnam. Learn about local craftsmanship of the mountain people in Non Nuoc Village or visit Hoi An ancient town.

The Marble Mountains Limestone Cave
The Marble Mountains Limestone Cave
  • Location: Da Nang, Central Vietnam
  • How to Get There: take a taxi or rent a motorbike from Da Nang city center; it is 20 minutes away. Or book a guided Marble Mountain tour departing from Da Nang
  • Best Time for Visit: March till September
  • Recommended Hotels: Melia Danang Beach Resort, Vinpearl Luxury Da Nang, Hyatt Regency Danang Resort and Spa
  • Tips:
    1. Wear walking shoes suitable for uneven ground
    2. Go in early morning to avoid large crowds as well as the heat
    3. Bring a flashlight for some of the caves

3. Monkey Mountain (Son Tra Mountain) – Views of the Mountain and the Sea

Monkey Mountain, also known as Son Tra Mountain, sits on the Son Tra Peninsula in Da Nang. You’ll have the chance to spot a rich variety of wildlife in this Vietnam mountain, including the endangered red-shanked douc langurs.

There are lush greenery, beautiful beaches, and the iconic Linh Ung Pagoda with its towering Lady Buddha statue. Several hiking trails in Monkey Mountain have views of Da Nang and the South China Sea.

Monkey Mountain Vietnam
Monkey Mountain
  • Location: Da Nang, Central Vietnam
  • How to Get There: go by car or rent a motorbike from Da Nang city center; it is only about 30 minutes away; Or book a guided tour from Da Nang
  • Best Time for Visit: March till September (clear weathers ideal for going outdoor)
  • Recommended Hotels: InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, Fusion Maia Da Nang, TIA Wellness Resort
  • Tips:
    1. Respect local wildlife; keep a safe distance from the monkeys
    2. Wear sunscreen and bring plenty of water; it gets pretty hot in the area

Recommended Vietnam Mountain Tours:

6 Days Vietnam Dong Hoi Tour: Cave & Jungle Exploration

9 Days Northern Vietnam Tour to Sapa & Ninh Binh

14 Days Vietnam In-depth Tour from North to South

4. Ngoa Long Mountain (Lying Dragon Mountain) – Famous Spot for Photography

Ngoa Long Mountain, or Lying Dragon Mountain, is in Ninh Binh province. This Vietnam mountain is famous for views of the surrounding Tam Coc area, often praised to be the “Ha Long Bay on land.” You can get to the top via a series of stone steps. There, you’ll see a dragon statue and overlook limestone karsts, rice paddies, and the Ngo Dong River.

The nearby Mua Cave has amazing stalactites and stalagmites that have attracted many visitors. You can hike there from Ngoa Long Mountain. The top of the cave is famously one of the best photography spots in Vietnam.

Ngoa Long Mountain Vietnam
Ngoa Long Mountain
  • Location: Ninh Binh province, NorthVietnam
  • How to Get There: take a bus or a train to Ninh Binh; then take a taxi or rent a motorbike to Ngoa Long Mountain. Or from Hanoi, it is 2 hours away by car.
  • Best Time for Visit: April till June, September till November
  • Recommended Hotels: Tam Coc Garden Resort, Emeralda Resort Ninh Binh, Mua Caves Ecolodge
  • Tips:
    1. Wear comfortable shoes for hiking; steps may be steep
    2. Bring a camera to capture views from the top
    3. Go in early morning or late afternoon to avoid midday heat

5. Nui Thung Mountain (Angel Eye Mountain) – Unique Natural Formation

Nui Thung Mountain, also known as Angel Eye Mountain, is in Cao Bang province in northern Vietnam. It is famous for a massive circular hole through the mountain, which looks like a giant eye from a distance.

This mountain in Vietnam is surrounded by lush greenery. You’ll see terraced rice fields, rivers, and traditional ethnic minority villages. Angel Eye Mountain is part of Cao Bang Geopark, a UNESCO-recognized site where you can hike, bird watch, and find opportunities for photography.

  • Location: Cao Bang province, North Vietnam
  • How to Get There: a bus ride to Cao Bang from Hanoi is about 6-7 hours. From Cao Bang town, take a taxi or rent a motorbike to Nui Thung Mountain. Or book a guided tour which is the easiest
  • Best Time for Visit: October till April (less rainfall)
  • Recommended Hotels: Saigon-Ban Gioc Resort, Cao Bang Eco Homestay, Khuoi Ky Boutique Homestay
  • Tips:
    1. Join a private tour to know more about local culture
    2. Mountain weathers may be unpredictable sometimes; be prepared for sudden change in weathers
    3. Bring plenty of snacks and water; facilities may be limited in remote places

6. Lang Biang Mountain – the Top of Da Lat

Lang Biang Mountain is near Da Lat on the Central Highlands of Vietnam. This mountain in Vietnam is a popular place for hiking, with views of Da Lat, the surrounding pine forests, the Golden Stream. It is also great for nature walks and bird watching. If you’re into adventure activities, there are rock climbing and paragliding available.

This Vietnam mountain has a romantic legend behind its name. It’s a love story between a boy named K’Lang and a girl named H’Biang, a couple from two different ethnic groups. The two families did not get along, forbade their love. The couple had no choice but to live in the mountains. Finally, the two ethnic groups decided to put aside their history and name the mountain “Lang Biang” in memory of the lovers.

Lang Biang Mountain Vietnam
Lang Biang Mountain
  • Location: near Da Lat, Lam Dong province, Central Vietnam
  • How to Get There: fly or take a bus to Da Lat from Ho Chi Minh City. From Da Lat, take a taxi or rent a motorbike to the foot of Lang Biang Mountain.
  • Best Time for Visit: November till March (best for going outdoor)
  • Recommended Hotels: Ana Mandara Villas Dalat Resort & Spa, Dalat Palace Heritage Hotel, La Sapinette Hotel Dalat
  • Tips:
    1. Weathers can change suddenly so dress in layers
    2. Hire a local guide if you hike; they can ensure your safety
    3. Try local strawberries and coffee; they are two specialties of the area

Recommended Classic Vietnam Tours:

7 Days Classic North Vietnam Tour with Halong Bay Cruise

9 Days North Vietnam Tour with Angkor Wat

16 Days Northern Vietnam Hidden Hilltribes Tour

7. Black Virgin Mountain – Most Famous Southern Vietnam Mountain

Black Virgin Mountain, also known as Nui Ba Den, is near Tay Ninh in southern Vietnam. The mountain is shrouded in local legends. One of them goes that once a Buddhist monk came to the mountain and built a temple. A black lady studied Buddhism, devoted herself to the religion. But her father arranged a marriage for her. The lady died jumping off the mountain to protect her virginity.

Today, Black Virgin Mountain is a sacred site for Buddhists. There is a large Buddhist temple complex with views of the surrounding plains. In Linh Son Thien Thach pagoda, there’s a large reclining Buddha statue. Pilgrims gather to this Vietnam mountain especially during the annual Ba Den Mountain Festival.

You can choose to hike to the top which will take about 6 hours or take the cable car over the lush landscape.

  • Location: near Tay Ninh city, South Vietnam
  • How to Get There: Tay Ninh is about a 2-hour drive from Ho Chi Minh City; you can take a bus or a taxi as well.
  • Best Time for Visit: December till April (dry weathers)
  • Recommended Hotels: Vinpearl Hotel Tay Ninh, Sunrise Hotel Tay Ninh, Victory Hotel Tay Ninh
  • Tips:
    1. Respect the customs, dress modestly, especially at the temple
    2. Wear sunscreen
    3. Ba Den Mountain Festival is a good time to visit Black Virgin Mountain and witness local culture

8. Bach Ma – Vietnam Mountain with Rich Biodiversity

Bach Ma Mountain is part of Bach Ma National Park in central Vietnam near the city of Hue. It is famous for a diverse ecosystems and beautiful waterfalls. The national park is home to over an incredible 1,400 plant and animal species.

Many trails will lead you to viewpoints, waterfalls, as well as forests. The top of Bach Ma Mountain has a spectacular view of the coast below and surrounding countrysides. You’ll also find French colonial-era villas in the park, adding a touch of history to your nature trip.

  • Location: near Hue city, Central Vietnam
  • How to Get There: the national park is about a 1-hour drive from Hue; take a bus or a taxi there
  • Best Time for Visit: February till September (best for going outdoor)
  • Recommended Hotels: Vedana Lagoon Resort & Spa, Pilgrimage Village Boutique Resort & Spa, Alba Wellness Valley by Fusion
  • Tips:
    1. Wear comfortable hiking shoes
    2. You might need to bring bug spray
    3. Go in early morning to avoid midday heat

Recommended Popular Vietnam Tours:

12 Days Vietnam Family Tour with Mui Ne Beach

14 Days Vietnam Honeymoon Tour with Phu Quoc Island

15 Days Vietnam, Myanmar & Thailand Tour

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