A complete guide to Vietnam trekking tours

Getting ready for your dream vacation and want to make Vietnam trekking tours a part of it? Keep reading because this is the complete guide.

While we have touched on different trekking paths in the past (like Sapa to Ta Phin and Sapa to Ta Van) we wanted to give you a complete picture of how to book your tours from start to finish.

Here we will talk about what to think about before your trip, how to plan your trip, and the execution of your plan once you arrive.

Dreaming of Vietnam Trekking Tours? Get In Shape

This tours can be very intense physically. It's a good idea to start training sooner rather than later. Even if your trip is booked a year from now it's never too early to begin your training.

Build up your endurance, strength, and fitness levels gradually over the course of many months to avoid injury from overuse. You'll want to start short and add more time, distance, and terrain variations to your hikes. It's awesome if you can find terrain near your home that will be similar to your tour trail.

In addition to walking training, you'll also want to add resistance leg strength training in the gym. Make sure you are building muscle in your legs throughout your training period. This way, if you encounter problem terrain or if the trail is more demanding than you thought you will have the extra muscle to handle it.

The more you train at home the more successful and enjoyable your Vietnam trekking tours will be. Don't leave training until the last minute. Also, we wouldn't suggest booking a tour at the last minute with no time to prepare. The physical demands of these tours are not for the faint hearted or out of shape.

Grab the Best Gear For Your Tour

Make sure to get the gear for your trip well in advance as well. It's no use to buy brand new hiking shoes right before you leave and not train in them first to make sure they'll work.

Your gear needs to be effective, light, and comfortable for the long traveling days of your Vietnam trekking tours. Make sure you have chosen a hiking shoe with the proper sole and ankle support that fits correctly and break them in before the trip.

Don't forget hiking socks that wick moisture away from your feet. Make sure you wear these socks with the shoes to make sure they work together well. If you can find socks that wick moisture away from your feet but are also water proof, even better.

Get your backpack and walking sticks early as well. As you near the date of your trip you'll want to start training with these items in tow and packed. This way you can get used to the weight and feel of having everything with you.

If you tire too quickly you need to re-evaluate the weight of your pack and what you'll bring with. Stick to the necessities and know the route well so you'll know where you can stop to replenish if needed.

Be Prepared for Everything

How do you decide what to pack for your Vietnam trekking tours? It's a good idea to have a basic list ready beforehand. A good list should include:

    One day's worth of pack plus one. They will keep any larger luggage you have back at your main tour office.
    Lightweight waterproof rain jacket
    Winter jacket - Depending on the time of year
    An extra pair of shorts and an extra shirt - for when you sweat through what you brought
    Bug Spray
    Band Aids
    Good hiking shoes and extra socks

Book The Right Tour For You

Your best bet is to go with a guided excursion with a homestay location. This treks will have you taken care of with all your food and lodging planned in advance. This will also offer you a more authentic experience and you will be able to see more beautiful nature and meet more of the local people in the surrounding areas.

Sapa is a touristy town so if you like that you can certainly hike up and come back each day to stay at a hotel in Sapa if you would wish. The restaurants and other places around Sapa offer many happy hour specials, food, drinks, and a party atmosphere if that's what you like.

Getting to Sapa involves some travel from the main cities. You can choose from either the sleeper train or the sleeper bus. While there are benefits and drawbacks to both here are a few of the main points.

The Sleeper Train

    More expensive than the bus
    More comfortable
    The rattling of the tracks make it hard to sleep
    9-hour trip
    Requires additional travel to and from the train station when you return

The Sleeper Bus

    Much more affordable than the train
    More efficient only taking 6 hours to Sapa
    Reclining seats but not great for taller people
    No toilets so the bus makes toilet stops
    You'll probably get better sleep on the train than the bus

You can book your Vietnam trekking tours with any number of local tour guides and have an amazing time. Contact a local tour booking agent and they will advise on the best tour for your budget and the experience you're looking for.

Make sure you ask lots of questions so you know exactly what your trip will be like when contacting the agent. Let them know your preferences and what type of experience you're looking for. A good agent will make sure you get the best bang for your buck.

The Wrap Up

We hope this guide will help make your Vietnam trekking tours dreams into realities. Make sure you keep these things in mind when booking your trip and training for the trek. The last thing you would want is to get all the way to Sapa and have to turn back because you weren't prepared.

We are excited for you to see the gorgeous landscapes of rural Vietnam. Come smell the fresh air while breathing in the beautiful vistas. Sit down for a hot bowl of noodle soup with a local. Treat yourself to one too many rice wines and make memories that last a lifetime.

Are you ready to customize your dream trip and experience? We want to help you make your visions into realities. Come explore Vietnam with us by reaching out to us today. Have a story to share? Leave a comment below.
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