10 beautiful mountains in Vietnam to explore

Conquering mountains in the vast natural forests always becomes a strong attraction to travel lovers. Vietnam has a harmonious geographical position between the mountains and the sea and islands, so it owns many beautiful tourist attractions that captivate people.

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Plenty of mountains in Vietnam are very beautiful. Photo: Quangpraha/pixabay

If you would like to conquer the peaks or simply want a scenic journey to the mountains, let’s check the 10 beautiful mountain tourist places in Vietnam below. We range the mountains from the North to the South.

1. Ham Lon mountain in Hanoi

Ham Lon mountain has an altitude of 462m, the highest mountain in Hanoi and known as the roof of the capital. Ham Lon mountain stays about 30km from Hanoi city center, being an ideal weekend destination for plenty of young people.

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Climbing up Ham Lon mountain is a popular activity for young people in Hanoi. Photo:@phan.dang.88

Amid the majestic pine forest of Soc Son nature, Ham Lon mountain becomes an exciting camping spot to help you temporarily forget the busy city.

Besides, the pine forest in Ham Lon mountain can become a beautiful background for you to create and take hundreds of pictures.

You can visit Ham Lon mountain in any season of the year, because this destination has its own beauty in each season, offering a different color. Nevertheless, you should check the weather forecast in advance to avoid rainy days, causing slippery and difficult to move.

2. Tram mountain in Hanoi

Tram mountain, also called Tu Tram Son, belongs to Chuong My district, Hanoi, about 25km from the city center.

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Tram Mountain in Hanoi. Photo: @_thi.nqaan_

Tram Mountain is well-known for 3 temples named Tram Pagoda, Hang Pagoda, and Tram Vo Vi Pagoda. On weekends or Tet holidays, Tram mountain welcomes plenty of tourists.

You may notice the suitable times for you to visit Tram mountain during the year:

If you want to join the Tram pagoda festival, please come here on the 2nd day of the second lunar month.

If you like nature and want to enjoy the scenery of flowers, please travel to Tram Mountain in late March or early April to see the forest of white flowers of Sua trees.

You can choose to travel here between April and May when the temperature is still cool, convenient for climbing or camping activities.

3. Than Tai mountain in Da Nang

Than Tai Hot Springs Park is one of the most favorite tourist places in Da Nang with natural mineral springs and plenty of exciting water activities.

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Than Tai Mountain. Photo: @hoainhikieu

Only stays over 30km from Da Nang city center, Than Tai Mountain has cool temperature all year round, which can give you a good relaxation during the hot days in Danang city. Here, you and your family can enjoy the natural mineral spring water or play in the wave pools.

From April to September of the year when Da Nang has little rain is convenient for your journey to this destination and enjoy the beautiful beaches in this city as well.

>> See more: The most beautiful beaches in Vietnam

4. Ta Cu mountain in Binh Thuan

Besides the cool blue and long white sand beaches in Binh Thuan, you can find a different natural place to explore, which is Ta Cu mountain.

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Ta Cu Mountain. Photo: @gigi_khoathuy

Around 170km from Ho Chi Minh City, Ta Cu mountain has a cool climate all year round, which is a popular place for the people who like to trek in HCMC and Binh Thuan province.

If you have good health and want to challenge yourself, plan a trip to climb more than 1000 steps to conquer the peak of this place. Besides, the journey also gives you a good chance to explore Da Ban Ha, Da Ban Thuong, Doc Bang Lang, Doc Yen Ngua… that if you take a cable car, you cannot see it.

If you have a short time, the cable car service is available for you to enjoy the beauty of this mountain. It takes from 15 to 20 minutes to travel by cable car to reach the cool mountain top.

Ta Cu tourist area still owns wild scenery with a few ancient pagodas. You will find a series of Buddha statues, the most impressive being the 49-meter-long, 11-meter-high Reclining Buddha.

Visiting here every spring, you can enjoy watching yellow apricot flowers, and red apricot flowers blooming in the forest.

5. Chua Chan mountain in Dong Nai

Belongs to Xuan Loc district, Dong Nai province, Chua Chan mountain stays 100km northeast of Ho Chi Minh City. You will find out a fairy scene in the heart of the forest.

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The top of Chua Chan Mountain 837m. Photo: @__dannguyen__

You will explore the beautiful scenery of the mountains and forests as well as admire the sacred temples in this mountainous land. Buu Quang Pagoda is the famous and strangest temple.

Chua Chan Mountain is also an ideal site to organize outdoor activities such as picnics, camping, and especially aerial paragliding activities.

It is the best time to visit Chua Can Mountain, you come here in the dry season of the year, from December to April next year. It is because the road to this mountain top is still wild, so the rainy season is not recommended to come to this mountainous destination.

6. Dinh mountain in Ba Ria – Vung Tau

Dinh mountain stays away over 1-hour drive from Ho Chi Minh City. This tourist area belongs to Long Huong Ward, Ba Ria city, Ba Ria – Vung Tau Province. The hill has been invested by a big group in Vietnam to build a natural ecosystem and wildlife.

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Trekking in Dinh Mountain. Photo: @minhducyb96

Situated in a harmonious beauty between the height of over 500m, Dinh mountain is an eco-tourism exciting destination. Many tourists come to this place for spiritual visiting because this area converges many famous temples, of great religious value with unique architectural features.

Also, the Dinh mountain tourist area can offer a full range of experiences from the adventure amusement park, the green reserve, the French village… All these can make you and your family spend the whole day having fun.

7. Ba Den Mountain in Tay Ninh

Situated in the northeast of Tay Ninh city, nearly 100km from Ho Chi Minh City, Ba Den mountain is famous for the local people and for those who like trekking.

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The statue in the top of Ba Den Mountain. Photo: @lthbao99

Currently, the Ba Den mountain tourist area has a cable car route that easily takes you to the top of the mountain to enjoy the scenery, providing more experience opportunities to explore this peak.

You can find the top of the mountain and create unique photos with the fanciful balcony in the clouds, which gives you shimmering photography angles. Besides the beautiful landscape, Ba Den mountain also has many spiritual tourist sites.

You can visit Ba Den mountain from December to April next year. This time is in the dry season, easy to travel. Especially, from the fourth to the 16th of the first lunar month, you can enjoy the atmosphere of the Ba Den Pagoda festival with the flow of pilgrims on this occasion.

8. Cam mountain in An Giang

Cam Mountain is considered the highest mountain of That Son mountain range in An Giang Province with its cool and fresh climate. Cam Mountain stays 250km from Ho Chi Minh City, so you can choose to hire a car from Ho Chi Minh to come. And then, take the cable car or walk to the top of the mountain. Please note trekking is needed to get good health and more time.

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Cam Mountain has a beautiful tourist area. Photo: @duong181416

At the top of Cam Mountain, you can stay overnight at lovely hotels, and do not forget to experience the sunrise on the mountain.

The most prominent ones are the big temples here such as Big Buddha Pagoda, Van Linh Pagoda, and the mysterious stories about this Forbidden Mountain.

It is good to travel to Cam Mountain in September, October, or November. Although it is the rainy season, this time is the most beautiful floating season in the Mekong Delta. At that time, the melaleuca forest is covered with duckweed all over the water surface, that’s beautiful. And, you can enjoy the specialties in An Giang such as Linh fish, or Dien Dien flower.

9. Sap Mountain in An Giang

Located in Nui Sap town, Thoai Son district, An Giang province, the Nui Sap eco-tourism area covers two famous places, including Ong Thoai lake and Thoai Ngoc Hau temple.

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Sap mountain has developed to become a nice site for tourists. Photo: @22_hn_98

If you travel from Ho Chi Minh City, it takes you about 5 to 6 hours to reach Sap mountain. Currently, although the road to Sap mountain has been widened, it’s still small for the car. So, it is good to hire a motorbike and a driver to drive you to the top of the mountain.

Although not very high, Sap mountain is enough to give you a refreshing feeling thanks to the fresh air. Standing on its peak, you can see the whole town surrounded by lovely rice fields.

At Ong Thoai lake, you can do activities such as duck riding or explore the statues of gods like Shiva, Linga, Yoni, month Pongar, etc.

Then, you can also visit Thoai Ngoc Hau temple, which keeps the ancient Thoai Son stele with historical relics that have survived through the years. Every year, the Ky Yen Festival at Thoai Ngoc Hau temple is held very solemnly on 3 days 10-11-12 of the 3rd lunar month.

10. Sam Mountain in An Giang

Sam Mountain, also called Vinh Te Son, is a 228m high mountain, belonging to the top famous That Son range in An Giang. Although not overwhelmed by the majestic natural scenery, Sam mountain has its beauty to attract tourists to keep coming here.

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Nice view from Sam Mountain. Photo: @__tinib__97

Visiting Ba Chua Xu Temple, Hang Pagoda, Long Son Tu or Doctor Mo’s villa are activities not to be missed when traveling to Sam mountain. Typically, Ba Chua Xua becomes one of the top famous pagodas in Vietnam.

Besides, Tra Su’s primary Melaleuca forest becomes an amazing place for you to be immersed in the peaceful scenery of birdsong, or relax on boats drifting gently along the water.

The best season to visit Sam mountain is in the dry season, from December to April next year. The most ideal time to visit Ba Chua Xu Temple is from 22-27 of the fourth lunar month when the biggest festival in the Mekong Delta is held here.

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