More than 70 percent of the 35,000-hectare national park is natural forest, and there are 20 peaks rising 1,000 meters or more
Tam Dao National Park in Vinh Phuc Province is around 85 kilometers northwest of Hanoi and is a summer retreat where you can just wander in the wild or challenge yourself with some mountain hiking.
Visitors have to leave their vehicles at this parking lot three kilometers from the park.
The long walk is very rewarding when you come to a whole new world of fresh air, a lot of trees and perfect quietness. More than 70 percent of the 35,000-hectare park is natural forest.
From the entrance, there are various paths you can take to explore the park, including this through a bamboo jungle.
Or this rocky path with a lot of vines along a stream.
Many trees in the park blossom all year round. There is also a mesmerizing orchid area.
One of many giant old trees in the primeval forest. Many trees are covered in moss due to the high humidity in the park, which is shrouded in clouds and mist most of the time.
Visitors can set up camps at several permitted spots. But you are not allowed to light a fire. And remember to clean up before leaving.
It might take a whole day if you want to conquer one of the peaks in the park, but the overwhelming scene will be your reward. There are more than 20 peaks with an altitude of more than 1,000 meters, with the highest being nearly 1,600 meters.
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