Despite a vast loss of habitat due to the saturation bombing, Napalm and chemical defoliants unleashed by America during the war, which caused catastrophic damage to the environment, the astonishing resilience of nature, together with re-forestation programmes, has ensured Vietnam remains blessed with an abundance of habitats, giving rise to an extraordinary variety of flora and Fauna, many of which are unique to the country, and it is not uncommon, even now, for new species to be discovered. 

However, as elsewhere in the world, poaching and illegal trading in wildlife, particularly for traditional medicines, present a continuing and serious problem, despite new laws and the increasing involvement of the Government in awareness-raising initiatives. WWF reports have ranked Vietnam as among the worst for wildlife crime. 

Inevitably, because of these and other pressures occurring as a result of human development, many of Vietnam's diverse plants and creatures are endangered, many even critically, and it is fortunate that the rise of eco-tourism, despite its own inherent risks, has helped to incentivise the creation of 20 National Parks and over a dozen Nature Reserves, aimed at striking a balance between income-generation and the preservation of the natural resources which provide it. For this reason, visitors enjoying Vietnam’s natural havens are themselves a key element in the drive towards conservation. 

Exploring these parks and reserves, which are scattered all over Vietnam and cover a variety of habitats such as forests, wetlands and marine environments, can be a very rewarding and beautiful experience, though it should be noted that some deep forays into Vietnam’s natural treasures may inevitably require compromises in accommodation standards.  

Among the notable rare species of animal to be found in Vietnam are Indochinese Tiger, Clouded Leopard, Asian Elephant, Asian Black Bear, Sun Bear, Siamese Crocodile and many primate species including Black Gibbons, Cat Ba Leaf Monkey and Delacour’s Langur. 

Sheltering in the various habitats of mountain, pine and broadleaf forests, wetlands and mangrove swamps, over 11,000 plant species, including numerous endemic orchids and over 1,000 mosses provide the intricate and diverse biological backdrop for an impressive array of animals, reptiles, birds and insect species, whilst offshore islands and reefs contain over 300 species of coral and are the playground of some 2,000 species of fish.

Country: Vietnam
Type of holiday: Adventure, Heritage, Beach, Trekking, Wildlife
Destinations: Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Con Dao Archipelago
Duration: 15
Guideline price: US$ 3008     (per person for Superior accommodation)
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A delightful tour suited to those who want to leave conventional tourism aside and really connect with the culture and environment of Vietnam, visiting the usually unvisited villages of the northern and central highlands and culminating with a visit to Con Dao Island. Travellers wishing to model a tour on this template should be aware that, in some village locations, the local river will provide your only bathing and washing opportunities.
Country: Vietnam
Type of holiday: Adventure, Wildlife
Destinations: Hanoi, Sapa and beyond, Hue, Ha Long Bay
Duration: 12
Guideline price: US$ 2097     (per person for Superior accommodation)
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This 12 day tour explores some of Vietnam’s precious national parks, from Ba Be Lake in the north, to the island haven of Cat Ba, set amid the stunning vistas of Ha Long Bay, then on to Cuc Phuong and its Primate Rescue Centre, before culminating in the delightful forest trails of Bach Ma.

Country: Vietnam
Type of holiday: Adventure, Wildlife
Destinations: Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City
Duration: 9
Guideline price: US$ 1542     (per person for Superior accommodation)
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This 9 day tour takes you deep into diverse habitats of Vietnam’s wildlife, including Cuc Phuong, Xuan Thuy and Nam Cat Tien National Parks, seeking out the wild creatures that inhabit these areas. With accommodation standards within the parks unsuited to mainstream tourism, this mild adventure holiday is aimed at amateur and professional nature enthusiasts, who enjoy simple living. This template can be adapted for the specialist wildlife enthusiast or Photographer who wishes to focus their explorations on particular habitats or species.
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