Spectacular surrounds alleviate the strain on one long trek from the southern coast up into the hills

By Tracy on November 06,2018 02:43 PM


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The route is not only marvelous but also dangerous, especially in the wet season. Trekkers should contact the forest ranger in the Ta Nang – Phan Dung region prior to setting out for information and the necessary documents.

Some advice for inexperienced trekkers: have the correct map, do not walk off the trail, and drink water. Don’t panic if conditions are unfavorable; stay calm and consider the situation.

Those planning to trek from Ta Nang to Phan Dung without a guide must bring all equipment and other items. Raincoats are a must, as are the correct map, a compass, sturdy trekking or hiking boots, sandals for getting around at camp, a hat, three or four pair of socks, three liters of water (at least) and enough food for three days, and a medical kit. When traveling in a tour group, food and water are brought by porters, which makes trekking so much easier. Above all, remember to bring a strong spirit.

Any trekking lover should be sure not to miss the Ta Nang - Phan Dung route, one of the most splendid in Vietnam. It passes through the three provinces of Lam Dong, Ninh Thuan and Binh Thuan and is not for everyone. While not extremely tough, it still presents some physical challenges. With a total length of some 55 km, the trek takes three days and two nights and so is best suited to those who feel a need to challenge themselves and are in good shape both physically and mentally.

Exploring the plateau in the wet season (from May to November) takes you through vast scenery decorated in green, making life’s concerns fade and expanding the soul in a majestic wonderland.

Walking from flat terrain to high hills involves climbing slope after slope with legs in constant movement. The paths are slippery, especially during the wet season or after a downpour. The reward for the effort come in the form of marvelous scenery of trees and jungle stretching to the horizon. Standing on top of a vantage point, a majestic and diverse landscape appears in front of your eyes; a vast green panorama of rolling hills and wavy footpaths resembling soft silk stripes from a distance. The fresh air aids the recovery of energy, as does the smell of green grass after rain, allowing the soul to fly away into the wind as Mother Nature impresses yet again.


Most trekking teams spend the first night on top of a hill in Phan Dung ward in Binh Thuan. It began to rain just after our tents were set. We felt fortunate to have beat the weather, and had set up our campfire and prepared our food, which was brought from Ta Nang to Phan Dung by porters on stripped-down motorbikes that could handle the terrain. Most local people are ethnic minorities, such as K’Ho and Raglai, and stories of their daily life and customs inspire every trekker and makes us love this land more and more. Gathering around the campfire, we shared a little jar of wine and introduced ourselves to the other trekkers. The most interesting experience was making friends with people who have the same hobby, sharing stories of trips past and barbequing food and then listening to the rhythm of the falling rain in the forest. No phone, no wi-fi, no Facebook, no Instagram, no Twitter. People became closer, souls were connected, and the value of life was truly understood and appreciated.

It kept raining the whole night, dripping and drizzling over the tents. Bundled up in a sleeping bag and a small insulation sheet, we gradually fell asleep, but not before hearing “In this youth together, shoulder to shoulder travel all over the world from day to night …” coming from a young group nearby.


At dawn, sunlight streamed smoothly through the clouds, though were was a chill in the air. It was wonderful waking up in a faraway place surrounded by mist and clouds, lying inside the tent and watching the fog wafting by. Breakfast was instant noodles, grilled chicken, leftovers from last night’s BBQ, and, of course, coffee. The slopes on the second day became even steeper and were muddier after the overnight rain. It was strenuous, and some began to show signs of tiredness, but we moved along in good spirits. How could we not, in such splendid surroundings? As the path got harder, it seemed the scenery became more stunning.

The second night’s camp was by a clear, peaceful and cool stream, where some bathed and all took a rest. I felt at peace lying on the flat cliff and letting the warm afternoon sunlight brush my face. The morning’s walk was much easier, mostly along flatlands covered in reeds, bamboo and lush greenery. At the house of some local people, we took a shower and enjoyed a hearty meal before heading back to the real world.

This famous and amazing route allows you to breathe in pure fresh air and let yourself flow into nature, listen to the whisper of the wind, and feel the cozy sunlight.

Good luck and have a safe trip free souls!

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