Guidebook Take a detour to Bach Ma National Park

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Take a detour to Bach Ma National Park

Bach Ma National Park is a place where “very few people go,” says Robert Reid at Reid on Travel. “A jungle mountain range with huge waterfalls and fun hikes to smaller ones,” it’s located “smack between Hoi An and Hue, about a five-hour drive,” but instead of taking a bus or train, he advises, hire a taxi to go one-way -- “go over the lovely Hai Van Pass, stop at a beach, and ride up into the hills.”

It’s “an exciting side trip off the beaten path,” recommends Travel Dudes. Part of the Annamite Mountain range, it is “the wettest place in Vietnam” and boosts “an amazing array of flora and fauna … 358 bird species can be found within the park, which is one-third the species of birds found inside the country.” There are also 31 species of reptile and 132 species of mammals. And the 16km walk to the 4,700-foot-high Bach Ma summit from the gate of the park is “straight up on a paved pathway. The trek is not easy, “but worth it … walking through the rainforest is a memory I will not forget.” And the best park about Bach Ma is that “you will have the National Park practically to yourself.”

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