Camping in Vietnam

Camping the Ocean Road: Saigon to Nha Trang

Riding the new coast roads from Saigon to Nha Trang, passing superb coastal scenery, is a favourite road trip of mine. All along this route there are campgrounds by the ocean, where you can pitch your tent (or rent one) under palms, eucalyptus, and casuarina trees on the sand, just metres from the surf. New roads have made horrible Highway 1 practically obsolete: only 50km of the entire route is spent on this main artery. A few days riding the ocean roads, admiring the views, swimming in the sea, and camping in the open-air is a fantastic way to experience Vietnam’s south coast. This guide includes a detailed route map and reviews of all the campsites on the Ocean Road from Saigon to Nha Trang.

The map below shows the road route and all the campsites along the Ocean Road from Saigon to Nha Trang. Campsite details and reviews follow after the map. (For more detailed motorbike guidesalong this route click the motorbike symbols on the map and follow the links in the boxes).

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Camping in Dalat

The best thing about Dalat is not the city itself but the natural beauty of the surrounding area: purple mountains cloaked in pine forests stretching into the misty distance. The first time I came to Dalat I remember getting excited on the bus journey as the road climbed higher through jungle and mountains, only to be disappointed on arrival, when I realized that very little of this landscape is visible from the city. What was the point, I wondered, in travelling all the way up into the mountains if, once you arrived, there was no sensation of being there? Of course, most visitors to Dalat go on excursions to waterfalls, lakes and valleys within easy reach of the city. However, because Dalat is such a popular destination for domestic and foreign tourists, these nearby ‘scenic’ sites are often heavily commercialized, busy and underwhelming. To really immerse yourself in the natural setting of this area, rent some wheels, ride a short way out of the city, find a spot in the forest, and camp. Below is my guide to camping in Dalat. For more articles about Dalat see Related Content.


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