Where are the places to have a good herping trip in Vietnam?

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For those with a special passion for snakes, lizards, and frogs, spending cold nights in drizzly rain, wading through small streams, crossing open forests, or weaving between dense forests was the best thing they could expect.

Once we are passionate about these things, often we will also reduce the need for luxury hotels or move in new cars. Herpers prefer forest and nights out, that’s what we all have in common.

Without the hassle of locals or the area governing body, Herping for reptiles and amphibians would be much more comfortable. However, we can support you to have enjoyable, safe trips and at least have a place to rest your back after a long night of hiking in the woods.

Snake in Cat Tien: Ahaetulla prasina – Asian vine Snake
Snake in Cat Tien: Ahaetulla prasina – Asian vine Snake

There are areas where the density of nocturnal animals is very dense such as Dong Nai NR, which is very close to Ho Chi Minh City, so moving is an advantage.

Snake in Dong Nai Nature reserve: Calloselasma rhodostoma – Malayan Pit-viper.
Snake in Dong Nai Nature reserve: Calloselasma rhodostoma – Malayan Pit-viper.
Snake in Cat Tien national park: Trimeresurus Rubeus  – Ruby-eyed Green Pit-viper.
Snake in Cat Tien national park: Trimeresurus Rubeus  – Ruby-eyed Green Pit-viper.

However, if you prefer a place with a cooler climate and different creatures, you can choose Di Linh plateau in Lam Dong province. Bidoup Nui Ba National Park is located higher than Di Linh, so snakes and frogs here will also make a difference.

Picture of Snake in Di Linh: Trimeresurus Vogeli – Vogel’s Green Pit-viper.
Picture of Snake in Di Linh: Trimeresurus Vogeli – Vogel’s Green Pit-viper.
Picture of Frog in Bidoup Nuiba National park: Rhacophorus calcaneus - Vietnam Flying Frog.
Picture of Frog in Bidoup Nuiba National park: Rhacophorus calcaneus – Vietnam Flying Frog.
Picture of Frog in Bidoup Nuiba National park: Rhacophorus calcaneus - Vietnam Flying Frog.
Picture of Frog in Bidoup Nuiba National park: Rhacophorus calcaneus – Vietnam Flying Frog.
Herping trail in Bidoup Nui Ba National Park.
Herping trail in Bidoup Nui Ba National Park.
Picture of Frog in Bidoup Nuiba National park:  theloderma Vietnamese - South-Vietnamese Bug-eyed Frog.
Picture of Frog in Bidoup Nuiba National park:  theloderma Vietnamese – South-Vietnamese Bug-eyed Frog.

You will need 2 more nights to explore Khanh Vinh, a mountainous district in the west of Nha Trang city, with primeval forest adjacent to Bidoup Nui Ba National Park. This is also a paradise for someone who wants an enjoyable herping trip.

Herping trail in Khanh Vinh.
Herping trail in Khanh Vinh.
Picture of Snake in Nha Trang: Amphiesma snake
Picture of Snake in Nha Trang: Amphiesma snake.
Picture of Snake in Nha Trang: Boiga cyanea – Bamboo Cat Snake.
Picture of Snake in Nha Trang: Boiga cyanea – Bamboo Cat Snake.
Picture of Asian Water Dragon in Nha Trang - Physignathus cocincinus.
Picture of Asian Water Dragon in Nha Trang – Physignathus cocincinus.

You also need more experience looking for reptiles, especially snakes in the coastal dwarf forests, this type of forest is barren, low, thorny, hard leaves … these trees grow on coastal sandhills. Come to Phan Thiet to discover, many kinds of animals during the day avoid the blazing sun of the coastal desert, so that they work at night. You will have a pleasant experience here.

Picture of Snake in Nha Trang: Oligodon arenarius– Sand Kuri snake

In central Vietnam, you can go to Bach Ma mountain, which is also an interesting herping spot. Of course, you must be guided by the staff in this National Park when you want to go experience at night.

Picture of Snake in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park: Rhabdophis subminiature - Red-necked Keelback
Picture of Snake in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park: Rhabdophis subminiature – Red-necked Keelback.

In Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, another paradise for Herpers, there are 4 species of Vipers that can be found here, especially Truong Son Viper and Three horns viper, 2 beautiful viper species that can only be found in this area. To be allowed to go night vision in this National Park, visitors need special permission, we can help you with that.

Vietnambirds service is proud to be a company with a lot of experience in Vietnam in this new field, we have enthusiastic, experienced staff and it is our passion that will make your passion winged.

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