Camping becomes top choice for escaping the city and living with nature

Friday is always a busy day for Bui Thanh Tuyen and her kids as they prepare logistics for their regular weekend camping.

Camping becomes top choice for escaping the city and living with nature
Camping has become a trend among people as they can live closer to nature and enjoy the beautiful outdoors. Photo courtesy of Ngan Thuong

Going camping has become a family habit as they get away from the hustle and bustle of city life and live in the heart of nature.

“My family has gone camping for several years now. I really enjoy this kind of relaxing very much,” Tuyen told Việt Nam News.

“Going camping might not be for busy people as you have to search for information on destinations, arrange your own transportation, and prepare equipment and food, all by yourself.

“However, it has its own advantages: reasonable costs, no hotel fees, fresh air and many others. Personally, I love to experience cooking and enjoying meals outdoors, sleeping in a tent and staying in wild nature.” 

Tuyen suggested some camping venues around Hanoi such as Ba Vi National Park, Ecopark Hanoi, and Soc Son District. For those who want to go further, they can travel to Son La Province’s Bac Yen District for cloud hunting on Ta Xua Mountain; drive to Ha Giang for many flower fields which are blooming currently, or go to the wild beach of Tinh Gia in Ha Tinh Province.

Camping becomes top choice for escaping the city and living with nature
Parents and children enjoying BBQ during a camping trip. Photo courtesy of Bui Thanh Tuyen

Nguyen Linh Thu is a new face in the camping community. Since falling in love with camping about a year ago, Thu has spent a lot of money on camping gear, which is by her side whenever she has free time.

“I have made up a list of destinations that I want to visit, things that will be needed for the trips and prepare a good physique for those days. And boom! Let’s go!” said Thu.

“I usually travel the normal way, resting in hotels and visiting destinations through tours. The COVID-19 pandemic prevented me from enjoying life that way. I accidentally join a group camping and it is my true love,” said the 25-year-old.

“You can camp within a day or overnight, depending on your time and the area. But it is a great feeling waking up far away from home, where you are surrounded by mountains, rivers, green trees and beautiful flowers,” said Thu, who sometimes chooses places where she can enjoy the sunrise and sunset.

Living in the city of Cao Bang, Tran Huy Duc has camped for years and is happy to share his experiences.

“Before each trip, you should prepare the necessary stuff, such as tents, sleeping bags, firewood for a campfire, folding chairs and a first aid kit, all of which can be purchased online,” said Duc.

“It’d be better to choose a site which is closer to a water source because water is really important if you plan to camp for long days. To those who are new to camping, you’d better camp near residential areas where you can have mobile phone signal. If you are more experienced with survival skills, you can camp in wild mountains and jungles.” 

Vu Quynh Huong goes camping for herself and her children as well.


“Sometimes, life is hard. I have faced anxiety, obesity, lack of focus, and even depression. I try to run away from that and going camping is a great way to get outside and unplug from the rest of the world while enjoying nature,” said Huong.

Camping becomes top choice for escaping the city and living with nature
Camping in Hoa Binh Province. Campfires are a favourite night-time activity of campers. Photo of Bae Nena

“While one camping trip may not solve all of my woes, a consistent outdoor lifestyle might, I think. And I have set regular camping trips as part of my life for several years.

“I also find that camping helps children to develop a sense of adventure, even if it’s just for one night is fun. A new environment, unfamiliar sights and sounds, new friends to meet and play with, sleeping under the stars and campfire for chit-chatting, all make for a fun-filled adventure,” said the mother of two boys.

She added that online studying and electronic devices keep many kids away from nature and outdoor activities. It’s time to bring them back to make their childhood as enjoyable as possible.

“It’s never too early to start camping with your kids. Nature is out there, waiting for us to discover, and a family camping trip is a great way to initiate youngsters into the joys of being outside,” said Huong, who mostly goes camping by motorbike.

A camping movement is also blooming in HCM City, where beautiful campsites lure people’s attention no matter how far from the city.

“Can Gio is full of options for you. It’s a nice environment with fresh air, the jungle and fresh and tasty seafood,” said Huynh Le Thuong, a resident in Phu Nhuan District.

Thuong went on a trip with a group of friends aged between 4 and 50 years old, and a puppy.

“Some of us had experience but others were newbies, but it was no problem. Going camping is for fun and to ‘F5’ your life. Here we learn, love and share with each other,” Thuong said.

“Here you can do whatever you want. You can enjoy your own space, walk along the beach or share your happiness with friends, around the campfire with BBQ party. What a wonderful life!”

“Try it and you will love it. There are many other places, hundreds kilometres from the city, like Dau Tieng Lake in Tay Ninh, Tri An Lake in Dong Nai and Phu Quy Island in Binh Thuan. There you can enjoy other outdoor activities such as canoeing, climbing and fishing,” said Thuong, who added that it is vital to clear all of your rubbish from your camping spot, so as not to ruin it for anyone next time.

Source: Vietnam News