Discover the breathtaking Quang Tri’s Red-Leaf Forest

The sight of a magnificent forest with red leaves in the Quang Tri hydroelectric lake region captures the hearts of all nature enthusiasts.

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Liquidambar formosana is a large, native, deciduous tree that can grow up to 30-40m tall. The leaves are 10-15 cm wide. During autumn, the foliage of the L. formosana turns a beautiful red color. The leaves grow in an alternate arrangement and have a simple, palmately-veined shape with serrated margins. These trees usually grow in woodland areas within warm temperate zones. They require moist soil and can tolerate light to no-shade conditions.

Viewed from above, the forests growing on the hilltops, along the Rao Quan hydroelectric power plant, create an impressive and colorful scenery. Photo: Vietnamnet

Recently, the tranquil red-leaf forest in Khe Sanh town (Huong Hoa district, Quang Tri) has caught the attention of many young travelers who are passionate about nature and beauty. It is located in Khe Sanh town, approximately 70 km from Quang Tri provincial capital. From Khe Sanh town center, visitors can follow Highway 14 to Huong Phung commune, then continue to the hydroelectric lake.

From above, the forest stands on the hilltops, along the Rao Quan hydroelectric power plant, creating a magnificent and colorful scenery.

From Khe Sanh town center, visitors can follow Highway 14 to Huong Phung commune, then continue to the hydroelectric lake. Photo: Vietnamnet

During the season change, the leaves transform from green to yellow, then orange and red, creating a brilliant range of colors and giving the space a picturesque appearance.

Visitors can also engage in various activities such as trekking, sightseeing, and walking in the forest.

Nguyen Duc Hieu, a young photographer living in Quang Tri, expressed his surprise when witnessing this scenery, stating, “I was born in Quang Tri, but I never imagined that my hometown would have such beautiful scenery.”

Visitors can also participate in other activities such as trekking, sightseeing, and walking in the forest. Photo: Vietnamnet

“When I passed by here, I was deeply impressed by the beauty of this forest. It felt like I was somewhere in Europe, so I stopped to enjoy the moment and capture it,” he added.

The leaves’ color transformation generally occurs from September to November. In Huong Hoa District, these trees can be found along Highway 9. Apart from the forest, there are several stunning spots that attract young people and help showcase the beauty of Quang Tri.

The area around the lake remains pristine and untouched, offering a peaceful atmosphere without many tourist services—ideal for those who seek tranquility.

Quang Tri, a coastal province in central Vietnam, is renowned for its rich history and cultural heritage. The province was significantly impacted by the Vietnam War, making it an appealing destination for those interested in exploring its historical significance.

During the season change, the leaves begin to change from green to yellow in a gradual process, eventually turning orange and red, resulting in a brilliant range of colors. Photo: Vietnamnet

One of the most remarkable sites in Quang Tri is the Vinh Moc Tunnels, which served as bomb shelters for local villagers during the war. The tunnels have been transformed into a museum and provide a unique glimpse into the lives of those who sought refuge there during the war.

Another important historical site in Quang Tri is the former Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), which once separated North and South Vietnam. Today, visitors can explore the former battlefields and learn about the significant events that took place during this period of Vietnamese history.

Nguyen Duc Hieu, a young photographer living in Quang Tri, was very surprised when he witnessed the majestic scenery of the red forest. Photo: Duc Hieu Media

In addition to its historical significance, Quang Tri is also home to several beautiful beaches and scenic landscapes. These natural wonders are popular among tourists seeking relaxation and an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. The province is also famous for its traditional villages, offering visitors a glimpse into the traditional rural lifestyle of Vietnam.

Overall, Quang Tri is a unique and fascinating destination that offers a range of experiences, from exploring its rich history to enjoying its scenic beaches. Whether you have an interest in history, nature, or simply crave a new adventure, Quang Tri is a must-visit destination in Vietnam.

Charlotte Pho