The Northwest and The Northeast

HOA BINH - MAI CHAU
Hoa Binh is a mountainous province on the Northeast gateway of Ha Noi and only 70km away from Ha Noi. Traveling by road or river are both convenient. Hoa Binh has a lot of caves and its villages of Thai and Muong minority people have become attractive tourism spots for a long time. Mai Chau valley has become a familiar address for tourists in many years. Departure from Ha Noi, you can take a 70km bus trip to Hoa Binh and then 60km further to reach Mai Chau. During this 60km ride, visitors will pass the 15km Cun pass (doc Cun). This is a rather high pass so that sometimes visitors may feel as if they are traveling in a sea of cloud. When reaching the peak of the pass, people always stop to enjoy the view of a poetic valley surrounded by the mountains; it is Mai Chau, the village of the Thai people. Visitors should spend a night in Mai Chau to enjoy the music from gongs (Cong Chieng), to watch Thai dances, to enjoy the fragrant steamed glutinous rice, and to drink Ruou Can (wine drunken out of a jar through pipes) with Thai girls who are very good at tilling the fields, weaving fabric and embroidering scarves.

SON LA

Historical site with Son La museum and prision.


DIEN BIEN PHU

To visit Dien Bien Phu, a plane from Ha Noi can take you there in more than 1 hour or a trip by car will take you through the 500km roadway to enjoy the beautiful nature of the enormous Northwest mountain region.
Dien Bien Phu is a district of Lai Chau province with the terrain looks like a hollow. It is the place where the heroic campaign Dien Bien Phu took place. The campaign opened on 15 March 1954 and ended on 7 May 1954 with the victory of Vietnam. Today the whole former battlefield has become the relics of the past where tourists come to visit and study the life of ethnic minorities.


LAI CHAU - PHONG THO

Hill tribes and ethnic minority villages.


SAPA - LAO CAI

Located 1,600m above sea level in the far northwest province of the country near the Chinese border, Sapa has remained primitive with hamlets and villages H'mong, Tay, Dao and Xa Pho ethnic minorities, whose markets and festivals add colour and character to the town. The area has an average annual temperature of 18 - 28 degrees in the mountains. Several interesting sites can be visited such as Silver Fall, Heaven's Gate, Cloud Bridge, Wind grotto, Dragon's Jaw Mountain...

  • Lover Market
    It is an ancient tradition, where ethnic minority people go to a partner in every Saturday night.
    Surrounding villages
    Home to ethnic minorities who live the same way they have done for centuries.

  • Fansipan peak
    Exactly 3,143m high, it is the highest peak in Indochina. It has its own special ecosystem, with approximately 1,680 plant species divided into 679 families are found on the mountain. A fascinating destination for anyone seeking adventure.

  • Suoi Hoa relic
    A valley with stone fields where relic of an early civilization was found.

  • Bac Ha Market
    80km from Sapa is Bac Ha town where there is the old famous Bac Ha market. Bac Ha market is not only the place for buying and selling, but also a place for cultural and sentiment exchanging. On the market days, right from the early morning, all paths and mountain roads are full of people and horses pouring to the market. People usually sit in groups around a soup pan ("thang co") eating and chatting.

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