Thing To Do In Northwest Vietnam


Homestay: The main attraction of this area, apart from its superlative natural beauty, is Viet Nam's largest concentration of ethnic groups. Many distinct groups live in this area and, apart from those living around the tourist centre of Sa Pa, their dress, buildings, traditions and lifestyles have changed little over the last hundred years. The markets held in the area attract large numbers of ethnic people to sell the intricately embroidered and decorated clothes and material produced in the villages. Discovery rich culture, Homestay seem is the best way for charming.

Treks: For the fit visitor, the opportunities for trekking are considerable. Overnight stays during a trek are usually in ethnic houses. Washing and toilet facilities are 'au naturelle' and you sleep on the floor in a large communal area – blankets, thin, but adequate, mattresses and a basketwork 'pillow' are provided.

Hiking & Cycling : The ascent of Mt. Fan Si Pan can be undertaken in three or four days, but requires an above average amount of stamina and a head for heights. The route to the top requires no specialist skills or equipment and, provided walkers take common-sense precautions, is safe. Or flow the back road in local area to discover wide deep in to those villages by cycling.

Best time to go: The best times to trek are during the relatively dry months of October, November and December, and March, April and May. The wetter months between these two periods are less pleasant, as the ground is muddy and slippery, and river levels are high. Mountain ascents and heavy trekking are definitely not advisable at this time. However, walking is fine providing you don't mind a few showers.


Attractions: The Northwest Vietnam is the site of the famous battle of Dien Bien Phu, where the garrison was overrun by Viet Minh soldiers in 1954 ending nearly a century of French occupation of Viet Nam. From Hanoi to travel forward to the west direction, the first destination is Maichau, then flowing highway 6 to Sapa, crossing over the Moc Chau, Son La, Tuan giao and then Dien Bien Phu at the mid way, after this place is Lai Chau and Tam Duong then Sapa, the back road is from Dien Bien toward Sapa, start from Tuan Giao then over Than Uyen then Sapa, meet the other one before Tram Ton pass, with the exception of Sa Pa, there are few hotels in the northwest as it is relatively undeveloped. However, homestays are possible for adventurous visitors. Sa Pa has several reasonable hotels, including one of international standard. Those in Bac Ha are very basic. Out of highlights in above, Yen Bai seem a new tourist destination of this area.

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