The far North Vietnam

Thanks to its spectacular wild fascination, the far north of Vietnam holds a very special location in hearts of many travelers. This amazing region boasts a eminent charm with shining rice terrace fields, rough mountains and the magnificent ethnic minority hill tribes. Indochina holidays Vietnam

The far North Ha Giang
The far North Ha Giang – source: vietnamrides.com

Coming to this region in fall to admire its golden rice fields or in spring to see the forest flowers in flowering blossom to let you enjoy this land at its very best. Depending on your schedule and hobby, it might take you from one to two weeks to enjoy all these amazing things of your trip. No matter what form of traveling you choose ranging from a group tour to exploring the place by your own, do not forget to have an experienced guide with you, so that you will not miss out on the many attractive highlights waiting for you in the rugged far north. No sooner than having setting your pace here, will you fall in love with this destination where time seems to stand still and paradise meets earth.

Towering waterfall in the far North Vietnam
Towering waterfall in the far North Vietnam – source: mydestination.com

Majority of the region is wild and unreachable, though it owms some of the most awe-inspiring sceneries in Vietnam, dispersedly populated by a seductive mosaic of ethnic minorities. The northwest area where the highest mountain range of the country together with the highest top, Fan Si Pan, rises suddenly from the Red River Valley is the most popular choice among tourists. Within the shadow of Fan Si Pan situated Sa Pa, an easily reachable former French hill station, well known for its friendly minority peoples and for its incredible scenery providing you many trekking opportunities to distant hamlets. Taking part in a couple of hours’ drive away on the other side of the Red River to Bac Ha, the town has one of the most colorful out of all minority groups in the form of the Flower Hmong, whose markets bring you great fun. Tours in Vietnam

Friendly mountain people
Friendly mountain people – source: pedaltours.co.nz

East of the Red River Valley, the little-visited provinces are also worth your attention, particularly the spectacular scenery and mountain people in the edge area of Cao Bang and Ha Giang provinces. Ba Be National Park, where the largest natural lake of Vietnam hides among forested limestone cliffs and impassable jungle is also located in the northeast region. It is no surprise that the infrastructure throughout the northern mountains is poor: amenities seem to be thin on the ground, and some roads are in very bad condition. Despite all of the difficulties, this region is gradually becoming a popular destination with tourists since many Hanoi’s tour agents organize various new tours and independent travellers explore unmapped terrain by jeep or motorbike.

No matter of what means of transportation you choose ranging from public transport to your own vehicle, you normally need about six days’ actual travelling time to visit all destinations of the northwestern region.

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