Northwest

Northwest

Northwest of Hanoi toward the Chinese border lies the Hoang Lien Son Range, with Mount Fansipan, the highest peak of Vietnam (3,143m). This range was christened the Tonkinese Alps by the French, who took a liking to the cool climate. Limestone largely comprises this Northwest frontier where dramatic hills rise from the plains. From Hanoi to the Northwest several routes will get you there, the most spectacular via Dien Bien Phu to Sapa. At Lao Cai, close by, you can cross into China and continue by rail to Kunming.
Hoa Binh

Hoa Binh

Hoa Binh is a lush, mountainous province in Vietnam's north-western region, some 74 kilometres south-west of Hanoi. Exploring this sparsely-populated region of Vietnam, enjoy scenic trekking tours and the chance to see the distinct cultures of the colourful hill-tribe people who live here, the Muong, Kinh, Thai, Tay, Dzao, Hmong and Hoa people.

Dien Bien Phu

Dien Bien Phu

Dien Bien Phu is the capital of Dien Bien District, Lai Chau province in one of the most remote part of Vietnam. The town is 34km from the Lao Border in the flat, heart -shaped Muong Thanh Valley surrounded by steep and heavily forested hills. It is mostly inhabited by the Thai and H'mong minority people. History is the main attraction here and...

Son La

Son La

Located 320km northwest of Hanoi, Son La makes a good stop for travelers doing the run between Hanoi and Dien Bien Phu. Eighty percent of the province's natural area is covered with mountains. In this mountainous and forested region, the main population is minority groups such as the Black Thai, White Thai, Muong, Ma, H'mong, Dao, etc...

Attractions

Attractions

The Northwest offers captivating mountain scenery; you can hike or trek into valleys around key towns. The hill tribes inhabiting the valleys here include Thai, H'mong, Zao and Muong groups

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