1 Trekking around Sa Pa
Exploring the mountainous north is all about stretching your legs, taking in great views of the landscape and spending time with the colourfully dressed montagnards.
2 Weekend markets
Bac Ha Sunday market is full of Flower Hmong, perhaps the most dazzling dressers in the country.
3 Thai minority villages
Around Mai Chau visitors can stay in Thai stilthouses and see shows of traditional dancing.
Gateway to the country’s northernmost and wildest province, where the scenery is simply stunning.
A laidback spot, where you can either glide around in a boat on its glassy waters, or trek to minority villages near its shore