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.

4 Ha Giang

Gateway to the country’s northernmost and wildest province, where the scenery is simply stunning.

5 Ba Be Lake

A laidback spot, where you can either glide around in a boat on its glassy waters, or trek to minority villages near its shore

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