Arguably one of the most beautiful places in Indochina, northwest Vietnam offers the more adventurous traveler an authentic taste of traditional hill tribe life.
The majestic mountains rise dramatically from the fertile plains and numerous rivers and streams provide ideal conditions for the terraced paddy fields to thrive.
Visit a local market
Woven into this dramatic landscape are the simple houses of the ethnic minorities who continue to live a lifestyle that has remained unchanged for centuries. If possible we will time your trip to coincide with one of the bustling weekly markets that take place in the villages dotted among the surrounding hills. These markets are an undisputable highlight and many colorful ethnic minorities come down from their settlements to trade.
Whilst pockets of the northwest have already been discovered, for the more determined traveler who is prepared to venture off the beaten track the rewards are immense.
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Places to visit in Northwest Vietnam
Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting Northwest Vietnam, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travelers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.
Suggested itineraries featuring Northwest Vietnam
Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Northwest Vietnam, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
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Places in and around Northwest Vietnam
- Dien Bien Phu Northwest Vietnam
- Ha Giang Northwest Vietnam
- Mai Chau Northwest Vietnam
- Sapa & the Tonkinese Alps Northwest Vietnam
- Mu Cang Chai 122 kilometers away
- Lao Cai 159 kilometers away
- Ky Son 253 kilometers away
- Hanoi 296 kilometers away
- Ninh Binh 333 kilometers away
- Halong Bay 425 kilometers away
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Accommodation choices for Northwest Vietnam
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Northwest Vietnam. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
Mai Chau EcolodgeMai Chau
SOL BungalowsMai Chau
Topas EcolodgeSapa & the Tonkinese Alps
Victoria HotelSapa & the Tonkinese Alps