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Arguably one of the most beautiful places in Indochina, northwest Vietnam offers the more adventurous traveller 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 amongst the surrounding hills. These markets are an undisputable highlight and many colourful ethnic minorities come down from their settlements to trade.

Whilst pockets of the northwest have already been discovered, for the more determined traveller 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 travellers. 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.

Map of Northwest Vietnam

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    Places in and around Northwest Vietnam

    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.

    • Sol Bungalows Pool Area

      SOL Bungalows

      Medium

      The Sol Bungalows are situated in a field of rice paddies making it the perfect place to relax and take in the dramatic scenery of Mai Chau.

    • Suite at Mai Chau Ecolodge, Mai Chau, northern Vietnam

      Mai Chau Ecolodge

      Medium

      Mai Chau Eco Lodge is beautifully located in the very heart of the Mai Chau valley overlooking acres of lush rice paddies and spectacular emerald mountains.

    • Pool at the Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa,Sapa

      Victoria Hotel

      First Class

      A beautiful hotel offering comfort and character in an area which has previously lacked decent standards of accommodation. The spa centre offers facilities unparalleled north of Hanoi.

    • Topas Ecolodge, Sapa

      Topas Ecolodge

      Medium

      The lodge, built to blend in with the villages nearby and to strict environmental standards, has one of the most beautiful locations anywhere in Vietnam.