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.
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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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 Ecolodge is beautifully located in the very heart of the Mai Chau valley overlooking acres of lush rice paddies and spectacular emerald mountains.
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.
A beautiful hotel offering comfort and character in an area which has previously lacked decent standards of accommodation. The spa center offers facilities unparalleled north of Hanoi.
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.