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Northern Vietnam Encounter Overview
- 2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31
Journey through foothills, rice paddies and Hmong villages in Northern Vietnam.
The remote and rugged mountains of Vietnam's north-west are home to some of South-East Asia’s most beautiful scenery and fascinating people. Leaving the graceful boulevards of Hanoi behind, catch a train to Lao Cai before traversing the bumpy mountain roads to Sapa, Ha Giang and the lands near the Chinese border. Experience breathtaking mountain views and meet friendly local hill tribes along the way. If you want to get off-the-beaten-track in Vietnam, this is the trip for you.
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With a vibrant Old Quarter to explore, delicious food to discover and a city where ancient meets modern with ease, no wonder Hanoi is a favourite with travellers.
A mountainous region home to colourful and welcoming hilltribes, gorgeous stepped rice terraces and misty vistas sprinkled with sunshine, Sapa will steal your breath away.
After a long bus journey north to the Ha Giang province, sink into a relaxed highland atmosphere – forests, terraced rice paddies and the undulating mountains of Heaven’s Gate serve as a beautiful backdrop. Then explore the markets and shop fronts, which almost seem as though they belong to an earlier bygone era.
Visit the Hmong villages in the area before heading to the Minh Tan Market and Royal Palace. In the afternoon, take a leisurely trek around the spectacular landscape and be sure to have a camera handy because the views are sure to impress.
Enjoy a boat ride on Ba Be Lake, the largest natural lake in Vietnam, and be amazed by the intricate limestone formations.
Head back to Hanoi for the last day of adventure. Perhaps stop by KOTO, a restaurant that provides hospitality training for underprivileged street kids in their quest for a brighter future.
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