ARE YOU LOOKING FOR AUTHENTIC NORTHERN VIETNAMESE ADVENTURES WITH YOUR FAMILY?
Many of our traveller's families only consider Sapa when planning a trip to northern Vietnam. But did you know that there are multiple of other places in Vietnam's north with majestic mountain ranges, stunning rice terraces, and fascinating ethnic cultures?
Here are northern destinations that will provide you with authentic Vietnamese traditions and experiences:
MU CANG CHAI IN YEN BAI
More than 300 km north of Hanoi, Mu Cang Chai is one of the "must-go" places in Yen Bai province. Mu Cang Chai's charming beauty are displayed through terraced rice fields and the tranquillity of the local villages. This northwest highland district has a lovely ripe rice season, hot mineral spring bathing spots, ethnic minority markets, festivals, and mouth-watering dishes.
Trekking in Mu Cang Chai is an excellent leisure activity for you and your family to discover the region's breath-taking landscapes, capture the locals wearing their colourful traditional clothing while working in the stunning rice terraces on the mountainside.
The Lim Mong Valley is one of most stunning valleys in Vietnam. This area's terraced rice fields are always stunning, from the beginning to the end of harvest.
In September, Mu Cang Chai hosts a paragliding festival. Experience the feeling of flying and admiring the panoramic views of the stunning rice-terraced fields in Khau Pha Pass. Chôm Chôm Travel can organise this spectacular adventure for you.
Visit the Tu Le community and try their young sticky rice flakes, known as 'Com ‘, in Vietnamese. The rice used to make "Com” is selected and harvested when the grain is still developing. People who eat this speciality continue to try again because of the doughy, sweet taste.
The weather in Mu Cang Chai is unpredictable. It can be hot during the day but chilly at night. We recommended that your family pack jackets for your trip to Mu Cang Chai.
The ideal time to visit Mu Cang Chai is between mid-September and mid-October, when the rice terraces' colour changes from green to a rich golden shade.
The rainy season at Mu Cang Chai lasts from May to June, which some people consider another perfect time to visit.
Ha Giang shares the border with China to the north. The perfect destination for an adventurous trip due to its high mountain passes and curvy roads.
Many travellers are enthusiastic about conquering the 20-kilometre-long Ma Pi Leng Pass, stretching from Dong Van town to the Meo Vac district. When you stand here, you can see the stunning mountain range, enhanced by the charming and poetic Nho Que river flowing into Vietnam from Yunnan (China).
Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark is a must-see in Ha Giang, located at Vietnam's northernmost point and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your family can enjoy the majestic and distinctive landscape, which includes towering mountains and deep canyons.
The Dong Van ancient town is home to 17 different ethnic groups contributing to the richness of the local culture. Admire unique architecture with Chinese influences, such as yin and yang designs on roofs, tiles, and flooring.
Dong Van Market are hosted by local groups - The Hmong, Tay, Nung, and Hoa ethnic groups- every Sunday from 5 am to 10 am. Your family can discover the traditions and goods of the ethnic communities while walking and absorbing the market. They trade various products, from electronics, vegetables, fruits, clothing, and livestock.
Buffalo meat is a speciality of the Black Thai people and a typical dish in their daily meals. The buffalo meat is seasoned before hung in the kitchen, where the smoke from the cooking area slowly dries the meat.
The ideal time to travel to Ha Giang is from October to March. The season of ripe rice and flowers blooming in the sky is also the spring festival time in the fields.
If you go to Ha Giang between early September and the end of December, this is when the buckwheat blooms. You can have the opportunity to try buckwheat cake, one of the region's authentic specialities.
Cao Bang is a mountainous province about 280 km from Hanoi. It is situated along the Bang Giang riverbank. The ideal place to explore off-the-beaten-track, stunning natural scenery with majestic forests, mountains, and the most breath-taking and prominent waterfalls in Vietnam.
If you love adventurous experiences, take a motorcycle, and cross the Me Pia Pass. With 14-story twisting slopes, this is one of the most challenging roads in the northeast of Vietnam, and even experienced drivers are bewildered.
During the conquest of Me Pia Pass, you can visit Ban Gioc waterfall - the largest waterfall in Vietnam, 300 meters wide, dividing the boundary between Vietnam and China. The route to the waterfall passes via beautiful rice fields and green grass. With emerald water, the waterfall emerges with magnificence and poetic beauty. You and your family can rent a boat to get closer and fully enjoy its splendour.
Angel Eye Mountain, locally known as Nui Thung, is one of the most beautiful mountains. It is situated in the heart of a scenic valley called Tuyet Tinh Coc. A hole in the centre of the mountain amazes visitors because of its unique appearance. Surrounded by picturesque sights, including Thang Hen Lake, villages, mountains, and rice fields. Your family will enjoy the tranquil scenery by walking around the mountain's base.
Cao Bang is a favourite trekking and hiking place for travellers. Our Chôm Chôm local guide can organise these outdoor activities for you and your family to discover the stunning nature of Cao Bang, visit ethnic villages of Thai, Nung, or Dao people, and learn about their authentic costumes and traditions.
The most beautiful Cao Bang season lasts from August to September, when Ban Gioc waterfall pours clear, green water and terraced fields are ripe.
The best time for trekking and hiking in Cao Bang is from October to April when the weather is cooler and there is little rain.
Our Chôm Chôm dedicated team have conducted many inspection trips in the north of Vietnam and assisted families in organising memorable adventures. Chôm Chôm Travel and our local guides are confident in providing your family with the best and safest experience in Northern Vietnam.
Let us assist you in selecting your family's preferred location in Northern Vietnam. Contact us to begin exploring Vietnam's northern region.