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Top Choice Market in Bac Ha

Bac Ha Market

This Sunday market is Bac Ha’s big draw. There's an increasing range of handicrafts for sale, but it’s still pretty much a local affair. Bac Ha market is a magnet for the local hill-tribe people, above all the exoti…
Top Choice Museum in Dien Bien Phu

Dien Bien Phu Museum

This well-laid-out museum, contained in a space-agey modern structure, features an eclectic collection that commemorates the 1954 battle. Alongside weaponry and guns, there’s a bath tub that belonged to the French c…
Top Choice Monument in Dien Bien Phu

A1 Hill

There are tanks and a monument to Viet Minh casualties on this former French position, known to the French as Eliane and to the Vietnamese as A1 Hill. The elaborate trenches at the heart of the French defenses have …
Top Choice Bay in Cat Ba Island

Lan Ha Bay

Lying south and east of Cat Ba Town, the 300 or so karst islands and limestone outcrops of Lan Ha are just as beautiful as those of Halong Bay and have the additional attraction of numerous white-sand beaches.Due to…
Top Choice Vietnamese in Lang Son

Thanh Lan Com Binh Dan

One block south of the market, the delightful Miss Lan serves around 20 different dishes for lunch and dinner. It’s a point-and-pick affair – all seasonal and all local.
Top Choice Vietnamese in Sapa

Hill Station Signature Restaurant

A showcase of Hmong cuisine with cool Zen decor and superb views. Dishes include flash-cooked pork with lime, ash-baked trout in banana leaves, and traditional Hmong-style black pudding. Tasting sets of local rice a…
Top Choice Museum in Sapa

Sapa Museum

Excellent showcase of the history and ethnology of the Sapa area, including the colonial times of the French. Exhibitions demonstrate the differences between the various ethnic minority people of the area, so it's d…
Top Choice Vietnamese in Haiphong

Nam Giao

Haiphong's most atmospheric dining choice is hidden within this dilapidated colonial building. Rooms are an artful clutter of Asian art, old carved cabinets and antiques, while the small but well-executed menu inclu…
Top Choice Market in Dong Van

Dong Van Market

Once a week, local villagers from the surrounding hills, including the Hmong, Tay, Nung and Hoa ethnic minorities, flood into Dong Van for the Sunday market. It's an entirely local affair full of noise, colour, and …
International in Sapa

Viet Emotion

This intimate bistro features a cosy fireplace for cold mountain nights. The menu rambles from pizza, pasta and steaks to Vietnamese with a couple of Sapa specialities, such as herbal medicine hotpot (with lemongras…