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Top Choice Waterfall in Cao Bang

Ban Gioc Waterfall

Ban Gioc Waterfall is one of Vietnam’s best-known waterfalls, and its image adorns the lobby of many a cheap guesthouse. The falls, fed by the Quay Son River that marks the border with China, are an impressive sight…
Top Choice Historic Site in Cat Ba Island

Cannon Fort

For one of the best views in Vietnam – no, we’re not kidding – head to Cannon Fort where there are astounding panoramas of Cat Ba Island's jungle-clad hills rolling down to colourful tangles of fishing boats in the …
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 International in Dong Van

Green Karst

This friendly restaurant is fast becoming Dong Van's hub for foreign travellers. And not surprisingly: the couple who run it have lots of experience in the restaurant world (the menu has plenty of Vietnamese options…
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 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 Vietnamese in Mai Chau

Binh Quan

Want to join the locals on a night out? Consider this simple, tasty restaurant, located on Mai Chau's main strip. Everything on the brief menu is made from buffalo, and the options range from buffalo curry (served w…
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

This vantage point was crucial in the battle of Dien Bien Phu. 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. T…
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…