Attractions

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

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 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 …
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. Dusty exhibitions demonstrate the differences between the various ethnic minority people of the area, so …
Museum in Son La

Old French Prison & Museum

Son La’s Old French Prison & Museum was a French penal colony where anticolonial revolutionaries were incarcerated. It was destroyed by the ‘off-loading’ of unused ammunition by US war planes after bombing raids…
Historic Building in Tam Son

Vuong Palace

This grandiose two-storey mansion was built for a local Hmong king by the French. Set in a hidden valley in the tiny village of Sa Phin, the building was renovated in 2006 and is a fascinating sight in such a remote…
Market in Bac Ha

Can Cau Market

This small market, 20km north of Bac Ha, attracts a growing number of visitors. Some tours from Sapa now visit Can Cau on Saturday before moving on to Bac Ha for the Sunday market. A few Bac Ha stallholders also mak…
Viewpoint in Ha Giang

Quan Ba Pass

Leaving Ha Giang, the road climbs over the Quan Ba Pass (Heaven’s Gate) around 40km from the city. Poetic licence is a national pastime in Vietnam, but this time the romantics have it right. The road winds over a sa…
Village in Dong Van

Lung Cam Cultural Tourist Village

Located in the narrow, incredibly picturesque Sung La Valley is the village of Lung Cam. Deemed a 'cultural tourist village' by the local authorities, the highlight here, aside from the stunning setting, is a centur…