Top things to do in Northwest Vietnam

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 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 Vietnamese in Dong Van

Ba Ha

Where the locals go for breakfast in Dong Van. The menu begins and ends with banh cuon – freshly-steamed and filled noodles – served here the northern way with a small bowl of broth that you season yourself.
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…