Northern side of Vietnam is the mountainous destination that will surprise you with its landscape and secrets.
1. Sapa and surrounding areas
Sapa and the surrounding areas are incredibly beautiful and naturally delightful. The town is located about 5000 feet above sea level, in the midst of the Hoang Lien Son mountain range. In recent years, it has become the center of trekking holidays in the country. Obviously, trekking trip in Sapa is not an easy task for urban dwellers, but once you dare completing the trek, stunning views is definitely worth your effort. The climb should starts in early morning to enjoy the fresh cool air whilst climbing.
There are many ethnic minorities living here including the Dao, Hmong, Tay, etc. The Sapa region is very famous for its beautiful paddies alongside the hills. On the way, you can meet local people wearing colorful ethnic clothes, blankets, head cover…
For the harder and longer trek, you can try trekking in Fansipan, which is the highest mountain in the Indochina. The 3143m peak can only be reach after crossing many primeval forests, vast plateaus, herbal fields and various cliffs. The higher you climb, the more complicated the terrain will be with many stone slopes, muddy lagoons and meandering alleys. This type of trip is not suitable for the faint-hearted. As it come closer to Fansipan peak, the road grows more challenging and drain out your stamina quickly. Not everyone is able to touch the heights of Indochina but feeling of conquering the challenge and panoramic view in the top of the mountain is indeed a memorable experience for lifetime.