Vietnam has become famous for its beautiful scenery, welcoming people, fine food and fascinating culture, but is less well known as a destination for walkers and trekkers.
However in the remote hill country of northern Vietnam, close to the borders with China and Laos, there are opportunities to trek through a region little known to mainstream tourism, where traditional ethnic minority communities welcome hikers to stay in their simple homes. Here you’ll have fascinating insights into traditions and cultures far removed from the modern, urban Vietnamese way of life.
The trekking trails in this region take you from village to village past extensive and beautifully terraced rice paddies and into the forested hills, meeting and chatting with local farmers along the way. In addition, colourful markets abound both in the main town of Sapa and further afield. You’ll take home lasting memories of a less known side of Vietnam beyond the usual tourist haunts.