Where to go in Northern Vietnam
List of regions
Known colloquially as the ‘final frontier', Ha Giang, in the far north, is the last stop before the border with Vietnam's giant northern neighbour China.
The stilted village of Mai Chau in the mountainous Mai Chai District is just over 80 miles from Hanoi and more easily accessible than Ha Giang and Sapa; this makes it a perfect place to experience northern Vietnam's rich rural culture if you're only in Hanoi for a short time.
Halong Bay is perhaps Vietnam's most beautiful site, an area of soaring cliffs and sparkling seas laced with ancient myth and legend.