|Ma PiLeng Pass in Ha Giang|
Brief history of the regionThe Far North of Vietnam is famous for its superb scenery with opportunities for trekking out to isolated hamlets such as SaPa, Son La, Moc Chau and Mai Chau.
Back to the 1950s, the region was the first to be liberated from French rule. Though much of the infrastructural and political damage from the war has been repaired, unmarked minefields along 1000km of frontier pose a more intractable problem: most areas – including all which regularly receive tourists – have been cleared and declared safe, but in the more remote areas it’s sensible to stick to well-worn paths.
The "heart-breaking" beauty of the Far North of Vietnam
|The beauty of the Far North Vietnam|
Basic information about the Far North region when you travel to VietnamThe Far North of Vietnam consists of six provinces next to the China border: Cao Bằng, Lạng Sơn, Bắc Kạn, Thái Nguyên, Tuyên Quang and Hà Giang. Some roads leading to this area are small and rough.
The best time to travel to this region is autumn and spring. In fall, you can enjoy the spectacular beauty of golden rice fields and spring is the flowering blossom, which lets you enjoy this land at its very best.
#1. Cao Bang
|Ban Gioc Waterfall|
Some important must-see places to explore in Cao BangPac Bo village (at the Bang Giang and Hien rivers) is where Ho Chi Minh established a revolutionary force in January 1941.
Ban Gioc Waterfall is the largest one in Vietnam and the fourth biggest one in the world. In the sunlight, you can watch the seven color waterfall. The color of the water depends on the weather in this area.
#2. Lang Son
|Phai Ve Mountain in Lang Son|
Some important must-see places in Lang SonDong Dang Town is known as The Gateway of Friendship (Youyi Guan). Vietnamese and Chinese residents pass through the gate so they can sell food and items in another country.
Mau Son Mountain is one of the most beautiful places in Southeast Asia and Vietnam. There are many stone houses from the time of French colonization in Vietnam.
#3. Bac Kan
|Ba Be Lake in Bac Kan Provine|
#4. Thai NguyenThai Nguyen has revolutionary tradition, historical vestiges including Van, Vo mountains, Dinh Hoa ATK vestige, and Doom Temple.
|Tea Hills in Thai Nguyen Province|
#5. Tuyen QuangTuyen Quang owns 300 historical cultural vestiges. The famous one is Tan Trao Historical Site. It was used as a resistance base before the August 1945 Revolution.
|Gam River in the Winter - Tuyen Quang|
#6. Ha Giang
|Rice fields in Ha Giang|
You must enjoy a lot of fantastic mountain scenery over the whole area. There is the world famous geopark named Dong Van Karst Global Geopark. It was designated by UNESCO as one of 77 sites with the important geological and cultural heritage. This geopark is littered with the ethereal karst formations that are nearly 400 million years old and has two protected areas.
Your travel to Vietnam is not complete without a visit to the Far North of the country. You will be impressed by its authentic, unique beauty which has made Vietnam become the diverse and welcoming gem of the Southeast Asia.