Sapa is famous for its seemingly endless rice fields.
Over in the idyllic valley of Mai Chau, you can get perhaps the best and most in-depth look at rural Vietnamese agriculture, with a seemingly endless sprawl of rice paddies filling the valley. Here the local Thai and Muong ethnic minorities carry on their life and traditions as they have for centuries and millennia, undisturbed by the often disruptive influence of the outside world. Pu Luong Natural Reserve is also located here, which offers stunning hikes through flourishing forests teeming with exotic wildlife. Check out our 3 Day Trekking Tour of Mai Chau and Pu Luong
for more details.
There are some great viewpoints in Mai Chau to trek to.
Meanwhile, Hoang Su Phi offers more stunning rural Vietnamese scenery, and some moderate-intensity treks. Here you can experience how the Dzao ethnic minority goes about their daily life, while enjoying day-long treks through tea plantations, rice paddies, forests and scenic mountain slopes. Staying with a local Dzao family is recommended as always, as it’ll give you a deep understanding of their way of life, not to mention allowing you to taste their unique and delicious cuisine. Mr Linh’s Adventures offers a 3 Day Trekking Tour to Hoang Su Phi
, so check that out for further details.
Rice terraces are a staple sight when trekking in Hoang Su Phi.
If you’re planning to trek in Vietnam during late September/early October, then there is no better place to go than Mu Cang Chai. The district is an absolute powerhouse when it comes to rice production, and as such the harvest time that takes place in these months provides a stunning combination of beautiful ripe rice fields, and people from the local minorities hard at work to secure their harvest. If you’re lucky you might even get to participate in the harvesting, though be sure not to join in for too long, as unless you’re an experienced rice-farmer, you’re likely to slow the locals down! We recommend our 3 Day Trekking Tour of Mu Cang Chai
, especially if you happen to be in Vietnam for the rice-harvest.
Mu Cang Chai is ideal to visit in September/October.
Maybe you want to combine your trekking with some water activities like kayaking? Then Cat Ba is the ideal destination for you. The majority of the massive island is designated as a national park, ensuring that there’s plenty of space to lose yourself in the wonderful nature. Given that it’s an island, it’s also a great place to go kayaking among the karst outcroppings of Lan Ha Bay
, or perhaps even combine with a cruise of the famous Ha Long Bay, situated not far away. For a great time trekking the interior of the island and kayaking in the bay, check out our 3 Day Cat Ba Trekking Tour
Trekking in Cat Ba is a great way to see Ha Long both on land and at sea.
Can’t quite decide on which of these amazing trekking destinations to go to? Why not combine a bunch of them in an extended off-the-beaten-track trekking tour, taking you through Sapa, Ha Giang, Ba Be and even the spectacular Ban Gioc Waterfall? If you’re someone who wants the ultimate extensive trekking journey through Northern Vietnam, then this option is ideal for you. Check out our 8 Day Northern Vietnam Off The Beaten Track Tour
for more details.
Ban Gioc Waterfall is the largest in Southeast Asia.
While it’s hard to go wrong with any of these amazing destinations if you’re looking for excellent trekking, it can be easy to get lost in all the choices and options in Northern Vietnam. We here at Mr Linh’s Adventure can happily solve this problem for you, as booking your Vietnamese trekking adventure through us ensures that you only get the best of the best in terms of sights, activities and authentic experiences.