Ha Giang region lies to the north of Hanoi close to the Chinese border and will attract those looking for a more off the beaten track holiday experience, zigzagging over mountain passes to explore a rugged beautiful country, a world away from our manicured world.
Don't forget your camera
Home to over 50 indigenous hill tribes who have to work hard to farm the terraced rice fields that cover the region, you will be amongst the few, not the many, who travel this far north.
As the tribes live a relatively isolated life the lively local markets still act as the focal point at which villagers congregate in traditional dress to shop, eat, flirt and gossip.
As a developing region luxury hotels do not exist and most visitors look forward to experiencing a selection of home stays and access to some of the best trekking in the country. Don’t forget your camera.
Combine with a trip to Sapa
The surrounding area is home to members of the Tay minority, who live in stilt homes.
The biggest draw is Ban Gioc waterfall, the largest and most dramatic in the country, one end falling in China and the other in Vietnam.
Half the pleasure of any visit is walking across paddy fields to reach the base of the falls that in the rainy season can be heard from miles around.