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The Far North

As you move north from Hanoi, flatter plains give way to vast swathes of soaring mountains and vibrant terraces of paddy fields before meeting with China and Laos at its borders. This is where slim Vietnam is at its widest but also where it becomes its wildest; few get to experience its pristine corners and only the most hardened hill-tribes remain in the remotest corners.

Established as a hill station by the French in the 1920s, Sapa is the most well-known destination. Nicknamed ‘The Tonkinese Alps’, this is the most accessible option and is a firm favourite with trekkers. There are some comfortable accommodation options, and it’s possible to get there by overnight train (Hanoi to Lao Cai), which is an experience in itself. Sapa can feel a little touristy, but you are not there for the town. Head out to the countryside to enjoy luminous scenery and if time permits ask your guide about one of the weekly hill-tribe markets. You’ll be rewarded for your efforts getting there and we feel it’s a must for the more adventurous couples and families.

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Off the Beaten Track Indochina

Vientiane, Muang La, Nong Khiaw, Luang Prabang, Hanoi, Mai Chau, Tam Coc, Phnom Penh, Battambang, Siem Reap

This compelling itinerary is our most in-depth route through Cambodia and is ideal for those who want to blend historic and cultural Cambodia with its glittering coastline. Explore the temples of Angkor, the colonial lanes of Battambang and coastal Kep.

Best for: Couples, Culture, Beach, History

Authentic Indochina

Luang Prabang, Hanoi, Ninh Binh, Mai Chau & Siem Reap

Experience local life in the cultural heart of Laos, discover new delights on the back streets of Hanoi and delve into an unspoiled part of rural Vietnam to enjoy cycling and hiking to colourful hill tribes. Finish off by heading to Cambodia to experience Asia's most famous ancient civilisation, Angkor, and meet the people living there today.

Best for: Couples, Culture, History, Family

Walk Vietnam

Hanoi, Sapa, Ninh Binh, Mai Chau

For nature lovers and keen hikers, this 10-day itinerary is the perfect way to stretch your legs on some of Southeast Asia’s most beautiful hiking routes. From the terraced rice paddies of Sapa, to the verdant fields of Mai Chau, and the dramatic mountain scenery of Ninh Binh, this is a wonderful introduction to rural Vietnam.

Best for: Off the beaten track

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