Vietnam is a multi-ethnic country with over fifty distinct groups (54 are recognised by the Vietnamese government), each with its own language, lifestyle, and cultural heritage. Because of its wide variety of peoples, religions, and languages, especially for its size, Vietnam is a wonderful place to explore.
Nestled in the northern hills of Vietnam exists one of the most bustling ethnic markets in all of Southeast Asia! On Sundays, the ethnic minorities from the surrounding villages and hills come by foot, motorbike, by horse, and by buffalo for their chance to socialize, eat, drink, trade and get a haircut. It is a blur of colourful plaids and stripes. Bac Ha market is about 3 hours from Sapa.
Follow a mountain stream and trek through the villages of Sa Pa and Xa Seng and it will certainly feel like you have stepped back in time. Sa Pa village sits under an enormous tree that is said to be the home of the spirit gods. Experience rice terraces, bamboo forest and steep sided valley in this incredible part of the world.
An untouched and physically remarkable part of North West Vietnam, Muong Te is home to an eclectic mix of traditional ethnic groups, dense forest and wonderful lakes.
Muong Hum is small, yet active hill tribe market, that typically attracts five ethnic groups. Taking place each Sunday morning, visitors can expect to see Hmong, Dao, Ha Nhi and Giay people trading their local wares in a very traditional and intimate village setting.
Tam Đường is a rural district of Lai Châu Province in the Northwest region of Vietnam. The journey from Sapa is approximately 70km on one of the greatest driving roads in all of Vietnam. On a clear day, the views of Mount Fansipan are simply incredible.
Sin Ho is one of the highest settlements in all of Vietnam. The district is home to Hmong and Dao people.Whilst Sapa is a famous mountain retreat, enormously popular with Vietnamese and foreign tourists. Sin Ho, on the other hand, is hardly ever visited by travellers. These two highland towns are connected by lofty mountain passes which afford spectacular views, on a scale not found anywhere else in Vietnam.
Start the day driving over one of the most stunning mountain passes in all of Vietnam. Visit unspoilt villages and spend time with some of the least visited ethnic minority groups in all of Vietnam.