April 18, 2018
Travel Tips

Super tips for self-travel in the Northwest of Vietnam

The Northwest forest was created with many beautiful and unspoiled wildlife that attracts many tourists every year. Traveling to this place, visitors will have the opportunity to see the golden rice terraces, majestic winds, and enjoy the joyful daily life with ethnic people.


Best time to travel to the Northwest


Four seasons in the Northwest of Vietnam have their own charms. Spring brings flowers blooming, the whole Moc Chau steppe is full of peach and white plum blossom in a corner of the sky.



In the summer, when the weather is sultry asphyxiation, the Northwest has cool air all year round, you can be here to watch the beautiful rhododendron. Autumn is the harvest season, the triangle flower and rice field will make your heart pumping with their beauty. The winter brings snowflakes melting the hearts of visitors, this is probably the most favorite season for visitors.


Transportation to the Northwest


You have a lot of transportation to choose, however, if you want to try the feeling of conquering mountainous forests, then you should go by motorcycle. The most suitable route for tourists is Hanoi – Sa Pa – Dien Bien – Son La.



From Hanoi to Sa Pa you can choose the train, motorbike, or bus. The Hanoi – Lao Cai express railway has been opened and put into operation, so it only takes 4 hours by train and bus from Ha Noi to Sapa. Arrive in Lao Cai, you can rent cars to go about 30km to Sa Pa.


Travel destination you should visit in the Northwest


To discover the typical scenery in the mountains and forests of the Northwest, you should spend 5 to 6 days for the trip to these destinations:


Sa Pa, Lao Cai


It takes about 2 to 3 days for you to explore the whole Lao Cai. You can relocate the destination depending on the length of your journey.

On the first day in Sapa, you can quickly visit the famous Sapa tourist places such as Ham Rong, Sa Pa stone church, Ta Van and Cat Cat village. Be sure to have your camera ready for a check-in, where you’ll be amazed by the majestic scenery of nature and the lovely village.



On the second day, you can rent a motorbike to visit O Quy Ho pass, which is located about 23km from the center of the city, on the way you can also visit Silver Falls. Come to O Quy Ho. In the afternoon, you can continue to explore Dao ethnic culture in Ta Phin.



On the third day, if it is convenient, you cannot miss the chance to conquer Fansipan mountain – the roof of Indochina. Then you can go around the town to buy souvenirs.


Son La (Moc Chau – Mai Chau)


The first day in Son La, you should visit the famous places such as Bat Cave, Ban Ang Village, Yap Waterfall, Mo Man Village… The next day you will move to Moc Chau Plateau to enjoy the beauty of nature with the green tea hill, the yellow flower field riping a corner of the sky, the white plum blossom fields… If you have time, then remember to discover the majestic beauty of Lu Gia, Lu Lu Cave in Mai Chau.



Some suggested hotels for you


Staying in Lao Cai, most visitors choose the Sa Pa resort because of the favorable location to travel to the tourist destinations. Here are some guest house suggestions for you:


Sapa Vista Hotel


Address: 70 Fansipan, Sa Pa.

Room rates: From 790,000 VND / room / night.



Designed in classic style mixed with modern luxury, combined with a super view beautiful mountain view Fansipan mountain, Muong Hoa valley has attracted a lot of visitors. Professional staffs are enthusiastic to provide customers with the best care. Especially, thanks to its location in the heart of Sa Pa, you can travel to nearby tourist attractions such as Ham Rong mountain, Da Stone Church, Sapa market.


Sa Pa Lodge New


Address: 33A Muong Hoa, Sa Pa Town, Sa Pa.

Room rates: From 640.000 VND / room / night.



The hotel is surrounded by mountains and green forests, it creates a spacious and relaxes atmosphere for visitors. The hotel room rates are extremely reasonable and the rooms are tastefully and fully furnished. From Sa Pa Lodge New, visitors can stroll to visit all famous tourist attractions about 0.8km – 1.5km from the hotel: Sa Pa central square, Ham Rong mountain, Da Church, Sa Pa market, Silver waterfall… or can rent motorcycle to conquer the roof of Indochina – Fansipan mountain, which is more than 3km away.


Requirements apply for a visa and some tips about E-visa


If you are ready to explore the amazing land of the Northwest of Vietnam, then the next step is to get a visa. First, let’s check on the requirements apply for a visa.

–    Have passports or papers of international value with at least 6 months of validity.

–    Not the subject that is declined to enter Vietnam as stipulated in Article 21 of the Law on Entry, Exit, Transit and Residence of Foreigners in Vietnam No. 47/2014 / QH2013

Now it is time to choose the right type of visa, and we have the best type for you: E-visa with a lot of benefits below:

–    Saving time, because the whole process is implemented online

–    Save money, because you only need to pay a fixed fee for E-visa

–    Save effort, because we will help you with all the work and send you the approval letter.

–    Be able to get through all visa checkpoint including 7 seaports, 13 border crossings, and 8 airports.

Remember to check the requirements apply for a visa, and bring the E-visa with you when coming through all the visa checkpoint in Vietnam.

Do not hesitate any longer, let’s take the first step to conquer the hidden beauty of Vietnam now!


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