Telephone code: (84-34)
Area: 2,192 km2
Hatay is famous for its traditional craft villages producing
silk, fabrics, clothing, inlay work, lacquer ware, carvings,
bamboo and rattan weaving. The province has a proud cultural
heritage with traditional spring festivals held under the
ancient roofs of village halls or pagodas.
There are more than 1,300 villages in Hatay - many famous for the renowned scholars and brave
revolutionaries born there, others for their beautiful scenery,
sophisticated crafts or unusual customs.
Tay Phuong Pagoda
Built during the Ly dynasty (8th century), it has unique
architectural details and a superb collection of Buddha statues.
The pagoda was built on the slope of Phat Tich Mountain, contains
valuable dynastic artifacts.
Built in 1632, this pagoda has the largest number of Buddhist
statues with 287 beautifully carved Buddhists, including one of Tantrayyana, the most beautiful of all.
Dates from 300AD and is famous for the mummified bodies of two
Tram Gian Pagoda
Has 100 rooms and 153 Buddhist statues.
Duong Lam Village
Was a small hamlet and homeland of Phung Hung and Ngo Quyen Kings.
Nowadays, Duong Lam Village has two temples dedicated to both
kings and some priceless historic artifacts.
Huong (Perfume) Pagoda
The area of beautiful landscapes surrounding the Perfume Pagoda.
The most attracting elements in the pagoda's landscape are the
high mountains, the deep forests and the streams harmoniously
intermingled with rice fields. Huong Tich grotto was discovered
more than 2,000 years with its many small temple and pagodas, is
considered the most beautiful grotto in northern Vietnam.
Ba Vi Mountain
Ao Vua, Suoi Hai and Dong Mo lakes are noted beauty spots in the
Ba Vi Mountains. Ba Vi National Park is rich in wildlife, with
more than 5,000 species of plants, 44 animal and 404 bird species
and 160 medicinal herbs.
THE NORTH EAST
AND THE NORTH WEST
Hoabinh - Mai Chau
Hoabinh is a mountainous province on the Northeast gateway of
Hanoi and only 70km away from Hanoi. Traveling by road or
river are both convenient. Hoabinh has a lot of caves and its
villages of Thai and Muong minority people have become
attractive tourism spots for a long time. Mai Chau valley has
become a familiar address for tourists in many years. Departure
from Hanoi, you
can take a 70km bus trip to
Hoabinh and then 60km further to reach Mai Chau.
The village of the Thai people
During this 60km
ride, visitors will pass the 15km Cun pass (doc Cun). This is a
rather high pass so that sometimes visitors may feel as if they
are traveling in a sea of cloud. When reaching the peak of the
pass, people always stop to enjoy the view of a poetic valley
surrounded by the mountains; it is Mai Chau, the village of the
Thai people. Visitors should spend a night in Mai Chau to enjoy
the music from gongs (Cong Chieng), to watch Thai dances, to enjoy
the fragrant steamed glutinous rice, and to drink Ruou Can (wine
drunken out of a jar through pipes) with Thai girls who are very
good at tilling the fields, weaving fabric and embroidering
Historical site with Sonla museum and prison.
Dien Bien Phu
To visit Dien Bien Phu, a plane from Hanoi can take you there in
more than 1 hour or a trip by car will take you through the 500km
roadway to enjoy the beautiful nature of the enormous Northwest
Dien Bien Phu is a district of Dienbien province with the terrain
looks like a hollow. It is the place where the heroic campaign
Dien Bien Phu took place. The campaign opened on 15 March 2021 and
ended on 7 May 2021 with the victory of Vietnam.
Today the whole former battlefield has become the relics of the
past where tourists come to visit and study the life of ethnic
Laichau - Phong Tho
Hill tribes and ethnic minority villages.
Sapa - Laocai
Located 1,600m above sea level in the far northwest province
of the country near the Chinese border, Sapa has remained
primitive with hamlets and villages H'mong, Tay, Dao and Xa
Pho ethnic minorities, whose markets and festivals add color
and character to the town.
The area has an average annual temperature of 18 - 28
degrees in the mountains. Several interesting sites can be visited
such as Silver Fall, Heaven's Gate, Cloud Bridge, Wind grotto,
Dragon's Jaw Mountain...
Landscape of North West
It is an ancient tradition, where ethnic minority people go to a
partner in every Saturday night.
Home to ethnic minorities who live the same way they have done for
Exactly 3,143m high, it is the highest peak in Indochina. It has
its own special ecosystem, with approximately 1,680 plant species
divided into 679 families are found on the mountain. A fascinating
destination for anyone seeking adventure.
Suoi Hoa relic:
A valley with stone fields where relic of an early civilization
Bac Ha Market:
80km from Sapa is Bac Ha town where there is the old famous Bac Ha
market. Bac Ha market is not only the place for buying and
selling, but also a place for cultural and sentiment exchanging.
On the market days, right from the early morning, all paths and
mountain roads are full of people and horses pouring to the
market. People usually sit in groups around a soup pan ("thang
co") eating and chatting.