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The roof of Indochina. This pretty hill station, at an altitude of 1650 metres, enjoys a refreshing temperate climate. Indeed, was founded by the French in an effort to escape the oppressive heat of summer in the coastal plains. Near the town is the imposing Mount Fan Si Pan (3143m), Vietnam’s highest peak. With this in mind the region can indeed be called the roof of Indochina.
The town itself is a powerful draw for the regions inhabitants, many of them from ethnic minorities. Groups such as the H’mong, Red Zao, Tay and Dzay regularly visit the town, especially on market days . The town also retains some of its former colonial feel with many stately mansions set amongst the stunning mountain scenery. Read more >>
Ba Be is not only a region of stunning landscapes, but also a nature lover’s paradise. Nearly forty species of mammals, more than a hundred species of birds and many butterflies can be found in the vicinity. Visits to the nearby Dau Dang waterfalls are possible, as is hiking in the surrounding countryside
The capital of unified Vietnam, Hanoi is one of the most charming cities in South East Asia with its timeless street scenes, tree lined boulevards, numerous lakes and well-preserved architecture. The city was founded in 1010 on the right bank of the Red River and was then known as ?Thang Long’, roughly translated as? “Soaring Dragon.”
Nowadays, this bustling metropolis is a delightful combination of its ancient past and increasing modernity. At the centre of the city lies the atmospheric Hoan Kiem Lake, also known as the lake of ?the restored sword’, with the Temple of Jade on a central island. Nearby is the capital’s famed old quarter with its original 36 streets, which have traditionally sold the same wares. Discover the area on a cyclo as you journey through this maze of streets bearing names such as Silver Street, Silk Street and Flower Street to name just a few. Marvel at the traditional ?tube houses’, a style of architecture indigenous to this part of Hanoi, or simply take a stroll through the food market in Hang Be Street.