The Far North is off the beaten track and the Northwest is the roof of Vietnam where the Hoang Lien Mountains (Tonkinese Alps) soar to over 3,000m. Here some of Vietnam’s most spectacular scenery can be found. On several days we venture away from the tourist meccas, cycling through traditional villages and staying in small towns with modest lodgings.
Much of the area is sparsely populated and the mountains are still home to many ethnic minorities. The women wear brightly coloured skirts, tops and hats, with each ethnic group favouring its own colour variation and design.