Mountain Tribes

Steep, lush mountains near the Chinese border
Rich in Hmong, Dao, Tay, Thai, and other ethnic populations.

Visit Lao Cai, Sapa, Bac Ha, and their surrounding areas to encounter ancient minority tribes living uninfluenced as they lived centuries ago.

Overnight train service from Hanoi makes travel easy and leaves the daytime available for seeing the highland villages. Allow two to five days to see this area.

Tea, coffee, plums, bananas, and mangoes are plentiful in this area. Unfortunately, so is opium. However, unlike other areas in the world where drugs are grown, this area is completely safe for the tourist.