5 experiences for adrenaline boosters in the North of Vietnam
Looking for some activities to boost your adrenaline? Northwest Vietnam is one of the best choices for you.
Northwest Vietnam attracts many adventure tourists because the terrain is among the highest and most fragmented in Vietnam. This area is mainly high mountains, highlighted by the most majestic mountain range – Hoang Lien Son, 180 km long, 30 km wide and most of the peaks are over 2500 meters.
In addition, the Northwest consists of many deep valleys, where many ethnic groups live such as Thai, Muong, Hmong, Dao, Tay, etc. The divisive and rugged terrain has preserved up to now the traditional customs. Restaurants are diverse and rich of ethnic groups. Previously, the Northwest was a remote area of Vietnam, but the development of the transport network has facilitated exchanges with other regions and is easily accessible for nature-loving tourists.
Here are some of our recommendations to get you started:
Climb to the top of Fansipan
Fansipan Peak should be on your must-go list. Dubbed the Roof of Indochina, this place is covered by clouds all year round and sometimes covered with snow. Cable car is a popular way to get to the top of Fansipan. However, for those who are really adventurous, climbing to the top of Fansipan will bring a sense of challenge.
Several trails can lead to the top of Fansipan. One of the most famous roads is the Tram Ton Pass trail with three stretches of road. The first leg, you will follow the cool, fresh streams to Hoang Lien primeval forest and enjoy the Do Quyen flowers blooming like a colorful silk carpet here. After resting and dining in the forest, you continue the second route with steep slopes. At an altitude of 2,800 meters, you can stop overnight camping in the forest. Sitting around the fire and immersing yourself in the majestic Northwest mountains will be an unforgettable memory. The third stretch will be the most challenging part. You can test your courage with Brave Cliff, Windy Slope and Bamboo Forest to reach the top of Fansipan. At an altitude of 3143 meters, you can have a panoramic view of Sapa town under the fog and enjoy the feeling of accomplishment when standing on the Roof of Indochina.
There are no villages or other facilities along the way so it is necessary to bring a compass, sleeping bag, food, stove, etc. In addition, from an altitude of 2800 meters, the temperature will drop by 1C every 100 meters, so remember to bring thermal clothing! The journey will last at least 3 days and is quite arduous. Therefore, a tour guide is a must for a safe climb to the top of Fansipan. You can book a combination tour from Hanoi or book a local tour right in Sapa town.
- Equipment: Necessary equipment (climbing gear, tent, sleeping bag, etc.) is provided when you book the tour.
- Best time to visit: October to November or February to March
Paragliding in Yen Bai
For those who love paragliding, Khau Pha Pass (Yen Bai) will be a good choice to test your courage and curiosity. Khau Pha Pass is one of the “four great passes” famous for its ruggedness, covered with clouds all year round. Flying at an altitude of 1,200 meters above sea level, the picturesque scenery will appear right in front of your eyes. When the wind brings the paraglider higher and higher, you will be overwhelmed by a golden yellow color of Mu Cang Chai stretching endlessly from one field to another. Moreover, the rolling hills hidden among the clouds will make you feel fancier and more romantic than ever.
You should book your paragliding in advance and check the weather forecast to avoid long waits. Every year, the Yen Bai provincial government organizes a paragliding festival in June or September, so you can schedule a trip during the festival to meet the community of paragliding enthusiasts. In addition, you should choose loose, comfortable clothes and bring only the necessary items when traveling by plane to ensure a safe journey.
- Equipment: Safety tools and paragliding provided in the service
- Best time to visit: May to July or September to October
Explore the diverse terrain of Lai Chau
Known as a plateau at an altitude of 1,500m above sea level with rugged terrain, exploring Lai Chau is an attractive activity for adventure lovers. The weather is quite cool and is almost covered by fog all year round, giving Lai Chai a mysterious look. Therefore, to fully explore the beauty of Lai Chau, asking a local ethnic person as a guide will be a wise choice.
Here are some activities for backpackers when coming to Lai Chau. Hiking to the jagged mountains and dense forest floors in Lai Chau will be a great opportunity to enjoy the beautiful landscapes. In particular, O Quy Ho pass – one of the four great peaks of the North of Vietnam and Putaleng peak – the second roof of Indochina after Fansipan are places not to be missed for those who love backpacking. Besides, walking along the Da River, you can see majestic waterfalls such as Nam Na, Nam Mu or Tac Tinh and fanciful ethnic villages behind the mist. In addition, Lai Chau is also known as Phong Nha Cave of the Northwest, so exploring unspoiled caves such as Binh Lu cave, Tien Son cave will be an interesting activity.
- Equipment: You can rent motorbikes at shops in the area such as Phuc An (0961 215 215), Hoa Sua Hotel (0394 312 640), … As for other backpacking equipment, you should prepare it yourself. or rent from Hanoi.
- Best time to visit: January to May or September to October
- Note: You can visit on your own but a local tour guide is recommended
Visiting Ha Giang by motorbike
The beautiful roads and majestic passes that one side is an abyss, the other is a rocky road is Ha Giang’s own mark. Therefore, traveling to Ha Giang by motorbike will be a great experience that you should try once. When you enjoy following the zigzag roads, you can zoom your eyes far to the horizon and immerse yourself in the cool wind and the clouds. There are several places that you must definitely add to your itinerary in Ha Giang. Hoang Su Phi is the best place to admire the long, golden terraced fields in the harvest season. Ma Pi Leng Pass is one of the most majestic and winding passes in Vietnam, an attractive destination for many adventure lovers from all over the country. In addition, Lung Cu flagpole is the northernmost point of Vietnam at an altitude of 1,700 meters above sea level. From this point, you can look down on the jade-colored Nho Que river meandering at the foot of the mountain.
Arriving in Ha Giang by shuttle bus, then renting a motorbike in the city to explore around is a popular choice among tourists. You can ride a motorbike from Hanoi but it will take more than seven hours to Ha Giang, which will make you quite tired. Therefore, you should carefully consider the means of transportation based on your health status. Also, because the roads in Ha Giang are quite twisty, make sure you have good driving skills before starting your motorbike journey.
- Equipment: You can rent motorbikes at local shops such as Hong Dao (0353 982 928), Motorcycles and QT Travel (0975 278 711)
- Best time to visit: January to March or September to November
- Note: This is a do-it-yourself option – Some popular routes are Hoang Su Phi, Ma Pi Leng Pass, and Dong Van Plateau.
Experience adventure games at Dragon Cloud Resort
Located just 17 km from Sapa, Dragon Cloud Resort has a list of adventure games that you should try once. The first option is to walk on the Cloud Dragon skywalk at 2200 meters above sea level. Skywalk is completely made of transparent glass, allowing tourists to comfortably witness the depth of the clouds below and enjoy the beautiful natural landscape of O Quy Ho pass. From the skywalk, visitors can also zoom out to the majestic Hoang Lien Son mountain range. A little more advanced adventure is the overhead wooden bridge. Players will be protected by seat belts and try to step between the wooden bars with large gaps. The shaking of the bridge and the height when viewed from the bridge often scare many people, but also extremely refreshing. Besides, many other adventure activities such as bungee jumping, zipline skating, paragliding, mountain climbing will be launched soon next year.
Because there are many websites that sell fake tickets, you should buy tickets directly at the resort or book in advance through the official ticketing channels of Dragon Cloud Resort as follows:
Tel: 0994 666 888/0912 240 486
Email: cau Kinhrongmay@gmail.com