Northwest Vietnam introduction
As tourism has surged the last few years, and technology has allowed travelers to document their experiences, some are starting to wonder if agents can keep up with their clients’ expectations for trips that are free of crowds and full of Facebook-ready images that make them look like travel pioneers.
Destinations around the world are pushing back against the floods of tourists. Santorini is now limiting the number of cruise visitors to 8,000 per day. The Italian coastal gem, Cinque Terre, is capping the number of its visitors at 1.5 million per year. from Venice to Spain, residents of cities across Europe have been demonstrating to keep tourists out.
Perhaps it’s just that people are fed up with their online travel experiences; perhaps it’s just the increasingly complicated nature of the travel industry and the great service that travel agents have been delivering. But no matter what the cause, travel professionals keep popping up in the consumer press this year—and the more they do, the more their business seems to grow.
Travel agents make travel less stressful.
When booking a vacation, destination wedding or honeymoon, the last thing a traveler should have to do is worry.
“It is a special memory in your lifetime that should only result in a pleasant experience all the way through. A travel agent is vital in planning these special memories as they take the worry off of you and let you focus solely on the exciting events to come and what you shall pack.
Agents have a personal understanding of your interests and insight into a specific destinations and segments of travel. A good travel agent spends time getting to know the customer and so can make recommendations tailored to what you want to do.
Mai Chau :
With towns like Sapa becoming more touristic, Mai Chau offers a great alternative.
Mai Châu is a mountainous region located in Hòa Bình Province, approximately 135 km from Hanoi (3.5 hour drive)and 65 km from Hòa Bình town. This idyllic valley is embraced by emerald mountains and clouds, making it an retreat centre in North Vietnam.
There is an estimated 50,000 inhabitants including 7 Ethnic Minority groups. ‘White Thai’, ‘H’Mong’, ’Zao’, ’Muong’, ’Tay’, ’Hoa’, and ‘Viet’. Mai Chau consists mainly of the ‘White Thai’ people. The Ban Lac People have Thai ancestors that settled in the North-Western area of Vietnam. The two tribes, White Thai and Black Thai, settled in the same area and make up the largest ethnic population of the region.
Homestay: Staying overnight in a homestay with locals is a true experience to learn more about its culture, history and people. The Lac and Pom Coong villages are backpacker centre, you should go to Van Village for more authentic homestay. For something more comfortable and private, the 4-star Mai Chau Lodge is the choice.
Ban Gioc Waterfalls :
Ban Gioc Waterfall is one of Vietnam’s most impressive natural sights. Located in the northeastern province of Cao Bang, the falls are 30 metres high and 300 metres across, making Ban Gioc the widest – but not the highest – waterfall in the country. The falls occur on the Quay Son River, a beautiful jade-blue body of water, flowing through a pastoral landscape of rice fields and bamboo groves, surrounded by limestone pinnacles.
At Ban Gioc, the Quay Son River forms the border between Vietnam and China. Consequently, the falls are half in Vietnam and half in China. Both countries have bamboo rafts that punt visitors around the base of the falls for better views of the cascade: you can literally shake hands with Chinese tourists on the other rafts. Ban Gioc Waterfall is 350km from Hanoi. It’s reached via a good national highway to Cao Bang City, and then several recently upgraded provincial roads, leading through fantastic countryside to the falls. It’s now easier than ever to visit Ban Gioc, but still very few people, especially foreign travellers, make it here.
Ha Giang :
The remote province of northern Vietnam with the most beautiful scenery.
Ha Giang province (Hà Giang) in northern Vietnam is less frequented by tourists. Ha Giang is the place where almost 90% of the population are ethnic minorities with their own cultures and lifestyles. During the last 20 years, whilst other Vietnamese provinces and cities experienced economic development, Ha Giang was the place which seems to have stood still in time. The main reason for this has been the political situation and relations with China.
Ha Giang is a unique place, that is untouched by mass tourism.
The Chinese invasion of 1979 has been forgotten now, and the Vietnamese Government has financially helped with the construction of the new roads and infrastructure, and there are also some modest hotels. In Ha Giang town you will find any type of hotels and accommodation as well as homestay. If you continue to Dong Van and Meo Vac, the amount of accommodation on offer shrinks. Vietnamese tourism is gradually increasing, and in addition some foreign tourists are coming here.
Dong Van Karst Global Geopark is the home of 17 ethnic minority groups.
Ethnic minorities create a unique and rich cultural heritage of the area. Traditional practices and habits of these ethnic groups are very diverse and interesting, and they attract many travellers who have a chance to explore these unique aspects. The northern most place of Vietnam is the village Lung Cu which has the Vietnamese flag on Dragon mountain. Lung Cu is known for its many special foods and beverages. You can taste the alcohol made from honey and corn, or Thang Co soup, which is cooked from every part of the animal.