Go off the beaten track! Our top 7 destinations

Proving that Vietnam has many hidden gems, these 7 destination listed below make it to Footprint’s top off-beaten-path destinations. Whatever your holiday preference are, there is something for everyone in these destinations on the road less travelled.

1. Bai Tu Long

Bai Tu Long Bay, located directly beside the world renowned Ha Long Bay, remains well preserved. The bay features are very similar to that of Ha Long with towering limestone and countless islands and small islets. Enjoy an overnight cruise on a traditional junk boat, explore caves and visit floating villages.

2. Pu Luong

Located only a half-day’s drive (~160 km) from Hanoi, Pu Luong Nature Reserve ranks as top 1 of Footprint guests’ favorite adventures. An extensive network or trekking, cycling, and motor biking trails will lead our clients deep into the pristine forest, passing by limestone and valley and visit many ethnic minority villages of majority of the Thai and Muong.

3. Ha Giang

Nested along the Chinese border, Ha Giang is a mysterious mountain region that remains pristine and well-preserved by the effect of mass tourism. Offering the most dramatic road trip scenery, Ha Giang will knock our clients off their feet with exotic surroundings. Adding to this, a hub of cultural diversity with 22 ethnic minorities and traditional market bustling with life make Ha Giang a rewarding destination to travel off the beaten path.

4. Cao Bang

Cao Bang is home to several ethnic minorities, notably the Dao, Tay and Nung whose tradtional way of life still remained. Few travellers have ventured this far north but those who make effort are rewarded with the alluring landscape from Ban Gioc – Vietnam’s highest waterfall to tranquil Ba Be Lake. Several sites where Uncle Ho lived and worked before the August 1945 Revolution include Pac Bo, Coc Bo cave, Lenin stream and Khuoi Nam stream.

5. Quang Binh

Quang Binh is the most wanted destination for cave explorers offering magnificent cave system including Phong Nha Ke Bang – UNESCO World Heritage Site, Son Doong – The world’s largest cave, Tu Lan, Paradise cave and so on. Quang Binh is also rich in biodiversity with great diversity of rare flora and fauna. Take 3 day trip deep into the heart of these wonders.

6. Kon tum

Unlike busy Buon Ma Thuot and concrete-heavy Pleiku, only a few of ethnic minority villages among total of 650 have been visited. Meet the locals here that call this area home and visit Rong house – a symbol of culture in the Central Highlands.

7. Con Dao

The Con Dao archipelago has 20 unspoiled beautiful beaches, mountains and primitive forest that create a poetic landscape. Con Dao offers a perfect beach break to discover the marine world with diving. The Main Island is a former prison colony and the old jail building can still be visited along with fascinating and moving museum.


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