Northwestern Peaks of Vietnam Becomes Tourism Focus

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Vietnam tourism industry has been receiving a significant focus in the past few years; many efforts have been made to make the country a more ideal destination for tourists. Aside from the busy and exciting Ho Chi Minh City with historic public buildings, the Cu Chi tunnels and mesmerizing Mekong Delta, Northern Vietnam offers a greater variety of landscape for visitors who love an escape to nature.

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The simple beauty of the Mekong Delta

Now Vietnam’s tourism industry have recently made an announcement that they will focus on the tourist-favorite town of Sapa and neighboring peaks. Sapa and other provinces located in Northwestern peaks of Vietnam are known for their breathtaking views of the mountains and local people’s work of art, the staircase rice-fields.

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Breath-taking Sapa scenery. Photo: sinhcafetour

Last Saturday, the national tourism officials held a ceremony in Lao Cai, a province in the northern mountain area of Vietnam, the purpose of the event was to welcome tourism year 2017 with the slogan “Colors of the Northwest.”

Mr. Nguyen Van Binh, head of the Steering Committee for the Northwestern Region, said Lao Cai Province expects tourism “breakthroughs” this year. Mr. Binh, however, also made remarks that as far as developing tourism in the region goes, the government and citizens here should develop tourism products on par with its potential and continue to fix problems such as poor hygiene and underdeveloped infrastructure. Lao Cai province is home to the tourist-favorite resort town of Sapa and Fansipan, the highest peak in Indochina, the ideal destination for adventure loving tourists. 

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Our intern – Maile, on her trip to Sapa

Lao Cai received nearly 2.8 million visitors in 2016, including 750,000 foreigners. Because of its immense tourism potentials and government investments in infrastructure here, the province is hoping to welcome four million visitors this year. Bordered by Laos and China, the mountains of northern Vietnam is not only known for Sapa town, they are also well-known for their sensational scenery and culture in other beloved places like Dong Van, Moc Chau and Mu Cang Chai. In the past, the remote area was overlooked by locals, but has gradually become a rising star thanks to accolades from foreign sources like Rough Guides and TripAdvisor. The latter named Sa Pa one of 43 best vacation choices for 2017, based on user ratings.

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Sapa is famous for the diverse ethnicity here. Photo: Sapa Tours

Forbes magazine also recommended Vietnam’s northern mountains as one of 21 low-cost travel destinations for 2017, a place travelers can capture amazing shots of rice terraces, towering mountains, twisting roads and ethnic minority communities.


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