Northwest Vietnam

Hoa Binh - Song Da Reservoir - Mai Chau - Moc Chau - Yen Chau - Son La - Tuan Giao - Pa Khoang Lake - Dien Bien Phu - Muong Lay - Muong Te - Sin Ho - Lai Chau - Sa Pa - Lao Cai - Bac Ha - Ha Giang Province


IDD Code:(+84) 23
Sinho is a scenic mountain village that is home to a large number of ethnic minorities It should attract more tourists, but the police have a poor reputation here and there is a 'You ain't from around here look" on the faces of many locals. Strange, but true. There is a colourful Sunday market, although the dingy People's Committee Guesthouse has the only beds in town and they have to be pressured into accepting foreigners. Sinho is a 38km climb on a treacherous dirt road that is one of the most spectacular runs In the region. The turn-off is about 1km north of Chan Nua, on the road from Muong Lay, and it takes about 11/2 hours each way. The road has been under construction for years, but it is still not complete. However, the road from the new Lai Chau to the north is in pretty reasonable shape and is helping to slowly put Sinho on the map.
Follow the road from the signposted turn-off on Hwy 12 towards Muong Te for about 8km to encounter a peculiar historical relic: an ancient poem carved in stone by 15th-century emperor Le Loi, who had succeeded in expelling the Chinese from the region. The poem was (eft as a warning for any other potential invaders not to mess with Le Loi. The translation from Chinese reads: Hey! The humble, coward and frantic rebels, I come here to counter-attack for the sake of the border inhabitants. There existed the betrayed subjects since the beginning of human history. The land is no longer dangerous. The plants' figures, the whisper of the wind. and even the singing of the songbirds startle the mean enemy. The nation is now integrated and this carved poem an amulet for Eastern peace of the country. An Auspicious Day of December, The Year of the Pigs. To find this vestige, look for the narrow flight of steps marked by a small stone placard reading 'Di Tich Lich Su - Bia Le Loi' on the roadside overlooking the river.