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
This remote mountain town is at the junction of Hwy 42 to Dien Bien Phu (three hours, 80km) and Hwy 6 to Muong Lav (three hours 98ykm). Pew people spend te night here; unless they are running behind schedule and can't make it to Dien Bien Phu. However, if you are taking your time through the north west, it is a logical place to bed down for I lie night.
Tuan Giao Hotel (tell: 862 613; r 150,000-200,000d) has been recently renovated, although you wouldn't necessarily know it when you arrive The rooms aren't bad, including hot showers but the beds are pretty hard, even compared with sleeping on the floor in Mai Chau. It 'A about 150m from the main junction in the direction of Muong Lay. One of the only real restaurants in town. Hoang Quat Restaurant (tell: 862 482; dishes 15.000-40,000d) is a popular lunchtime stop for small groups touring the northwest, but it is almost deserted by night - a telling sign that few people overnight here. It is about 500m from the junction towards Dien Bien Phu and has a small selection of Vietnamese favourites and Western classics. Most travellers approach Tuan Giao from Son La (two hours, 75km). The government is continuing the new road from Son La this way, carving new cuts into the mountain, but it will be some years before it is ready for use. Pew travellers use the direct road from Tuan Giao to Muong Lay, as most are visiting Dien Bien Phu. It's a wild road, and also a wild ride, for experienced motorbikers, but it docs offer some of the best scenery in the region.