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) 22
Predominantly agricultural, this district is known for its abundant fruits. Bananas aside, all fruits grown here are seasonal - mangoes. plums and peaches are harvested from April to June, longans in July and August, and cus- tard apples in August and September. The mangoes are considered to be some of the tastiest in Vietnam, although travellers may find them disappointing at first, as they are small and green rather than big, yellow and juicy as in the tropical south. However, many Vietnamese prefer the somewhat tart taste and aroma of the green ones, especially dipped in nuoc mam (fish sauce) and sugar Yen Chau is 260km from Hanoi (67,000d), approximately seven hours by road. A bus from Yen Chau to Son La will cost 15,000d.