Rarities of the Northwest cultures of Vietnam

Known for ravishing terraces and majestic mountain ranges, the Northwest region proves worthy of its permanent spot in the bucket list. The Northwest cultures retain their distinct uniqueness, from costumes, commuting and lifestyle to beliefs, traditions and architecture.

Sophisticated traditional costumes

Each ethnic group in the Northwest area embraces their own traditional costume which embodies their identity, land, habits, and their own culture. “Exotic” & “colorful” are just two of the many words to describe the look of these Northwest costumes.
 

Exotic love markets

One of the beautiful and unique traditions of highlanders is love markets - an annual, specifically when spring arrives, an occasion where surrounding villagers dress up and gather at the central land. This fascinating market is not only for trading local specialties but also for matchmaking and catching up with each other after a year of hard work.

Diverse cuisine

Each ethnic group possesses its own cuisine, creating a wide array of unique dishes. While Thai people have “Pa pinh top” and H’mong people have “men men”, there are some staples shared by every group of people in the Northwest, such as “thang co”, foods made from buffalo meat, stream fish, etc.  

Traditional crafts

There are a variety of techniques used by people from different parts of the Northwest to produce traditional crafts such as brocade, carved silver, indigo dye, bamboo/rattan knitting, etc. 

Sapa is seen as the muse of the Northwest region. Not only are visitors mesmerized by the breathtaking scenery, but also astonished and amazed by the beauty of the land’s cultures. Sapa is rustic but alluring, a breath of fresh air that captivates travelers from all around the world, near and far.

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