WE ASKED THE EXPERTS WHICH PARTS OF ASIA ARE NOT REGARDED AS ICONIC, BUT SHOULD BE. READ ON TO LEARN MORE ABOUT GETTING OFF THE BEATEN PATH ON YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE.
1. Sapa and Ha Giang, northern Vietnam
Sapa’s terraced rice fields sit high amongst Vietnam’s tallest mountains.
Home to colorful hilltribes such as the H’mong and Red Dzao, Sapa sits high amongst Vietnam’s tallest mountains. Light treks through the terraced rice fields reveal the rural way of life of the hilltribes living at high altitudes.
“Sapa is well known but probably not as iconic as it could be given what it offers, and with the new highway linking it to Hanoi it’s easier than ever for travelers to get to. If you have three days or more then head even farther north and explore the Ha Giang. Generally free of tourists you’ll see local life unfold and meet the ethnic communities that call this beautiful region on the Vietnamese-Chinese border home.”
– Aaron Edgington, Vietnam Country Manager, Insider Journeys