Van Ho Son La offers some of best Vietnam off the beaten track holidays and soft adventure journeys in Vietnam. Van Ho is a mountainous district of Son La province in the northwest Vietnam. The district covers an area of 979 square kilometres.
Van Ho district contains 14 communes including Chieng Khoa, Chieng Xuan, Chieng Yen, Lien Hoa, Long Luong, Muong Men, Muong Te, Quang Minh, Song Khua, Suoi Bang, Tan Xuan, To Mua, Van Hoa, and Xuan Nha.
Getting to Van Ho
The best way to get to Van Ho district is to take the short internal flight from Hanoi to Na San airport, Son La province. From there, you can either hire a car or take a motor-taxi to be brought to Van Ho.
If you travel in a small group, hiring a car from Hanoi may be a better choice. The car journey takes about 4 hours on road. It offers you the chance to discover the northwest region of Vietnam.
There are public buses from Hanoi to Van Ho Son La. Both day buses and night buses are available at My Dinh bus station. Buses are usually full at weekend.
When to go
Van Ho features a tropical monsoon climate, which is characterized by torrential rains in the summer (from May to September) and cold and dry in winter (from November to January). Like many other travel places in the northern Vietnam, Van Ho also suffers from the influence of the dry and hot wind from Laos in summer which makes the weather intolerable sometimes.
Van Ho’s climate is divided into two distinct seasons. Winter lasts from October to March of the next year, and summer from April to September. The annual average temperature is 21.4oC.
What to do
Trekking is the best way to discover the mountainous district of Van Ho Vietnam. Hiking offers the chance to explore Van Ho tropical forest, luxuriant mountains, remote hill tribe villages, terraced paddy fields. Whether it is a single day hike or multi day treks we have something to suit everybody. Maybe you just want to trek through remote hill tribe villages around Van Ho or maybe you really want to get away from the crowds we can customize an trekking itinerary for you.
Cycling is another great way to discover Van Ho and its surrounding areas. The less-traveled district of Van Ho has sealed, paved cycle routes, single dirt tracks, mountain trails offering fantastic bike rides for enthusiastic road cyclists and mountain bikers. We have a range of road cycling tours and mountain bike tours around Van Ho Son La and the north west region of Vietnam, providing options for both those who want some mountain challenges and those who prefer long flat rides.
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