Head east of Dien Bien Phu and you’ll reach paddy and banana plantations nestled amongst limestone hills – entrance to the small town of Son La.
Although small, Son La is an industrious, interesting and welcoming town. Wander round taking in the charm of this isolated provincial capital, and be sure to check out the old French Prision, an underground river system and with channels to nearby minority villages. This area was a hot-bed of anti-French resistence and many famous revolutionaries were imprisioned here, including local hero To Hieu, after whom the main street of Son La has been named.
We explore this interesting little town on our North Unveiled tour.