14 Jan 2021

Having a dozen of the best places to visit that stretch from Ha Giang, Sapa, to Hanoi, Halong bay, etc. North Vietnam attractions take travelers on a long journey through many amazing and breathtaking sceneries.

Table Contents
  • I - Overview northern Vietnam travel
  • II - Best places to visit in northern Vietnam
  • 1 - Hanoi Capital
  • 2 - Ha Long Bay -  a heritage of north Vietnam tourism
  • 4 - Sapa always is a must see in north Vietnam
  • 5 - Ha Giang 
  • 6 - Mai Chau
  • 7 - Ninh Binh
  • 8 - Dien Bien Phu
  • 9 - Bac Ha valley
  • III - Travel tips for North Vietnam travel 
  • IV - Suggested tours in the North Vietnam
fansipan in north vietnam travel
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I - Overview northern Vietnam travel

Northern Vietnam covers approximately 116,332.5 thousand km2 (According to the General Statistics Bureau of Vietnam). The Northern of Vietnam is the most densely populated area in the country with a population of more than 22 million people, this is also the long-standing place of ethnic minorities such as: Dao, H'mong, Tay, Thai, etc. 
Historically, the Northern is the place to record many heroic feats in the cause of building and defending the country of the Vietnamese people. Dau Go Cave, Bach Dang River, Ba Dinh Square,... are clear examples of the heroic history of the Vietnamese. 
Northern Vietnam is blessed with many beautiful scenes, the best of northern Vietnam attractions such as  Ha Long Bay, Ban Gioc waterfall, Mount Fansipan,... attracting many tourists to visit. Not only that, when visiting the Northern of Vietnam, you can also experience cultural activities and festivals imbued with the identity of the ethnic minorities, helping you to have an interesting and colorful experience come to this land.

ban gioc waterfall north vietnam travel

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II - Best places to visit in northern Vietnam

1 - Hanoi Capital

Located in the center of the Northern Delta, Hanoi is the Vietnam capital of a thousand years of civilization with many typical neighborhoods, preserving the ancient architecture.
Hanoi attracts visitors by its tranquil beauty, mixed with gentle ancient features. Coming to Hanoi, visitors will have the opportunity to visit relics such as Ba Dinh Square, Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple, Temple of Literature – Imperial Academy, Duong Lam Ancient Village, Bat Trang Pottery Village, …
Travel to north Vietnam, Hanoi capital is probably a must visit destination. 
Regarding accommodation services, Hanoi has many famous hotels, convenient for you to choose from when traveling long-term, such as: Hilton Opera Hanoi (address at No. 01 Le Thanh Tong street, Hoan Kiem District), Intercontinental Hanoi (No. 5 Tu Hoa street, Hoan Kiem District),... visitors can choose other forms such as: homestay, hostel, ...

2 - Ha Long Bay -  a heritage of north Vietnam tourism

halong bay in north vietnam travel

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Ha Long Bay Vietnam was recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage in 1994, and was voted as one of the 7 natural wonders of the new world in 2012.
Coming to Ha Long, you will be able to admire the magnificent limestone islands, mysterious and enchanting stalactites such as Sung Sot cave, Thien Cung cave... and beautiful beaches and clear water. green of Bai Tu Long Bay, Co To Island and other islands in the bay,... To HaLong Bay, you must try feeling overnight on the yacht!
3 - Cat Ba Island a lovely destination to travel in north Vietnam
Cat Ba archipelago consists of 367 islands, including Cat Ba Island in the south of Ha Long Bay, off the coast of Hai Phong and Quang Ninh. Located 30km from Hai Phong city and 25km from Ha Long city, Cat Ba island is considered a precious gem in the Northern sea.
With unspoiled beauty, eye-catching green beaches, rich forest ecosystems, Cat Ba island constantly attracts tourists, especially when summer comes. Visiting Cat Ba, you definitely have to soak in cool water, row a boat around Lan Ha Bay, visit Monkey Island and enjoy fresh seafood dishes.  
Cat Ba has many hotels from budget to high-end to serve tourists, some such as Quynh Trang Hotel, Cat Ba Green Hotel, Cat Ba Eco Lodge ...

4 - Sapa always is a must see in north Vietnam

sapa in north vietnam travel

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Sapa is a town in Lao Cai province, 350 km from Hanoi, considered a miniature Europe with a cool year-round climate. The average annual temperature in Sapa is 15 ℃ (59), in summer it ranges from 20℃ to 25℃ (68 ℉ to 77 ℉), and in winter is usually below 10℃ (50 ℉). and sometimes below 0℃ (32 ℉).
The special feature of Sapa is that the weather here converges all four seasons in a day. The morning is spring, the afternoon is sunny, but not harshly, it reminds people of summer, the dewy afternoon is as cold as autumn and the evening is a bit cold in winter.
Coming to Sapa, visitors cannot miss the journey to discover Fansipan, visit ethnic minority villages such as Cat Cat village, Ta Phin village ... or check-in at the terraced fields.  

5 - Ha Giang 

Taking a Ha Giang loop trip is one of the best things to do in north Vietnam. Ha Giang is 320 km from Hanoi, is the topmost province in the Northern of Vietnam. Arriving in Ha Giang, tourists seem to be lost in a strange space, with high mountains and wide sky, there is the sound of boys playing flutes following the girls dancing to the market. Colorful and flavorful upland session-market will be a must-visit destination for visitors when visiting Ha Giang.
In addition, the famous places worth visiting such as Chin Khoanh Pass, Ma Pi Leng Pass, Vuong Family's Residence, Dong Van Plateau ... What is more wonderful than participating in “checking” trips to the West Con Linh range, try high mountains.

6 - Mai Chau

mai chau  north vietnam travel

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Located in the west of Hoa Binh, bordered by Moc Chau district of Son La, Mai Chau valley is another one of the north Vietnam tourist spots with the majestic natural beauty and unique cultural features of the ethnic minorities.
Coming to Mai Chau, you can’t ignore the tours, cultural exchanges, cuisine in pristine villages such as: Jump village, Lac village. If you love taking photos and exploring the frames In the natural scene, you can choose to visit places such as: Mo Luong cave; Thung Khe pass, Mai Chau flagpole, ...
When traveling in Mai Chau, you can choose to rest at motels or some resorts / bungalows in Mai Chau town such as Mai Chau Eco House; Mai Chau Sky resort, Mai Chau Lodge. In addition, you can choose to stay in the stilt houses of the Thai people in Lak and Poom Coong villages.

7 - Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh always is marked in the top best places in northern Vietnam with lots of outstanding tourist spots. Ninh Binh, about 93 km from Hanoi to the South, possesses many beautiful landscapes, historical relics along with famous natural, ecological and cultural heritages such as Trang An, Dam Van Long, Tam Coc - Bich Dong, Bai Dinh pagoda, Hoa Lu ancient capital ... The famous dishes of this region include Ninh Binh mountain goat, burnt rice, Yen Mac sour spring rolls, ...
In Ninh Binh, there are many motels and hotels from budget to luxury. The most famous of which is the Vissai Ninh Binh hotel; Emeralda Resort Ninh Binh, Ninh Binh Legend hotel, ...

8 - Dien Bien Phu

Dien Bien Phu, 454 km Northern East of Hanoi, is a place associated with Vietnam's glorious victory over the French empire. This historic spot is one of the best places to go in north Vietnam if you are looking for a historic site that existed after the War. 
Each season, Dien Bien Phu will have its own characteristics, such as the season of flowers in March, September, the golden season, and December with the wild flowers season.
The historical places you must visit such as Him Lam Hill, Independence Hill, Hills of C1, A1, C2, D1, De Castries Tunnel, Martyrs Cemetery ... The accommodation services in Dien Bien Phu are also plentiful Not less when there are both types of homestay Thai and hotels like Him Lam, Nhu Ngoc, Muong Thanh ...

9 - Bac Ha valley

bac ha valley in north vietnam travelSource: Laocaitourism

Bac Ha Valley is a place to preserve and display many beautiful flowers located 1.5km from the center of Bac Ha town (Lao Cai).
With a cool year-round climate, this is a suitable place to grow many types of flowers such as hydrangeas, lavender, orchids. At night, visitors will be immersed with cheerful melodies and a typical dance of upland ethnic groups. Watching beautiful flowers, enjoying dancing and singing by the campfire will probably be an unforgettable experience for visitors.

III - Travel tips for North Vietnam travel 

To Hanoi, you should visit in the autumn or spring because the weather in Hanoi in autumn is cool and the scenery is also poetic, while in spring the weather is warm and has many traditional festivals.
If you want to explore the Northern mountainous area, you should avoid August, September and October because there is a great risk of storms, flash floods and landslides in these months.
As for Ha Long Bay, visitors should come in the period from March to May and from September to November. At these times, the weather is mild, with little rainfall and no storms, helping you. can experience all activities in the bay from underwater to mountain
Coming to Ninh Binh, you should avoid going at the beginning of the year, because there are many festivals taking place now attracting thousands of domestic tourists. If you go at this time, you can hardly feel the beauty of nature and people here and the services will also be more expensive.
Then, the best time to visit North Vietnam is from late October to April when the weather is so comfortable and the landscapes are most stunning and charming. 

IV - Suggested tours in the North Vietnam

There are many companies that organize tours to the North such as Hanoitourist Travel Company, Best Price company, Booking company, Vietravel ... You can refer to some tours: tour Hanoi-Ha Long-Sapa 4-day of Viet Travel, tour Ha Long-Ninh Binh 4 days 3 nights, tour Hanoi-Moc Chau-Son La-Dien Bien 4 days 3 nights, tour Ha Giang-Dong Van-Lung Cu 3 days 2 nights ...
Being known as heaven of travel with numerous north Vietnam places to visit,  travellers will absolutely fall in love with landscapes and culture here.  

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