Vietnam has been one of the most affordable destinations in the world satisfying travelers for several years. Would you like to spend your holidays on warm sunny beaches or cool gentle hills? Northern Vietnam could be a nice answer for any choice. We strive to synthesize Northern Vietnam travel information and find out 6 best places ever to visit in northern Vietnam to prevent you from being confused about weighing up a perfect trip and also give you some tips for backpacking Vietnam. We hope this list is helpful to you.
Sapa is a small town inside rolling hills in northwest Vietnam, where some ethnic groups such as H’Mong, Red Zao, Tay, etc. inhabit. Sapa has so much to offer to all travelers. You can go climbing Ham Rong mountain and enjoy the beauty of plenty flowers, or trek to minorities’ villages to witness the isolated and lagging life in there. Most tourists love to stay with local families to learn more about their lifestyle, but some choose homestay for convenience. On the route you will be impressed by terraced rice paddies on hill slopes, bamboo forests and waterfalls. Fansipan peak is also an option for adventurers to go hiking, you can catch the sunshine in the middle of the mountain, but you will see the cloud and fog cover the entire peak when you stand in summit. One of most things to do in Sapa is to join Bac Ha Market in Sunday morning (held only on Sunday morning), which is the most interesting ethnic market in Vietnam.
2. Ha Long Bay
Ha Long Bay must be the most famous tourist attractions in Vietnam because of its being inscribed in the World Heritage List by its outstanding scenery. There are lots of great beautiful natural limestone islands rising spectacularly from the ocean. The water is so blue and clean that you can see fishes swimming under water surface. You better wake up early in the morning and admire slowly sun rising from the horizon, then take a cruise discovering every corner of the bay especially enormous caves. Each cave has its all beauty features and mysteries to explore. You must immerse yourself in the beauty of Ha Long’s nature.
3. Tam Dao
This 86-kilometer-far-from-Hanoi town is famous for its special food called “su su”- a leafy green vegetable served boiled or fried with garlic, and some others such as deer, squirrel, porcupine and boar. It seems to be a tranquil town with scenic foggy hills, bamboo forests, waterfalls and peaceful temples. Here are some famous destinations in Tam Dao: temple of Watershed Queen (you have to pass 200 stone stairs inside a bamboo forest to reach it), Golden Pagoda, Silver Waterfall (you have to go along a trail, down to a deep valley to see the fall hiding in the mountain), Rung ring peak with fairy beauty, Ancient Church (standing from here you can see all of Tam Dao nature), Sky Gate etc.
4. Ao Vua (King Pond)
It is 70km to the west far from Hanoi, one of rare destinations which still keeps natural and cultural appearance. Have you ever heard about the story “Son Tinh, Thuy Tinh” or “Ngoc Hoa princess”? They are all related to King Pond - a majestic fresh landscape. There are lots of hills, mountains, waterfall and streams for you to visit, and the fresh atmosphere here is appropriate for you to take refreshment. It is not difficult to find a cheap hotel with amenities and good views here, so as cheap tasty foods.
5. Mai Chau
Mai Chau is a remote idyllic town of Thai ethnic, also called “lonely planet”. Year-round fresh cool atmosphere, crooked narrow slope, cloudy mountains and colorful flowers, all make Mai Chau a romantic peaceful place that it is hard to leave once you had stayed. Lac village is the destination that tourists usually come first, especially expats. This village is always lively and friendly. You can doss down for the night in traditional stilt houses and wake up to a rural soundtrack defined by gurgling irrigation streams and birdsong, see how the textiles are made by handy women or join in local market. Mai Chau is also famous for its honey, sticky rice, rice wine, brocades, etc. If you looking for hiking, biking and relaxation, Mai Chau fits the bill nicely.
6. Ha Noi
It is undoubted that this capital city is one of must-see spots in Vietnam. You cannot find beautiful nature, but ancient historic architecture here. In the heart of the city is Hoan Kiem Lake which Ngoc Son Temple stands on, the living on the lake’s shore is always bustling in the morning with lots of activities such as doing exercises, yoga, walking, breakfast, etc. The second place you should head to is Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, be sure to keep silent and solemn here. Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam is also a historic architectural place to visit. The temple hosted the “Imperial Academy”- Vietnam’s first national university built in 1070. It may take you whole day to explore all areas of this place and bring you excitement. Depart for Dong Ho village to know more about Vietnamese folk paintings or see beautiful colorful harmony in paintings. Bet you have nice trip here.
While 6 places above are recommended, it’s up to you to decide which of these places are right for you. And don’t forget that we always provide accommodating tours for tourists coming to Vietnam with one goal: to give you pleasant and unforgettable experiences in Vietnam.
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