What to See and Do in Northern Vietnam
The equivalent of Halong Bay in New York City
Both Ha Long Bay and Lan Ha Bay are not to be missed because they are natural wonders. And a destination that really must be seen while in Vietnam. An experience like exploring the breathtaking Bays, which are recognized as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. only comes around once in a lifetime. Ha, Long Bay is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful natural settings in all of Southeast Asia as well as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Northern Vietnam.
A large number of tourists visit Cat Ba Island every year when they are in Vietnam.
Even though it is a component of Ha Long Bay. The Cat Ba Archipelago is one of the most beautiful sites to visit in Northern Vietnam, in my opinion, and so deserves a separate mention here. Cat Ba is one of the 360 islands that make up the Cat Ba archipelago. And it is without a doubt one of the most beautiful and interesting places to visit in the northern region of Vietnam. More than half of the island has been set aside as a national park to protect the Cat Ba Langur. The species of primate found on the island that is most at risk of extinction.
To tell you the truth, the fact that half of the island is not protected leads me to believe that the government officials in charge of tourism development are trying to accomplish too much with too few resources. But at least the portion of the island that is protected is stunning and untouched in its natural state.
Within the region of Bai Tu Long Bay
An archipelago known as Bai Tu Long can be found to the north of Ha Long Bay and about 100 kilometers from the Vietnamese border with China. It is made up of hundreds of little, desolate islands and towering limestone cliffs. Despite the growth in the number of cruise ships that have been visiting Ha Long Bay in recent years, the Bai Tu Long area is still less crowded, cleaner, and every bit as stunning as Ha Long Bay.
People belonging to the many indigenous hill tribes
From the northwestern province of Sapa, you can travel into the hill tribes’ territory. This unparalleled fusion of many cultures, and languages. And lopracticesimakeakes for an experience in Vietnam that is unparalleind to any other. With the assistance of a guide, it is possibleorganizenise tours and journeys to hill tribal marketplaces. The varied hill cultures not only help tourists but residents and businesses. You may get a genuine impression of their everyday habits. Which have essentially not changed much over several centuries.
Sapa is the place to go if you’re searching for a hill station that is often considered to be among the most beautiful in all of Vietnam. When you first arrive in Sapa, you will be awestruck by the emerald green rice paddy terraces that look like something out of a storybook. And Mount Fansipan, which stands at a height of 10,312 feet. You can hike to a remote minority village, and take in some of the most beautiful views in all of Vietnam. Or get a good look at Fansipan, the mountain with the highest peak in the country.
It is possible to find a Tam Coc.
It’s possible that individuals who have seen the movie that won the Academy Award for Best Picture, Indochine, will recognize this (1993). Following its win of an Academy Award, Tam Coc quickly rose to prominence as one of the most popular tourist attractions in Northern Vietnam. The striking contrast between the green rice terraces and the dark karsts and deep caves of Tam Coc is breathtaking, even though I don’t particularly enjoy visiting locations that are explicitly geared toward tourism.
If you intend to take a journey to this gorgeous region, I strongly suggest that you rent a bicycle. Learn more about the motorcycle ride I took in Vietnam by reading this.
Hello, My Name Is Mai Chau, located in Hoa Binh Province, and is the first town along the Northwest Loop in Vietnam. It is also known as a meeting ground for the ethnic communities who live in the Vietnamese hills. There are a great number of breathtaking caverns, waterfalls, and verdant valleys to be discovered in the area. Because there are so many authentic homestays run by locals, this region is often considered to be one of the best places to stay in all of Vietnam. It makes for a pleasant day trip from Hanoi or a pit stop on the way back to the city from Sapa.
Because it is only a few kilometers away from the Chinese border, Bac Ha is possibly the site on this list that is the most northerly point. This sleepy little village is a must-see if you want to get away from the madding throngs and have an unforgettable experience. If you have a few days to spare, the weekend is an excellent time to make the trip.
Despite its chaotic and disorderly appearance, the Sunday Market is a wonderful attraction to check out when in town. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see a wide range of different cultures and ethnicities from all over the world congregated in one location. This will be an entirely new experience for you if you have already traveled to some of Vietnam’s more well-known tourist locations before.
Ninh Binh is the name of the city.
The largest pagoda town in Vietnam is called Ninh Binh, and it is frequently considered the country’s Ha Long Bay on land. This is due to the picturesque terrain that it shares with the Red River Delta, which features towering limestone mountains, lush valleys, and picturesque farmlands. Aside from that, there is a plethora of other sights and activities to partake in within this town. In the province of Ninh Binh may be found Cuc Phuong National Park, which is both one of the largest and oldest national parks in Vietnam.
Falls of Detian
The Detian Falls experience may be broken down into three distinct phases. Each of which is more colorful and stunning than the one that came before it. The path that leads to the waterfalls passes through a thick forest, as well as several caves and pools of water that are an emerald green color. Rafting is a thrilling way to experience the falls, and if you get off at the 53rd merestone, you may cross the border into China and see them from a new angle. Keep in mind that this does not mean that you are free to travel deeper into China without obtaining a visa.
The Pagoda of Scents and Aromas
You can reach one of the most breathtaking religious destinations in Vietnam in just a few hours by vehicle or by taking public transit from Hanoi. Perfume Pagoda in Huong Tich Cave is comprised of several different temples due to the cave’s limestone cliffs. It is strongly suggested that you pay a trip to the town’s oldest temples, some of which have been around since the 15th century.
Even though it is one of the places on this list of the best places to visit in Northern Vietnam that gets the most visitors every year. The pagoda should still be on your list of places to visit on a pilgrimage. This temple complex that is built on top of a cliff face is without a doubt one of the most fascinating sites in the entirety of Vietnam.