Top Northern Vietnam destinations

With the exceptionally beautiful landscapes and cultural values, Northern Vietnam has attracted a huge number of tourists each year. Following from vietnamtravelreviews are some best places to visit in the north of Vietnam.

1. Hanoi

Of course, Hanoi – the capital of Vietnam cannot be missed in any Northern Vietnam travel tips. The beautiful and peaceful city of Hanoi has a thousand years of history, possessing alluring beauty which has been highly appreciated by both local and foreign tourists.

Hanoi flag tower

The flag tower of Hanoi (Source: Internet)

The city of Hanoi has seen the up and down of the country, thus remaining some tangible and intangible value of a nation with long-lasting history. Here exists the Citadel of Thang Long – the social and political center of Vietnam under Ly, Le, and Tran Dynasties. It was also where French Government worked during their conquest of Vietnam. Hence, visiting the Citadel of Thang Long, you can see the cluster of Eastern and Western Cultures, especially through architecture. Some famous relics like Hanoi Flag Tower, North Gate and D67 Tunnel and House. Next, to the citadel stands the mausoleum of Uncle Ho – the great leader of the country during Vietnam war. 

Duong Lam Ancient Village

Gate to Duong Lam Ancient Village (Source: Internet)

There are many other places to explore in Hanoi such as Hanoi Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake, Temple of Literature, West Lake, Duong Lam ancient village, where you can approach Hanoi’s culture and daily lives.

One more thing to do is to try Hanoi Food. The specialties in Hanoi Old Quarter will definitely amaze you.

2. Ninh Binh

If you are limestone lovers, Ninh Binh will be a perfect choice for your Northern Vietnam Trip

Tam Coc Bich Dong

Ways to Tam Coc – Bich Dong, Trang An complex

Located just about 3 hours driving from Hanoi, Ninh Binh Province is famous for its spectacular landscapes and cultural values. Trang An Landscape Complex in this province has been recognized as the World’s Cultural and Natural Heritage. With marvelous limestone peaks and caves surrounded by rice paddies, Trang An is one of the best destinations in Vietnam for travelers.

Bai Dinh Pagoda

Bai Dinh – the biggest Buddhist pagoda in Southeast Asia (Source: Internet)

In addition to tranquil landscapes, Trang An also has high cultural values. Caves’ archaeological deposits represent human occupation and utilization lasting for more than 30,000 years. And there stands Hoa Lu Citadel, the capital of Vietnam under Dinh Dynasty. Many historical pieces of evidence still remain today. Moreover, Bai Dinh Pagoda, the biggest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia with many world records, is situated in this beautiful Northern Province.

To explore the beauty of Trang An, Ninh Binh, travelers can pay a visit to Trang An, Tam Coc – Bich Dong, Bai Dinh pagoda, Hoa Lu Citadel, etc. These attractions are located closely and will offer you an unforgettable experience.

3. Sa Pa, Lao Cai


Fansipan – the summit of Indochina (Source: Internet)

Sa Pa is exactly a destination for anyone wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Located in the Northwest of Vietnam, Sapa is a small town on Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range, of which majestic landscapes amaze visitors from the very first sight.

Terraced field in Sapa

Terraced rice fields in Sa Pa, Vietnam (Source: Internet)

Visiting Sa Pa, visitors will have chances to see the spectacular landscapes of a mountainous area with dense jungles, waterfalls, and steep hills. Especially, you will capture the marvelous terraced rice fields – a distinctive feature of mountainous Vietnam. There are also villages of ethnic minority people (H’Mong, Tay, and Dao) where travelers can experience the lives of local people who are wearing their colorful traditional clothes.

Sapa Market

Local market in Sa Pa, Vietnam (Source: Internet)

Visitors can also see the cluster of Western and Eastern style when exploring Sa Pa. There are many Western-style villas in this small town, which were built in the 20th century by French colonizers. The Old Cathedral in the center of the town is another evidence of Western influence on this area.

4. Ha Long Bay, Quang Ninh

Regarded as one of new 7 wonders of the world, Ha Long Bay is always among the best destinations in Vietnam.

Halong Bay from above

Ha Long Bay from above (Source: Internet)

With more than 1,600 limestone islands surrounded by turquoise sea water, Ha Long Bay has magnificent scenery which attracts a huge number of tourists all over the world. It is a perfect model of Karst Cave Landscape. Most of the islands and islets there remain intact and unaffected by human activities. With its biological values and beauty, Halong Bay has been recognized as UNESCO World Heritage for two times.

Halong Bay by night

Night cruise on Halong Bay (Source: Internet)

Visiting Ha Long, travelers can have opportunities to take on a boat to see the majestic beauty of the whole seascape and explore the mysterious caves. Also, Halong Bay provides visitors with many different tours, which offer best services and experiences. You can go on a voyage to see the beauty of the Bay at dawn, watch the sunset, and enjoy your night on the ocean.

Co To Island

Co To Island, Halong Bay (Source: Internet)

There are also other attractive places to visit in Halong Bay such as Cat Ba Island, Co To Island, and fishing villages. You will see how nature has prioritized that land.

Above are some best places to visit in northern Vietnam which will give you great experiences on your upcoming Vietnam trip.


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