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Northern Vietnam tours for explorers


Northern Vietnam with the rich historical value of Hoa Lu Ancient Citadel, the stunning landscapes of the hills surrounding Sapa, and the forest-covered mountains in Cat Ba Nature Reserve is definitely an attractive destination for those who love to learn about the culture, the history and explore adventurous paths.

Let’s take a look at the list of best place to go when traveling to Vietnam as well as some Northern Vietnam tours!

1. Sapa

Well-known for pristine beauty and unique culture, Sapa attracts thousands of visitors every year coming to admire the imposing natural panorama and experience hiking and trekking tours. Sapa is not only a mysterious land with forest-covered mountains but also a habitat of many ethnic groups. Tourists visiting Sapa is highly recommended to stay at a local homestay to observe the daily life of the ethnic minorities in here.

Sapa Rice Terraces

Sapa rice terraces from the view above (Source: Internet)

When visiting Sapa, don’t forget to bring your camera to capture the stunning moments of rice terraces in the sunrise and sunset.

2. Tam Dao (Vinh Phuc)

The next must-see destination in Northern Vietnam is Tam Dao, Vinh Phuc Province. Located 80km from Hanoi, Tam Dao is an ideal tourist spot in the north to visit in the weekend. When setting their foot on Tam Dao, travelers will be able to enjoy fresh air, quiet atmosphere that you cannot find in big cities.

Tam Dao

Tam Dao in the sunrise (Source: Internet)

In addition to trekking and hiking, you can experience some interesting outdoor activities such as cycling and camping. Don’t forget to try some chayote that is one of the most famous specialties in here.   

3. Cat Ba Beach (Hai Phong)

Cat Ba island is famous for not only gorgeous beaches but the exotic natural beauty as well. Cat Ba Nature Reserve covers an area of 15,200ha with the biodiversity. Coming to the National Park, you will be able to experience an amazing hiking tour in the tropical forest. If you are lucky enough, you may catch a sign of a white-headed langur, an endangered primate living on Cat Ba Island.

Cat Ba Nature Reserve

Cat Ba Nature Reserve (Source: Internet)

Coming to Cat Ba, if you get bored of sunbathing and swimming on the beach, you can take a boat trip to Lan Ha Bay, Trung Trang Cave, Hoa Cuong Cave, and Thien Long Cave.

4. Ninh Binh

Famous for its impressive natural views, rich history value, and amazing biodiversity, Ninh Binh has become an attractive destination in Northern Vietnam tours for many visitors. Nature lovers coming to Ninh Binh will be able to observe the wildlife by visiting Thung Nham Bird Park and getting on a boat trip to Tam Coc Caves. For those who are interested in Vietnamese history and traditional architecture, Hoa Lu Ancient Citadel and Phat Diem Cathedral will be your ideal tourist spots. If you are an adventurer or simply a person who love outdoor activities, you should not miss the trekking tour in Cuc Phuong Nature Reserve – the first National Park in Vietnam.

Phat Diem Cathedral

Phat Diem Cathedral in Ninh Binh (Source: Internet)

5. Moc Chau

Located in Son La Province, Moc Chau is the most stunning plateau in the Northern Vietnam. Tourists coming to the plateau can experience the cool climate, pleasant weather and fresh air all over the years. There are some tourist attractions in Moc Chau that you should add to your where-to-go list including Doi Cave, Moc Chau pine forest, Thai Hung Waterfall, and Dai Yem Waterfall.

The green tea field in Moc Chau

The green tea field in Moc Chau (Source: Internet)

Beyond the plateau’s visual appeal, the cultural diversity is the highlight of Moc Chau Plateau. Moc Chau is the habitat of 12 ethnic groups including Kinh, Dzao, Tay, Thai, H’mong and much more. When getting access to this place, you will have a great chance to learn more about the culture and customs of Vietnamese ethnic minorities.

vietnamtravelreviews recommend some organized packages from helloVietnam for your Northern Vietnam tours.

1. Best of the North 6-day tour

2. Villages of the Red River Delta 7-day tour

3. North Vietnam in-depth 20-day tour

4. Northern flavor 5-day tour

5. Biking North Vietnam 4-day tour

Here are some highlights Northern Vietnam and some organized packages to bring you amazing experiences in this land. So, what are you waiting for, pack your bags and hit the road right now!


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