Here is a travel guide for those we want to discover Northern Vietnam. There are many beautiful destinations in the North. If you are unsure about where to visit, below are the best 5 Cities You Must Visit in Northern Vietnam.
Hanoi is known as the capital of Vietnam, with its reputation famous for plenty of historical places and gorgeous landscape. This city also hides remnants of the past down every boulevard and alleyway. It is perhaps the largest and best-preserved piece of history Vietnam has to offer. You can spend your whole day exploring the street of the city and visiting as various treasures of the past as possible. These include Hoan Kiem Lake and its tortoise tower, Tran Quoc Pagoda, Vietnamese Women’s museum, the opera house, the Temple of Literature and Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum. Another special thing you can see is water puppetry at night at the Thang Long Water Puppet Theater. There are many instagrammable places in Hanoi you should visit. Besides that, Hanoi’s cuisine is worthy for tourists to enjoy, with the combination of taste and decoration satisfying foodie all of the ages.
Sapa is a small mountainous town in the Northwest of Vietnam, located about 350km from Hanoi. You can find the Hoang Lien Son range of mountain, which contains the country’s highest peak — Fan Si Pan. Tourists who want to discover something adventurous and have mountain climbing experience will enjoy this attraction the most, as conquering a natural gift. Technical climbing skills are not too required, but endurance is a must. The area is a home for a number of ethnic minorities, including the Hmong, Pho Lu, Dao, and Tay, and the hillsides are dotted in the vibrant combination of their colorful clothing. There is a popular activity when it comes to Sapa is hiking and enjoying nature. Find out about Sapa Travel Guide here.
Ha Giang is renowned for by far one of the most breathtaking motorbike loops in Vietnam. This city is bordered by gorgeous limestone juts framing the horizon in all directions. With road passes hanging onto cliff-faces high above rivers, threads through forests of limestone peak, it’s an ideal place for a motorbike road trip. Coming to Ha Giang, you can explore the culture of ethnic minorities and enjoy the fresh vibes. The locals are pretty friendly and hospitable to help you with any problem you have. Besides, tourists must try local cuisine here to understand deeply about the culture as well as people.
Halong City in Quang Ninh Province is a beautiful and quiet place located just in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Halong Bay. Coming from Hanoi, along the main road which goes from west to east, tourists will catch Tuan Chau Island’s entrance at first sight. There are many interesting things to do and see here such as water performance, dolphin performance, Tuan Chau beach and also Tuan Chau Marina where the most luxury Halong cruises are homing. Going further toward the city center, you will next arrive at Bai Chay area. There are the Bai Chay bridge and the night market that you can buy a lot of beautiful souvenirs. Crossing the bridge, it is Hon Gai area where you will experience the real local life. This place has it all from the central market Halong to local food shops which serve seafood, noodle and other delicacies that you need to visit or taste once traveling to Halong.
Ninh Binh is a fascinating place where you feel easy not only to catch picturesque scenery but access to the most rural and authentic side Vietnam. It’s good to visit Ninh Binh at almost any time of the year. Ninh Binh in May to October can be a little bit hot and humid. In September, the region will be sometimes hit by typhoons. It tends to be cooler and dry in the period from November to April. However, in the rainy season, the rice fields are at their best vivid green, so that is a real reason to visit around the year.
Above are 5 cities in Nothern Vietnam that you shouldn’t miss. While Hanoi, Ha Long and Ninh Binh are popular with tourists, Ha Giang and Sapa are 2 cities in moutainous area and suitable for adventurous travellers. Find out more about travel blogs in I love Asia Tour.