Do you have plan travel to Northern Vietnam in 7 days? Travel Sense Asia offers the detailed trip in almost famous places for you to solve the question – what are the best North Vietnam Tours? The destinations in the trip will adapt to the intoxicating history and culture, stunning natural beauty and the enjoyable beach holiday to an interesting fisherman experience.
Frist Day North Vietnam tours: Visiting Hanoi capital
Over 1,000 years, Hanoi is a unique city with tree-lined boulevards, old colonial architecture, pretty lakes and ancient temples. This capital is also one of the “most-wanted” destinations which keeps inside many of the historic and cultural vestiges for every foreign tourist.
Ho Chi Minh complex
North Vietnam tours will start with well-known sights of the Ho Chi Minh places complex including the Mausoleum, his former stilt-house residence, and one-pillar pagoda. These places are known for honoring the national hero: President Ho Chi Minh, where located in Ba Dinh Square, where our President read the Declaration of Independence on 2/9/1945, giving birth to Vietnam.
Temple of Literature is seen as an old-traditional appearance, which is one of most destinations for tourists. Especially, this temple is the first university in Vietnam. Coming here, you will learn more about the historical and cultural events at the peaceful temple.
Hanoi Old Quater
You should take a cyclo tour of Hanoi Old Quarter will complete your trip to Hanoi. You can grace the views of Hoan Kiem lake when sitting on a cyclo. Hoan Kiem Lake (or is called Turtle Lake) located on the central place of city attracting locals and tourists throughout the day. Den Ngoc Son is dedicated to the spirits of the soil and literature. Hanoi Old Quarter is constructed old-styled streets full of antique brick houses seem to nostalgically resist the historical of time while it is still actively trying to adapt to the dynamic atmosphere of the modern city.
The second day and third day North Vietnam Tours: Exploring Ninh Binh
Ninh Binh is a good destination for exploring quintessentially Vietnamese limestone scenery. This place includes the nation’s biggest pagoda and the Unesco World Heritage–listed Trang An grottoes.
Ancient Capital Hoa Lu
The ancient capital of Hoa Lu is the first capital of the old country in the tenth century. The Emperor has built beautiful palaces, making the capital more attractive. There are only two temples located in Truong Yen commune, Hoa Lu District. They are called the temples-Dinh Le, which are so close, 300 meters from each other. These include many places such as the Ma Yen mountain, the mountain Cot Co, Thap Ba Ngo, Nhat Tru pagoda, the caves Am Tiem, etc.
Bai Dinh Pagoda
Owning an area of 700 hectares, Bai Dinh is the biggest pagoda in Vietnam country. This pagoda has been granted with 12 national records by Vietnam Record Books. In addition, there are many other works which are also very mighty, meticulous and impressive such as Tam Quan that is made of wood, 13m wide and 16.5m high; Bell-tower was built in an octagonal architecture similar to a lotus flower, containing a bronze bell and a bronze drum. Additionally, Bai Dinh is one of some places in Vietnam where hosts 6 sarira pearls of Buddha.
Van Long floating village
Van Long floating village is the beautiful wetland of Van Long Natural Reserve. Coming here, you will enjoy spectacular scenery surrounded by rice paddies and towering limestone mountain peaks. Actually, Van Long reserve is a land full of various organisms, which is an ideal home for both of plants and animals. It comprises 39 species of animals including 12 species are rare and precious as primates, lorises, chamois, bears, etc., and especially the famous monkey pants leg. And Van Long has 32 beautiful caves such as Ca, Bong, Rua, Chanh and so on, which have its original beauty. Van Long is considered as a site of historical heritage, which is a place to study ideal for researchers, students and Vietnamese.
The next two day North Vietnam tours: Traveling up to Sapa
Sapa is an incredible place for trekking lovers and a diverse array of minority groups for someone who want to find out more knowledge about their culture. Not only that Sapa is a good combination of the scenery of the imposing mountains and rice terraces.
Muong Hoa Valley
You go visit Muong Hoa valley where is one of the most famous destinations for many tourists. In the heart of this valley is Muong Hoa stream, where is the romantic place for local couples. The local also construct the wood bridges crossing the stream to strengthen ties with the neighbors. In the valley, there are many famous stones with many strange words and symbols which nobody can explain. When you visit Muong Hoa in the spring, you will have a chance to experience many local festivals with multi colors. On rice season, the rice farmland valley is mixed different shades of green and yellow.
Y Linh Ho village
Upon reaching a waterfall and a hydroelectric station, you will take a short rest before continuing your trek on a dirt trail through rice paddy terraced fields. The village is still covered by rain forest under the protection of Hoang Lien National Park. Y Linh Ho village in North Vietnam tours is a home of Black Hmong people. Coming here, you will approach to the local life and have a rest before climbing toward the main road.
Ta Phin village
You continue trek downhill towards Ta Phin village located in Sapa District, about 12 kilometers northeast of Sapa Town. The village is surrounded by mountains with the rice terraces. Two largest ethnic groups are Red Dao and Black Hmong people who live in there. You have great opportunities to discover the traditional life and daily activities of local people there. And you can buy souvenirs which have a numerous bright colors and patterns such as a bag, purse, skirt, and even backpack and coat.
Ta Van village
Ta Van village is a place where many Vietnam ethnic minority groups live during a long time in harmony. Coming to this village you know how they make their traditional clothes, handicraft, indigo… Otherwise, you will visit the biggest valley which offers to the awesome landscape of the golden rice terrace field in Vietnam. Dzay people live in Ta Van village. It is a small group of ethnic people living in Northern Vietnam, they still keep a rich and traditional culture. There are many delicious foods such as Bamboo cooked rice (Com Lam) cooked by sticky rice, five-colored “Xoi Nam Mau”, chicken of Mong ethnic people, fruits… However, street foods are not cheap.
The last day North Vietnam tours: Discovering Halong Bay
Several strange caves
You arrive at Tien Ong Cave, Sung Sot Cave, Dau Go cave participate in a guided tour in the cave. Dau go cave has three main chambers in the grotto which attracts many tourists by its solemnity and grandiloquence. The entrance to the grotto seen from afar which appears to be blue and has a shape similar to a jellyfish Hundreds of stalactites falling down from the roof of the grotto look like a waterfall.
Thien Canh Son cave
Thien Canh Son Cave called Dong Co by local is a wild cave located on Bai Tu Long Bay. This cave is set below the forest canopy and a stone cliff. Clearly, inside the cave, it is an ethereal wonderland with naturally carved images resembling a lotus, and a baby elephant. To catch up this cave, you would walk up about 100 stone steps, placed under the foliages and craggy cliffs which bring in a new feeling like climbing on the heaven gate’s side. The ceiling of the cave is covered with a shiny ‘gem carpet’ and a large number of sparkling stalactites like ’hanging lamps’. Stone of seals and flowers build a paradise in the world. Thien Canh Son Cave offers a natural beauty. This is the reason why you should not miss this place to discover the geological value of the bay with family and friends in sparkling candlelight. It attracts a lot of tourists both domestic and foreign by a rare natural beauty, pristine limestone stalactites and beautiful surrounding landscapes.
Vung Vieng village
Vung Vieng is one of the largest fishing villages in Halong Bay. After climbing up the mother boat, you will be departed by rowing boats or kayaks to enter Vung Vieng village. This village offers a great opportunity for visitors to experience the villager’s daily life as well as observe the traditional culture and customs of the fishermen. Moreover, you have a short visit to Pearl Farm to learn how natural pearls are created and return to Paloma Cruise for your leisure or join one of the following optional activities: Sunbathing, traditional massage, swimming and so on. You will take 30 minutes to freshen up and finish packing then upon return to the boat.
Ban Chan island
Ban Chan beach brings a unique masterpiece, bewitching any public mind had. Its landscape is the harmony between the clouds and water. Ban Chan is surrounded by rocks and trees of green forest covering along the sea, nature points with a poetic beauty and charm to heart with the fresh air, blue water and white sand stretching for kilometers beneath blue pines. It ensures this place is very attractive as you can enjoy yourself on the beach, swim and play some volleyball or try your hand at some kayaking in the magnificent setting of Halong Bay.
In conclusion, after catching up three destinations in North Vietnam tours, you will have a look at both of characteristics of mountain and beach. We believe that this trip completely bring for you the awesome memory and experience.