In the north of Vietnam, the most frequently visited destinations are Hanoi and Ha Long Bay. Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and is known for its centuries-old architecture, tree-lined boulevards and rich culture, much influenced by Chinese and French occupation through history. In Hanoi the Old Quarter is a mélange of busy streets where much trade still takes place, as it always has, combined with the modern influences of café culture, restaurants and designer boutiques. A lovely place to spend a few days.
Under three hours' drive from Hanoi or a seaplane flight away is Ha Long Bay, famous for the 1,600 or so dramatic limestone islands or pillars. Many choose to explore the waters of this area of outstanding beauty by traditional junk or kayak. Such is the appeal of the scenery and clear waters of this area, it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Bay has become really quite busy. Therefore it is important to book onto a boat that takes a route away from other vessels if possible or there is also a lovely option in Lan Ha Bay south of Ha Long Bay, equally as beautiful but far quieter.
Heading off the beaten track 160 km to the west is Mai Chau, in Hoa Binh Province, where villages nestle in a fertile green valley flanked by mountains. Home to several ethnic minority groups and hill tribes, opportunities for walking, cycling, adventure abound. In the far north is Sapa, a mountainous region, known for outdoor pursuits, incredible photographic opportunities and ethnic peoples. In the northeast, bordering with China is Ha Giang, a rugged, mountainous and dramatically beautiful region where the chance to view magnificent landscapes and spectacular rice terraces awaits. This is a breathtaking region and pretty hard to access thus making it one of the poorest areas of the country.
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There are two clear seasons in Northern Vietnam; winter and summer; winter (November to April) being mostly cooler and dry with January to March being the coldest months and summer (May to October) being hot and humid. Read More
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