Northern Vietnam

Vietnam’s many diverse inland hill tribes, who have largely managed to avoid the sprint towards modernity, are mainly based in northern Vietnam.

With the opening of more hotels in the northern heartland, it has now become possible to get off the beaten track without slumming it. From Hanoi, set off on a loop of the inland north; an area of outstanding natural beauty with the cultural artery of the Red River running through its centre. The scenery is as much a part of the experience as any of the specific destinations. Ky Son, where traditional rural architecture is beautifully displayed in a clutch of 200-year-old houses, is considered the homeland of the nation’s culture and has been continuously inhabited for over 2,000 years. Sapa is an essential stop for anyone keen to witness the striking beauty of Vietnam’s northern regions. Its blend of colourful tribal culture and mountain scenery make it a treasured destination never to forget. Local hilltribes scatter the surrounding scenery and fill the town with colour when they come to sell their wares. Next stop is Mai Chau, where hiking and biking for the adventurous is on offer to explore the lush surrounding area. Drive on to Ninh Binh, which is often described as Halong Bay on land owing to the towering limestone karst mountains and then on to visit the first royal Vietnamese capital at Hoa Lu along with the UNESCO listed Trang An Grottoes.

Country Vietnam
Official LanguageVietnamese
Currencyđồng (₫) (VND)
Area (km2)331,230.8 km2
Adventure North

Adventure North

Northern Vietnam, Sapa, Hanoi, Vietnam
Offering a fascinating tour of the north, this five day package introduces you to Hanoi along with the picturesque Sapa. Rise early in Hanoi as your l ...
Best of the North

Best of the North

Northern Vietnam, Halong Bay, Hanoi, Vietnam
This is a great combination tour – discover the main sights of Hanoi and explore further afield on a two-night Halong Bay cruise. Destination ...
Cultural North

Cultural North

Northern Vietnam, Halong Bay, Hanoi, Vietnam
Explore Hanoi followed by Hoa Binh province to experience the cultural north before enjoying the incredible panoramas on a Halong Bay cruise. Desti ...
Halong Bay Cycle & Cruise

Halong Bay Cycle & Cruise

Northern Vietnam, Halong Bay, Vietnam
Island-studded Halong Bay, situated in Vietnam’s Gulf of Tonkin, is one of the world’s natural wonders. Explore this landscape of limestone karsts by ...
Mai Chau & Ninh Binh Exploration

Mai Chau & Ninh Binh Exploration

Northern Vietnam, Hanoi, Vietnam
As you escape Hanoi, stunning scenery and colourful ethnic communities await on this three day adventure. Travel to the remote mountain town of Mai Ch ...
Ninh Binh Countryside Cycle

Ninh Binh Countryside Cycle

Northern Vietnam, Hanoi, Vietnam
On this overnight cycling tour, discover Ninh Binh offering great natural allure and popular with Vietnamese who flock to nearby cultural sights. Arri ...
Northern Exposure

Northern Exposure

Northern Vietnam, Sapa, Halong Bay, Hanoi, Vietnam
This 8 day private tour offers a great taster of Northern Vietnam including Hanoi, Halong Bay and Sapa. Walk through the fascinating streets in Hanoi’ ...

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