Do you want to admire natural and spiritual wonders of Northern Vietnam? Let’s customize a northern Vietnam tailor-made tour on your own and explore most attractive destinations in this wonderful land. You will have the chance to see the local daily life, unique culture of Vietnamese as well as beautiful landscapes.

Here are top must-see destinations in northern Vietnam that northernvietnamtravel suggests for your 4-day tour:

1. Hanoi

Hanoi is a famous destination in Vietnam really worth a discovery. With stunning landscapes, the perfect harmony of ancient and modern works, special historical sites, and unique food culture, Hanoi will definitely make any tourists falling in love.

Walking around Hanoi Old Quarter is the first thing you should do in your Hanoi trip. It offers French colonial architecture, ancient temple as well as small streets with many street vendors selling food and souvenirs. Then, let’s pay a visit to Hoan Kiem Lake and the complex of The Huc Bridge, Ngoc Son Temple, and Pen Tower. Besides, in the evening from Friday to Sunday, you can go to the night market selling various products on great sale.  You can also visit the Thang Long Water Puppet Theater to watch the traditional puppet performance, which is known as a unique feature in Vietnamese culture.

Hanoi Old Quarter

Hanoi Old Quarter

Then do not miss the chance to visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum – the final resting place of the beloved national hero of Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh Museum. Finally, let’s explore The Temple of Literature, which is known as the first college of Vietnam and has hosted many prominent Vietnamese scholars. Your Hanoi trip will not complete without tasting unique Hanoi street food. You can try appetizing dishes such as Pho, Banh Mi, Bun Cha, Banh Cuon, etc. These dishes are sold in many side streets of Hanoi.

Hanoi’s street foods

Hanoi’s street foods

2. Halong Bay

It is sure that Halong Bay is an amazing destination that should not be missed in your northern Vietnam tailor-made tour. The inspirational landscapes and stunning karsts make it one of the most popular destinations for both domestic and international tourists. Recognized as one of UNESCO’s world heritage site, Halong Bay offers more than 1600 islets featuring stunning beaches, beautiful mountains as well as breathtaking caves such as Dau Go cave, Thien Cung cave, Sung Sot cave, Trinh Nu cave, etc.

Picturesque beauty of Halong Bay

Picturesque beauty of Halong Bay

Traveling to Halong Bay, tourists can board a cruise, enjoy the cool and fresh atmosphere and visit attractions surrounding this area. On board, you can enjoy fresh seafood dishes, drink cool cocktails, admire the beautiful sunset as well as take part in a cooking class. Especially, Halong Bay is a perfect site for going kayaking. It is a great opportunity to explore Halong’s charm by yourself. Especially, Halong Bay has many beautiful beaches with blue clear water, making it an ideal place for swimming as well as other water sports like scuba diving, snorkeling, etc. Ba Trai Dao, Soi Sim, Ngoc Vung, Ti Top, etc are some charming and beautiful beaches you can choose to chill out.

Thien Cung Cave

Thien Cung Cave

Moreover, you can pay a visit to some fishing villages like Ba Hang, Cua Van, and Cong Dam.
In here, you are able to get a better understanding of the local culture as well as the daily life of local people here.

3. Ninh Binh

Just about 2 hours travel from Hanoi by road, Ninh Binh has recently become a favorite destination among tourist thanks to its breathtaking natural landscapes, exotic historical and religious sites. Consider as “Ha Long Bay on land”, Ninh Binh features green rice fields and a lot of beautiful limestone mountains. There are many attractive sites that you can take a visit in Ninh Binh such as Tam Coc – Bich Dong, Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, Bai Dinh Pagoda, Phat Diem Cathedral, etc. 

Let’s take a boat trip to Tam Coc – Bich Dong

Let’s take a boat trip to Tam Coc – Bich Dong

First, let’s take a boat along Tam Coc – Bich Dong to visit some attractive caves along the river such as Hang Hai, Hang Ca, and Hang Ba caves. Then pay a visit to Bich Dong Pagoda, which includes three pagodas namely Ha Pagoda, Trung Pagoda, and Thuong Pagoda. For tourists prefer religious site, Bai Dinh Pagoda and Phat Diem Cathedral is a good choice. Additionally, Van Long Nature Reserve is also worth for a visit. It is famous for its stunning scenery, diverse ecosystem, and high biodiversity.

Phat Diem Cathedral

Phat Diem Cathedral