If the 3Hs: Hue, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City often come up to travelers’ mind when they plan a holiday to Central and South Vietnam, Hanoi, Halong Bay, and Ha Giang are proud to be the 3Hs of North Vietnam. Check their highlights from this article at northernvietnam.
Hanoi Old Quarter (Source: Internet)
With everything from art to food, long-term history, rich culture to spas, Hanoi – the capital of Vietnam, the home of a population of more than 8 million people, has many advantages to make itself the most popular address on every North Vietnam tour.
Visiting Hanoi, seeing by your own eyes an exhilarating blend of Eastern and Western culture; the influence of French colonialism on architecture; particularly in the French Quarter in Hoan Kiem District; so many ancient temples and pagodas, the 11th century Temple of Literature – the country’s very first university; Hoa Lo Prison – the infamous Hanoi Hilton; the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, where you can experience the full repressive force of the communist apparatus; the mind-boggling Ho Chi Minh Museum, which is a majestic white building that is set to resemble the lotus flower; the Museum of the Revolution, where you can gain a deeper understanding of Hanoi’s past; Hanoi night market – where to go when you are in actual need of a specific item, or simply have that strange passion for haggling, you will not think of Hanoi as a major economic engine and transport hub of northern Vietnam, but a capital city full of interesting things to do and stunning places to visit during your North Vietnam tour.
Hanoi Catholic church (Source: Internet)
On a visit to Hanoi, do not miss to sample as many culinary highlights as possible. More than the left of French influence, Hanoi’s local food is all about the creativity of Hanoians. Pho, bun cha, banh mi, banh cuon, bun thang, bun rieu, cha ca La Vong, fried spring rolls, fresh spring rolls, sticky rice, and egg coffee are must-try dishes.
Halong Bay (Source: Internet)
The Bay of the Descending Dragon, Halong Bay, which is home to emerald green water and 3,000 islands of towering limestone; mysterious caves (Surprise Cave, Trinh Nu Cave, Tam Cung Cave, Bo Nau Grotto, etc), fabulous fishing villages (Vung Vieng, Cua Van, etc); hundreds of tour boats plying their trade here, is, without question, one of the unmissable natural highlights of North Vietnam as well as the most visited destinations in the whole country.
What to do on a North Vietnam tour in Halong Bay? Go swimming or kayaking to look for hidden caves or find some of the more remote, uninhabited islands while cruising through Halong Bay, have a romantic dinner inside a cave. Halong is a hive of activities. The real reputation of Halong Bay deserves its title as a UNESCO Natural Heritage.
Ha Giang (Source: Internet)
The northernmost province of Vietnam, Ha Giang, which is the most remote provinces the poorest and most secluded in the country is famous for its wild and spectacular beauty created by rugged rocky mountains ranges, green forests and terraced fields. Another thing that makes Ha Giang one of the tourist attractions in North Vietnam is its magnificent plateau landscapes with different kinds of flowers blooming changing their color from months to months.
Home to more than 20 ethnic tribes with almost 90% of the population are ethnic minorities with their own cultures and lifestyles; this land is an incredible destination to explore ethnic diversity. No matter how many times you have ever been to Ha Giang, whenever coming here, you will be impressed and attracted by everything from the splendid nature: the blending of natural colors, impressive rocky mountains and many houses with faded roof over time to the innocence of young Hmong, Thai, Lo Lo, La Chi children and the bright eyes of the elderly.
Moreover, Ha Giang, which offers some of a gorgeous mountainous view in Southeast Asia, with the imposing Ma Pi Leng Pass, the King of Passes in Vietnam being the most spectacular vantage point, is also a paradise for those who want to take part in outdoor activities like camping or hiking.
After conquering these scenic but challenging the hearts of adventurers drives conquering, many tortuous roads, close to the dangerous making people breathless, you should not miss a thrilling Sunday session of Dong Van Market, one of the best North Vietnam sightseeings. With residents traveling to attend, this amazing weekly outdoor event is the best way to get connected and learn more about the daily lives of the ethnic minorities in the far north.
Charming and attractive with uncountable things to do and mouthwatering dishes to eat, North Vietnam is well worth your time.