Travelling to northern Vietnam is no longer a stranger to visitors who wish to explore the country. Let this article from northernvietnamtravel help you find out more when and where to travel to this amazing part of the country.

Best time to travel to Northern Vietnam

The northern region is humid throughout the year. However, the weather is generally warm and sunny from September until November. The weather gets dry and colder, especially in December and January. Summer is the rainy season with downpours in the river delta and sometimes landslide in the upper part. The best time to visit this region is in autumn (from September to December), and spring (March and April) since the weather is more temperate.

Best places in Northern Vietnam

Northeast

Cao Bang

Cao Bang is located near Bang Giang River and shares the same border with China on the northeast of Vietnam. This province is home to different ethnic groups such as Tay, Nung, and Dao. It also boasts spectacular landscape with good trekking trails. Cao Bang is considered a good retreat in your trip since it has many to offer, ranging from beautiful mountainous areas, distinct local tribes to many historic sites.

Pac Bo Village, where Ho Chi Minh worked and initiated his revolutionary force, is a place you should include in your tour. Ban Goc Waterfall, located 80 kilometers from Cao Bang, is another destination that is worth your attention. Ban Gioc is the 4th biggest waterfall in the world with a fantastic view, especially under the sunlight.

Lang Son

Lang Son has received almost none foreign tourists so far because of its less exciting tourist places. However, if you plan to travel to northern Vietnam, this place is potentially good trekking place for its enthrall Mau Son Mountain. There are lots of good spots where you can take in the whole view of the mountain range.

Lang Son

Lang Son has the most breathtaking view (Source: Internet)

Ha Giang

Beside the famous Buckwheat and harvesting season, Ha Giang has much more for visitors to explore. Dong Van is a small town belongs to Ha Giang province and close to the Chinese border. Dong Van features excellent walking trails and the Old Quarter where many shabby clay houses are constructed. Meo Vac, another border town, offers one of the most fantastic Sunday markets in the region.

Northwest

Sapa

Sapa must be one of the most famous tourist attractions in Vietnam. It’s very easy to get around on foot since this place has the best trekking areas – Fansipan, the highest peak in Vietnam

Sapa is recognized for its beautiful mountainous scenery, cultural diversity and best trekking areas in Vietnam. In this small town, many different hill tribes share their lives and traditions peacefully. If you visit Sapa during the harvesting season, you will be amazed by the beauty of Muong Hoa Valley and the terraced rice fields. 

Hoa Binh

Mai Chau, Moc Chau, and Thung Nai are three most visited destinations in Hoa Binh due to its serenely rural setting. Hoa Binh may not cover breathtaking mountain view or great walking trails; however, if you want to find a stop-off on the way, then you should give Hoa Binh a chance.

Thung Nai, Hoa Binh

Thung Nai is a great escape from the hustle of big cities (Source: Internet)

Thung Nai is nicknamed Ha Long Bay on land as it is a charming combination of lakes, mountains, and islands. Mai Chau and Moc Chau are two mountain villages where Thai people are residents. Visiting these two towns during springtime, especially in February and March, visitors will get lost in the peach and plum forests.

Red River Delta

Ha Noi

Ha Noi, the capital of Vietnam, is typically the first start of any travelers heading north. This city is an imposing blend of oriental culture and French-influenced architecture, a great combination of the hustle and bustle of a big city and the quiet and calm outside the city center. There are so many places to entertain and visit in Hanoi, such as Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, Temple of Literature, the Old Quarter, or Vietnam Museum of Ethnology.

Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh from above

Ninh Binh from above (Source: Internet)

Located 100 kilometers from Hanoi, Ninh Binh carries its hidden charm along inspiring scenery and authentically rural sense. The best way to discover this city is by bike. Hop on the bike, and you are free to explore the beauty of Ninh Binh. Some recommendations are Tam Coc, Trang An, and Bai Dinh Pagoda.

How to travel

From Hanoi, it’s easy to get anywhere in the Northern part of Vietnam. If you plan your tours to Ninh Binh, you can catch any high-quality bus to the town from My Dinh or Luong Yen Bus Terminal. It costs about 250.000 VND for a seat and the trip takes around 3.5 hours.

For those who want to travel to northern Vietnam, both buses and trains are available. Depending on where you plan to go, you can take long-distance night buses or trains if you want to enjoy the scene on the way.