The North of Vietnam acclaims its reputation for not only the awe-inspiring natural scenery but also long-lasting culture. Taking Vietnam group tours to the North has long been a favored choice of travelers from all over the world.
Northern Vietnam can satisfy all kinds of tourists. It has beautiful landscapes, a thousand-year-old culture, dynamic cities, and special cuisine. Let’s see the must-try activities to do in a 4-day tour to the north.
1. Conquer the majestic landscape of Ninh Binh
Ninh Binh is a haunted destination for nature lovers when they travel to northern Vietnam. This province possesses perfect natural settings of karst formations and diverse bio-ecological system.
Way to Tam Coc – Bich Dong
Ninh Binh is home to the worldwide famous Trang An Landscape Complex, which has been designated by UNESCO as a World Natural and Cultural Heritage. Trang An – the so-called “Halong Bay in the mainland” is a must-stop destination for Vietnam group tours. It is an exceptionally majestic landscape of limestone peaks surrounding the rich valleys, which can capture travelers’ hearts at their first visit. Going aboard the small boat to glide on green water and reach the mysterious karst caves is a fascinating activity to try.
Trang An is also proved to be the cradle of Vietnamese people. Archaeological traces have been found inside the caves, which demonstrate the presence of hunters in this area 30,000 years ago. Also, these show how they had adapted to the climate change at the very last ice age.
Bai Dinh Pagoda
The historical and cultural values also lie on the vestiges of Hoa Lu Citadel – which used to be the capital of the country under Dinh Dynasty. There are also lots of pagodas and temples of which history date back to dozens of centuries ago. Next to Trang An locates Bai Dinh Pagoda – the ASEAN biggest Buddhist pagoda, which holds lots of world and national records.
Additionally, Ninh Binh is a right destination for who love to explore the wildlife. Cuc Phuong is the biggest national park in Vietnam where there are lots of rare animals and trees. The marvelous landscape of the tropical forests will totally leave you in awe.
2. Visit the peaceful city of Hanoi
Hanoi – the thousand-year-old capital of Vietnam is absolutely a cannot-miss place for Vietnam group tours.
The city represents a cluster of eastern and western cultures. There stands the historical relics which have undergone the up-and-down of the country for thousands of years. The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, Hanoi Old Quarter, and the Temple of Literature are the highlights of the city. Visiting these places, you can get a closer look at the high-valued history and culture of Hanoi in particular and Vietnam in general.
The tranquil atmosphere of Hanoi
Additional its traditional values, Hanoi is also a fast developing city. Skyscrapers, big shopping malls, large entertainment centers are rising, thus proving the fast growth of the city. Consequently, there are lots of entertaining places for travelers to go, where they can enjoy the dynamic vibe of the bustling city life.
Hanoi is the best place to try Vietnam cuisine
What’s more, Hanoi is famous for its cuisine. The city is where you can try many different traditional dishes of Vietnam such as “pho” (Vietnamese noodle), “bun cha” (rice vermicelli with grilled pork), “banh cuon” (wrap and roll), “xoi xeo” (sticky rice), and “banh xeo” (Vietnamese crepe). You are also able to try the special foods of other regions in Hanoi like “banh bot loc” of Hue people or “che” and “banh trang tron” of southern people. The mouth-watering taste of Vietnam dishes will definitely fit your taste buds.
3. Listen to traditional music forms
Another reason that makes the North the best place for Vietnam tours is its traditional music. Northern Vietnam is home to many traditional art forms, namely “Quan Ho”, “Xoan Singing”, “Cheo Singing”, and Water Puppet Performance.
Quan Ho Singing
Vietnamese community is collective, which means they live together in peace and unity. Vietnamese person is united: they live, work, support, and entertain together. As a result, many different music forms have been founded, which are used as a tool to communicate, make friends, and entertain. Water puppet shows are performed on the lake of the villages each weekend night, while “Quan Ho”, “Xoan Singing”, “Cheo Singing” are the art forms that are sung at festivals, playing as a method to express people’s feelings and attitude towards others. It would be a big loss if visitors come to the North and leave without watching to these interesting performances.
Water puppet show
On the whole, Northern Vietnam has everything that travelers need. A group tour in northern Vietnam will undoubtedly offer you unforgettable moments.