Though as a small country in Southeast Asia, Vietnam has long been an attractive destination for different kinds of tourism due to its diverse nature, from vast deltas, national parks, highlands to long coastline of marvelous beaches or islands.
You can spend time with your family or friends, travel to get a deeper understanding of a new culture, or simply travel to relax and get closer to nature. If you wish to be deep into nature, biking will be a good choice, which is also top things to do in Northern Vietnam. Many Vietnam tours including biking experience are available, and here are top 3 attractions that you should miss.
As a country which mountainous area makes up over ¾ of the whole area, Vietnam is undoubtedly a great destination that enables travelers to discover the majestic beauty of mountains and experience exciting adventurous activities. Just a small town in the mountainous northwest of Vietnam, Sapa has always been listed as the best tour in North Vietnam, which has attracted millions of travelers each year.
Coming to Sapa, tourists will be impressed by the magnificent mountains loom in front of them. The high green hills, the colorful terraced rice fields, and the marvelous mountain peaks are the irresistible appeal to travelers. In recent years, under the influence of the climate change, the winter gets dramatically cold and the temperature drops sharply. Therefore, if you come to Sapa in late December or early January, there is a likelihood of seeing snow. Especially, Fansipan peak – the summit of Indochina is crowned with a headdress of ice. How amazing!
Despite unfavorable terrain, biking in Sapa is still such a hit with tourists. What is more interesting than biking, visiting trial villages, sightseeing, admiring the sunrise and sunset or enjoying the cool air?
Biking in Sapa
Sapa is also home to many ethnic groups such as H’ Mong, Tay, and Dao; therefore, it is a perfect place to get closer to the daily life of the locals by visiting the villages such as Ta Phin, Ta Van or Cat Cat, following them to the rice terraces, going to the local market and having meals with them.
So besides photo taking, sightseeing, exploring the ethnic minorities’ culture, hiking, biking is a worth-trying experience as well.
Approximately 200km from Hanoi, at the height of 1,000m above sea level, Moc Chau plateau (Moc Chau district, Son La province) is naturally endowed with stunning beauty. Each season, Moc Chau attracts tourist with a delicate and beautiful appearance.
Moc Chau is gorgeous all year round, but the most beautiful time is the nesting season of birds and the blooming flower season with the pure white of broccoli, the green of tea fields, the wild and yellow color of wild sunflowers or the picturesque of plum blossoms and pink blossoms in Spring.
You can ride your bike around the town to pay a visit to many different places such as the pine forest in Ban Ang where you can cycle around the lake, take a deeper discovery into the pine forest with some strange animals, harvest strawberries or enjoy the sunset and slowly sip at your coffee. Other destinations are Happyland, Heart-shaped tea hill, Doi cave, Dai Yem waterfall and tea farms.
Ba Vi National Park
A better choice should be Ba Vi National Park where you can ride from Hanoi. As the vast forest embracing three highest peaks in Ba Vi range: King summit, Tan Vien summit and Ngoc Hoa peak, Ba Vi National Park not only preserves many myths from the foundation of the country but is a beautiful land with thousands of flora and fauna as well.
The romantic scenery will make every visitor love it at first sight. On one side, there are many tall trees covered with soothing moss, and the other side impresses everyone with a clear blue sky with white wisps of white clouds lurking around the mountain peaks. On the top of the mountain, the vibrant violet color of lust brushes looks like purple clouds being prominent in the mist. From the gateway, there are two directions, if visitors want to enjoy exotic flowers and birds, let’s choose the bamboo forest. If you want to reach the top of the mountain, let’s go deeper and follow a steep slope. This road goes up high, bringing visitors into a virtual space of clouds, wind, and birds singing in the forest.
Ba Vi is also regarded as “Dalat of Northern Vietnam”. Just 50 kilometers far from Hanoi, in the summer morning, biking in Ba Vi is such a great experience as its cool and fresh air creating a sense of well-being for everyone who comes here. That is the reason why Ba Vi seems to be the most popular choice for those wishing to relax after the hustle and bustle of modern life in Hanoi.
Ba Vi National Park
There are also a lot of ideal ecotourism resorts in Ba Vi for your consideration like Ao Vua Xanh, Khoang Xanh – Suoi Tien, Vietnam National Villages for Ethnic Culture and Tourism, Thien Son – Suoi Nga, Family Resort, Zen Resort and Camping, Tan Da Spa Resort, Son Tinh Camp or Detrang Farm.
Do not waste your weekend just on video games or sleeping, let’s backpack and ride to new lands and explore new amazing things.