Lesser-known destinations in North Vietnam group tour for trees huggers

While the South is renown for its pristine coastline with several stunning beaches, North Vietnam gains its reputation for the marvelous mountainous area with exquisite natural settings of mountains, valley, hills, and rivers. If you are a fan of the wild nature, never miss visiting the following destination during your North Vietnam group tour. Even though they are less-known via media, their appeal would definitely worth your time.

1. Mai Chau

Located about 160 km from Hanoi, Mai Chau is a small town in a deep valley embraced by towered cliffs and lush forests. This place is famous for its spectacular landscapes and valuable culture of Thai people.

View from Thung Khe Pass
View from Thung Khe Pass

To reach Mai Chau, travelers will need to come across Thung Khe Pass – a part of National Highway 6 with many sheer slopes and sharp bends. It is a dangerous road to pass, but the majestic view it offers just overweigh all. You will definitely drop your jaw when witnessing the grand nature along the way. The view to the deep valley with evergreen rice fields underneath is also enchantingly beautiful. The Pass has been an endless inspiration for nature lovers and photography enthusiasts.

Peaceful countryside
Peaceful countryside

Mai Chau is also home to the ethnic people, of which the majority are White Thai people. Thanks to the distinctive lifestyles of the locals, the villages in Mai Chau such as Ban Lac and Ban Pom Coong have become a favorite destination for North Vietnam group tour holiday. You can live in their stilt houses, follow them to the fields, sample their rustic foods, and enjoy the campfire at night.

2. Pu Luong Nature Reserve

Pu Luong in Thanh Hoa Province is a new promising stop for trekking tours in North Vietnam. This place is reputable for its marvelous mountain and exquisite rice fields.

Rice terraces in Pu Luong
Rice terraces in Pu Luong

Well retaining its primitive look, Pu Luong cannot be a better choice for nature fans when coming to the North. Because it is a Nature Reserve, everything seems to be intact from mass tourism activities. There is barely any big North Vietnam group tour company here. There are even a few furnished hotels for a luxury stay. Homestay is the most popular accommodation here, and most of the shared houses are the local houses at Kho Muon Village or Nua Village. 

Through the rice field
Through the rice field

Pu Luong captures visitors’ heart with its mountains, forests, and rice fields. You can trek to Pu Luong Peak to get a bird’s eye view over the soaring mountainous areas and the tranquil valley far beneath, cross the rugged roads and dense jungles to reach the three isolated villages (Son – Ba – Muoi) of Cao Son, wash your face with the cool water of Ban Hieu Waterfall, or be overwhelmed by the breath-taking rice terraces under the sunlight.

A visit to Pu Luong also enables travelers to get a deeper approach to the life of the local ethnic people, who mostly live in agricultural works. It is a great experience to ride the bike across the rice fields and the narrow roads through the villages to enjoy the fresh atmosphere of the countryside. The tranquility it offers will help you blow away all the stress of the daily life.

3. Ninh Binh

Van Long Nature Reserve
Van Long Nature Reserve

Driving for only 2 hours, you will reach Ninh Binh – the new appealing tourist attraction for North Vietnam group tour with awe-inspiring natural landscapes. Aside from the renowned Trang An, which is so-called “Halong Bay of the mainland”, Ninh Binh has much more to offer.

If you hesitate to go because you have known about the beautiful limestone mountains of Trang An and Tam Coc – Bich Dong already, don’t worry because there are many things that you haven’t explored in this land. How about an adventure to Cuc Phuong National Park to watch the colorful butterflies cascading along the road and to try embracing the huge old trees in the forest? Or a graceful rice along the lagoon of Van Long Nature Reserve to watch the flying birds and see how the settings of King Kong – the Hollywood’s blockbuster movie looks like? These are great places for you to get away from the smoke and noise of the bustling cities and get harmonized with the wild nature.

Butterflies in Cuc Phuong
Butterflies in Cuc Phuong

If you are eager to explore more about the beauty of North Vietnam but don’t feel comfortable with the crowded flocks of tourists at famous touristic sites, which always appear first in North Vietnam group tour guides, consider the destinations above. Let’s leave all the burdens and fatigue of life behind and head your way to these peaceful places to be closer to Mother Nature!