Top-rated vacation destinations North Vietnam
TRANG AN LANDSCAPE COMPLEX
The Trang An Landscape Complex was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on June 23, 2014, and the Tam Coc-Bich Dong tourism site has one of the most scenic rice fields in Vietnam, with a romantic waterway and karst mountains. The site hosts various tourism forms, including eco-tourism, spiritual tourism as well as culture and community-based tourism. June is an impressive month at the site, with carpets of yellow rice fields stretched along the banks of Ngo Dong river, zigzagging its way through karst mountains and caves. Besides aesthetics and geological value, Tam Coc-Bich Dong has a lot of cultural values too and it guards the history of the Hoa Lu ancient imperial capital, which was chosen by various kings during the Dinh, early Le and beginning of Ly reign between 968-1009 as well as by primitive humans thousands of years ago.
HA LONG BAY
Halong Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and popular travel destination in Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam. Halong Bay, in the Gulf of Tonkin, includes around 1,600 islands and islets, forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars. The region is popular for boat tours, kayak expeditions, scuba diving, rock climbing, and hiking. Cat Ba Island is the largest island in Halong Bay where a lot of hotels, restaurants, and bars.
SAPA & LAO CAI
Sa Pa is a frontier township and capital of Sa Pa District in Lao Cai Province in north-west Vietnam. It is one of the main market towns in the area, where several ethnic minority groups such as Hmong, Dao, Giay, Pho Lu, and Tay live.
BAN GIOC OR DETIAN FALLS
Ban Gioc or Detian Falls that straddle the international border between China and Vietnam; more specifically located between the Karst hills of Daxin County, Guangxi, and Trung Khanh District, Cao Bang Province. The waterfall is 272 km north of Hanoi. The waterfall drops 30 m. It is separated into three falls by rocks and trees, and the thundering effect of the water hitting the cliffs can be heard from afar.
BA BE LAKE
Ba Be lake is located in Bac Can province and it is one of the largest natural lakes in Vietnam. It is formed by three lakes connected into a single continuous body of water, stretching nearly 8 km north to south.
MA PI LENG PASS
The Ma Pi Leng Pass is a mountain pass in the north of Vietnam. It is approximately 20 kilometers long and connects the towns of Dong Van and Meo Vacin the altitude of 1,500 m. The road was first built by Yao, H’mong, Tay and Lolo minority people.