Northern Vietnam has become such a hit in Southeast Asia with tourists by hundreds and thousands of natural wonders, fantastic natural beauty, and cultural complexities, and dynamic megacities and hill-tribe villages. Naturally blessed with diversified landscapes ranging from highlands, forests, national parks, temples to beaches, bays and islands, the North of Vietnam is undoubtedly a great destination that enables travelers to enjoy different kinds of tourism. The irresistible appeal of the top tourist attractions in Vietnam such as Halong Bay, Moc Chau, Hagiang or Sapa has attracted millions of travelers each year. Check it out what to explore in Northern Vietnam this December.
1. Sapa with Fansipan, the Indochina summit
Sa Pa Town is located in Lao Cai Province, north-west Vietnam, and 350 km north-west of Hanoi, close to the border with China. Sapa Town is famous both for its fine, rugged scenery and for its rich cultural diversity.
Sapa Town is famous both for its fine, rugged scenery and for its rich cultural diversity. French used to consider Sapa as the Summer Capital of Northern Vietnam in the early decades of the 20th century. Its naturally gifted beauty keeps attracting more and more people to spend their vacation there since then. Particularly, the place is the foremost choice for honeymoon couples.
Geographically, Sapa Town is exactly a mountainous area of Northwest Vietnam. The whole Sapa District is dominated by the Hoang Lien Son mountain range which is at the Eastern extremity of the Himalayas, being famous with Vietnam’s highest mountain of Fansipan at a height of 3,142 m above sea level. The town of Sa Pa lies at an altitude of about 1,600 m, bringing in a cool and foggy site of Sa Pa Town. The Fansipan summit is regarded as the roof of Vietnam and Indochina. It is extremely suitable for those wishing to be adventurous, to explore and experience the spectacular natural landscapes. This place has natural conservation areas having temperate forests with bright yellow flowers and sub-tropical forests of over 2000 plants and more than 300 species of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and insects. Amazingly, on the high point at 2963m, we can see the milestone marking the conquering of the French in 1905. Climbing up a little bit more, tourists can see huge stone blocks, located by a small stone.
If you wish for an adventurous trip, do not miss Sapa, which is such a hit with tourists for stunningly beautiful places, lush green valleys as well as diversified hill tribes including the Black H'Mong, the Red Dao and the Giay. Known as “Dalat of Northern Vietnam”, Sapa is a favorite tourist attraction for both domestic visitors and foreigners. Traveling to Sapa, tourists will be amazed by the marvelous mountains looming, the steep hills, the brilliantly-colorful rice terraces, and the irresistible heaven-touching mountain peaks.
Also home to many tribal groups such as H’ Mong, Tay, and Dao, Sapa is a perfect place for an authentic rural experience of the tribal people in Vietnam. You will get closer to their daily life by visiting their local villages like Ta Van and Cat Cat, following them to the terraces, or going to the local market and even visiting their houses, trying to make their local dishes and enjoying the specialties such as dried-buffalo meat, wine, or Thang Co.
2. Riding on Mapileng, Top 4 Most Dangerous Passes in Northern Vietnam
Going about 20 km from Dong Van to Meo Vac, we will pass through the Happiness Road (Ma Pi Leng Pass) connecting Dong Van Plateau and Meo Vac. This is known as the most beautiful arc of the rocky plateau. If you go to Ha Giang once, let’s try to drive the car on the side of the rocky sky, and the other of the deep chasm as well as watch Nho Que river as a strip, visitors will enjoy different wonderful emotions.
It's such a big challenge for the adventurous. Standing high on the far view, a thousand layers of gray mountains, fantasy white of the clouds and deep penetration of the yawning chasm will on our eyes. Especially the rocky outcropping over the Ma Pi Leng Pass will bring the immense grandeur of the mountains and forests of the north. You will find yourself so small and feel the innermost beauty of the country.
3. Mai Chau
About 135 km from Hanoi, Mai Chau in Hoa Binh province in the Northwest region of Vietnam, is a favorite place for tourists wishing to hike and relax after the hustle and bustle of modern life.
From above, we can see Mai Chau is surrounded by stilt houses of ethnic tribes called White Thai and Black Thai. In addition, this site always has good services available for hiking enthusiasts.
From May to June, tourists can admire the rice fields (rice paddies) and the beautiful villages of the people belonging to the Muong and Thai ethnic minorities among forests and rice paddies.
4. Halong Bay
Twice recognized as World Heritage Site of the outstanding, universal aesthetic value, amazing geological and geomorphological value by UNESCO, and especially one of New 7 Natural Wonders in 2012, Halong bay is one of the most attractive destinations in Northern Vietnam. Economic development and globalization enable more and more visitors coming to Halong bay, which significantly promotes Vietnamese people and our natural beauty to foreigners. Therefore, a huge number of Halong bay tours are available, and that is why we are here to give you some great tips to enjoy your trip in our attraction in the most convenient way.
Amazingly, there is no better way to witness Halong bay wonderful limestone karsts and caves from the Seaplane with much more spectacular and appealing as there are many karsts as well as islands rising in the bay than sitting on cruises. And all famous islands and landscapes of Halong bay such as Dau Go Cave (Hang Đầu Gỗ), Tuan Chau Island (Đảo Tuần Châu), and almost amazing Halong bay beaches will be on the eye.
Going by many charming names like “a little Paris” of Vietnam, the city of Love or the city of Eternal Spring, Dalat is always listed as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Vietnam.
Located on Lang Biang Plateau, Lam Dong Province and at about 12 km from Dalat center, Lang Biang stands stunningly like the roof of Dalat with a lush green valley with two pieces of silver silk (the Golden and Silver Stream). It is also a great place to enjoy the sunset with your lovers and hear the legend about K’Lang and Ho Biang’ love story.
Tourists can take part in many different activities such as camping, exploring the natural flora and fauna as well as enjoying the unique and diversified culture of tribal groups. Lang Biang is extremely suitable for those wishing an adventurous trip like mountain climbing, conquering high peaks, paragliding and trekking.
Crazy House - the world’s ten most creative buildings (Chinese People’s Daily)
With the intention to create a fairy tale house, the “crazy house” looks like a tree with uneven windows, tunnel-shaped stairways, ladders, ten themed guest rooms such as the eagle room or tiger room and many strange shapes. Both the exterior and the interior of this house are decorated with twisting organic forms.
Walking along the cave-shape road inside the mysterious house seems to be an amazing experience, a departure from the norm; wild mushrooms and spider webs popping up on your way are not unusual. And I am sure that you will feel even horrible, but do not worry it is just a museum of dream, childhood and abnormality.
Valley of Love in Dalat
Of course, coming to the City of Love and Eternal Spring, you should not miss the Valley of Love, which also surpasses many challenges in the past to possess its rightful name today as a true love had to surpass obstacles to remain strong.
For years, the valley has been one of the most picturesque and romantic places with hundreds of deep valleys and endless pine forests. It is known as one of the most favorable attractions for tourists as they can easily follow the natural tracks and staircases all around the valley to visit and admire the gorgeous flower gates and statues. The tracks to Vong Canh Hill giving the Valley of Love’s magnificent view gradually appear in each traveler’s eyes.
Dalat Railway Station
Dalat also impresses tourists by the imprint of French architectures from the war, and one of the most outstanding monuments is Dalat Railway Station. Its distinctive feature is the cog railways.
Xuan Huong Lake
At the heart of Dalat, Xuan Huong lake, one of the biggest man-made in Vietnam, is the most beautiful lake of this dreamy city. The crescent-moon-shaped lake covers an area of over 43 ha, stretching through other attractions such as the Dalat Flower Park and Cu Hill.
6. Ho Chi Minh city
Ho Chi Minh City gives tourists the impression of the hustle and bustle of a new Asian cosmopolitan city, people here seem to be always in a hurry.
Right on the center of Ho Chi Minh City, the most suggested place is Ben Thanh Market, the symbol of Saigon, where visitors can witness the crammed stalls and market chaos, especially enjoy the street food heaven.
The cosmopolitan Ho Chi Minh City is the most dynamic city of Vietnam with a huge concentration and development of economic, cultural and political centers as well as entertainment spots. Top must-see destinations are People’s Committee Building, Dong Tam Snake Farm, Vam sat ecological Tourist Center, Dam Sen Water Park, Suoi Tien, Lac Canh Dai Nam, etc.
Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon, the Post Office, War Remnants Museum and many entertainment centers such as Dam Long or Suoi Tien will satisfy all tourists from kids to adults with exciting and meaningful moments.
7. Danang with Golden Bridge (the most livable city in Vietnam)
As a phenomenon since 2018 for its unique architecture of gray hands, Golden Bridge is one of top must-visit attractions in Danang. Standing on the bridge, you can admire the entire endless landscapes and stunning nature of Ba Na hills with a modern European style city.
The opening hour: 8.00 am to 6.30 pm.
8. The floating markets in Mekong Delta
If you have a chance to travel to Southern Vietnam, do not forget the floating market – the highlight of South Vietnam. Besides fruits orchards, yellow rice paddies, Southern folk songs and special regional cuisine, the vibrant floating market is what comes on tourists’ minds when talking about Mekong Delta. It attracts visitors by dense rivers, canals system, house stilts and lifestyle of the locals. A floating market is a gathering place where the locals can buy their own products and fresh fruits or vegetables hanging on the poles while visitors can travel around to enjoy their life and buy something. Even you can find some floating bars, floating restaurants and the same kinds of shops as on the land.
- Cai Rang Floating Market, Can Tho Province
- Cai Be Floating Market, Tien Giang Province
- Tra On Floating Market (at the end of Hau river)
- Nga Bay Floating Market (Phung Hiep Floating Market)
9. Phu Quoc island
As on top 3 famous tourist attractions by National Geographic and top 10 cruise heavens in Asia by Asia One, Phu Quoc is undoubtedly your must-see destination this summer. Phu Quoc’s untouched beauty attracts those loving pristine beaches and the intact beauty of the wilderness and nature.
Regarded as a precious gem and Maldives of Vietnam, it is such a big mistake to forget Phu Quoc - heaven with the fresh air, spacious peaceful atmosphere as well as cool breeze far from the hustle of daily life. The beauty of the wilderness, crystal-clear blue sea water, white smooth sand twinkling under the sunshine and green heaven of coconut trees will give visitors peaceful, poetic and romantic moments.
Phu Quoc’s untouched beauty has become such a hit with those loving pristine beaches as it retains the almost intact beauty of the wilderness and is less impacted by the human than other beaches. As the most beautiful germ of Vietnam, Phu Quoc attracts every tourist by crystal sand beaches, dense tropical jungles with flora and fauna, clear blue water playing with the golden sand twinkling under the sun. Three most must-visit beaches on this island are sophisticated Long Beach listed in the “World Hidden Beaches”, charming Ong Lan Beach for your honeymoon, and alluring Bai Sao.
Hoian is not just famous for its ancient beauty and beautiful landscapes recognized many times worldwide, but also for its authentic cuisine as one of the 25 most attractive destinations for foodies around the world. In 2019, Hoian is on the list of top 9 must-visit destinations around the world.
As one of the oldest cities in Vietnam, the most beautiful gem of this country attracts thousands and millions of tourists every year for its unique architecture of ancient streets perfectly. It is also the best place for foreigners to get a deeper understanding of Vietnamese lives, traditions, and customs.
You will have time to your wander through the narrow winding streets of the Ancient Quarter to the Chinese Assembly Halls, the 200-year-old Tam Ky ancestral house, Chua Ong Pagoda, or the Japanese Bridge.
Don't miss Mot water - the most favorite drink and Phuong bread - the typical fast food in Hoian. The heaven of street food with Cao Lau, Mi Quang, Hoian Chicken Rice - Com Ga Hoi An, or White Rose in Hoian, etc is worth trying, too.
A lot of things await to explore, right? Just come and enjoy Vietnam in your own way. If you still have any queries, feel free to contact VieGo for more support.