Naturally blessed with a variety of landscapes from highlands, national parks, hills, mountains, forests to beaches and islands, Northern Vietnam can satisfy all tourists – whatever they wish to explore, they can start immediately if they join some Vietnam all-inclusive packages for their trip. But to help you not be confused by many choices, I would like to recommend some most popular attractions as following.
1. Tam Dao
The first recommendation for your Vietnam all-inclusive packages is Tam Dao. Just about 60 km from Hanoi, Tam Dao town in Vinh Phuc province is one of the most favorite places for those wishing to rest after a week of hard work. The first feeling when you step foot down on this dreamy land is the fresh air and there seems to be a giant natural air conditioning quietly spraying the cold air for the whole area.
Tam Dao in the mist
Traveling to Tam Dao, enjoy the cold early autumn, take a sip coffee cup or relax on the romantic ramp to see the mountain clouds. Feeling the tranquility of the evening or the peace of the morning is no better. After a week of hard work, leaving behind tired tension, avoiding the smoke and dust of the city, what is better than going to peaceful Tam Dao for relaxation with nature where to find yourself the silence in the soul.
Regarded as “the Second Sapa of Northern Vietnam” or “Dalat of Northern Vietnam’’, Tam Dao enables tourist to enjoy its four seasons during the day. In the morning, you will feel cool with fog and enjoy the wind of spring warmth playing on your hair. At noon, it is hot summer, but it turns romantic autumn just in several hours later. And it will be cold with the fog of winter that you will need a hug. That is also the reason why Tam Dao is a must-stop for couples.
Discovered by the French colony from the end of 19th century, many unique French architectures remain and become attractive destinations in Tam Dao such as church, television tower or Grand Ba Queu Pagoda. For those who love the peace and wish a corner with a beautiful view and sipping coffee, there is a coffee shop called “Quan Gio” that you can see the entire town of Tam Dao and the green mountains with the high sky and blowing wind. Also watching the sunset at Quan Gio is definitely a romantic experience.
View from Quan Gio, Tam Dao
However, if you are an adventure-lover, Tam Dao also satisfy your passion – it is three-peak conquering of 15km in total during the day. They are Thach Ban, Thien Thi and Phu Nghia peak at the pass before reaching the town. Climbing and taking a deeper discovery into jungles will be amazing activities as well.
Despite a small town in the mountainous northwest of Vietnam, Sapa has always been listed as one of the must-see destinations in Vietnam for relaxation, adventure and culture exploration of Vietnamese ethnic minorities. Coming to Sapa, tourists will be amazed by the marvelous mountains looming in front of their eyes. The green steep hills, the colorful terraced rice fields, and the stunning mountain peaks are the irresistible appeal to every traveler.
The best time to arrive in this highland is from September to December when it is sunny, cool and dry. However, naturally blessed with a favorable condition, Sapa is cool all year-round even during the summer, which is opposite to the rest of Northern Vietnam; thus, many visitors flock to Sapa to avoid the hot weather. In recent years, due to the climate change, the winter gets terribly cold and the temperature drops sharply. If you visit Sapa in late December or early January, you may see the snow, which never appears in the tropics.
Also home to many ethnic minority groups such as H’ Mong, Tay, or Dao, Sapa is an ideal place to explore the unique culture of the tribal people in Vietnam. Visitors can get a deeper understanding about the daily life of the locals by visiting their houses in Ta Van and Cat Cat, following them to the fields, or going to the local market, enjoying their traditional cuisine and even trying to make these dishes.
Moreover, as being influenced by the French colony, Sapa remains a cluster of Eastern and Western culture with some typical western-style architectures like the Stone Church and many French-style villas as well.
3. Ha Giang
With its pristine scenery, Ha Giang is not only one of the best tourist attractions in Vietnam, but also an ideal place for all backpackers by its perfect mountainous landscapes, dense forests, magnificent waterfalls and distinctive cultures of tribal people.
Having remained untouched by mass tourism, with the majestic highland, Ha Giang is the best choice for mountain discovery in Vietnam. In spring and autumn, this region looks charming and colorful with rice terraces, while in the winter, the mountains are covered by snow, thus, beside Sapa, Ha Giang is also a great place to taking photos with snow in the tropics like Vietnam. Ma Pi Leng Pass and Happiness Road in Ha Giang are such a hit with adventurous backpackers.
Unique and high-valued culture attracts tourists coming to this mysterious land. Spending time visiting some villages, you can explore and get closer to the life of different tribal groups such as Tay, Dao, Pu Peo, Nung, or Lo Lo. Dong Van Karst Global Geopark as UNESCO-listed Park with its geological and cultural values is also worth visiting.
4. Moc Chau Plateau
About 190 km from Hanoi, with cool weather all year round, Moc Chau is the ideal destination for travelers on the weekend. As another “Dalat of Northern Vietnam”, traveling to Moc Chau in the summer or winter, tourists always enjoy the dreamy and poetic natural beauty of this plateau. Moc Chau is famous for its white flowers, blooms of peach blossoms and plum blossoms as well as vast green tea hills. Choosing the right time to visit Moc Chau is very important because choosing the right time you will be able to discover all the beauty and nature of Moc Chau.
In January and February, it is on the peach blossom’ and plum blossom’s season in the villages of Long Luong, Thong Cuong, Pa Phach and Na Ka plum valley. What is more amazing than taking photos in the fields of peach blossoms and plum blossoms booming during Tet’s holiday? From October to December, the season of wild sunflowers and white broccoli. The white-haired hills stretch as far as the rug and make all the villages and hills in Moc Chau covered by a pure white of the flowers. From April to August, it is plum harvesting with cool and dry climate - Moc Chau will be a great escape from the bustle and hustle of the busy life.
Each season, Moc Chau welcomes us with a special flower and fruit. Many different attractions are waiting for us to explore including green tea hills, Dai Yem waterfall, pine forests in Ban Ang, Doi cave, Five Caves in Ban On, Happy Land and Pha Luong summit as a popular spot for backpackers.
Also, the unique culture of H’mong people on their brocade and cuisine is also an appeal to visitors. If you can, let’s come to their villages, discover and get closer to their lifestyle.