Many have passed through and saw the jaw dropping landscapes of Vietnam. But as far as the locals concerned, the northern region has still the most amazing sceneries to see in this wonderful country. From high mountains to flat, green fields, northern Vietnam will definitely not let you down in terms of surprise and picturesque views. Below is a listed guide on where and which places to go to when travelling to Northern Vietnam.
The Socialist Capital: Ha Noi
Being the capital of Socialist Vietnam, Hanoi has a lot of stories and history to tell to all of its visitors. Just by walking around the Old French Quarter, you will have a feeling already of how the people lived in the old times in this charming city. Hanoi should definitely be on your top list when visiting the Northern Region.
The Ancient Capital: Ninh Binh
As opposed to Hanoi, Ninh Binh was the ancient capital of Vietnam. This is where most of the country’s origins and stories have started. Like what most tourists and locals say, being here is like being in Ha Long Bay on land. There are thousands of limestone formations around but not as much touristy. It’s a good place to visit for a day or two just to have a few quiet days from the hustle and bustle of Hanoi.
The French Colonialism: Dien Bien Phu
Dien Bien Phu City is where the French-Vietnamese War happened in the 1940’s. Bordering Vietnam and Laos on the northwest, you’ll be amazed on how huge the area is and how rich the history has been for the people living here. Visiting Dien Bien Phu is a good introduction to what Sa Pa is going to be like.
The Traditional Highlands: Sa Pa
Several minority groups, multilingual communities, and colorful dresses; these are the things that best describe Sa Pa. As a visitor, you’ll be extremely amazed on how talented and smart the locals are living in this part of the region. Also rich in history and resources, Sa Pa groups are closely related to the Lao, Thai, and Chinese tribes as they are located way up north and their ancestors have moved from different places in the Indochina area for generations.
The Descending Dragon: Ha Long Bay
Your last stop before going back to Hanoi should be relaxing and peaceful. Thus, going on a Ha Long Bay cruise or a Ha Long Bay tour is the perfect ending to your Northern Vietnam adventures. A trip to Ha Long Bay is considered one of the most popular must do when visiting not just the north, but the whole country itself. Especially now that it has been voted as one of the 7 New Wonders of Nature, millions of people fly to Vietnam just to witness the rock formations of this exceptional World Heritage Site.