Discovering Mountains, Valley, Terraces Fields, Lake And National Park in Northern Vietnam Itinerary

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An interesting journey of Northern Vietnam to explore the great beauty of Vietnam's natural heritages from mountains, terraces fields, lake and national park. The section of this article is a suggestion for an interesting journey to the most special things of traveling in northern Vietnam. 

What is that journey? Let's start finding out!

Northern Vietnam Itinerary
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There are many reasons for Northern Vietnam to be your destination of lifetime. With a wide range of diversity in landscape as well as in culture authenticity, Northern Vietnam has everything to offer in any time of year.

In these mountains you will see fascinating insights on the rice terraces, fields and the beautiful mountain and mountain ridges. Surely you will want to visit majestic mountain in Sapa, Vietnam - (Hoang Lien Son national park). Another very interesting and less crowded spot at the north is Dong Van Kast Global Geopark in Ha Giang province. Ha Giang is a home to many ethnic minorities of Vietnam and one of the remostest and most beautiful places in northern Vietnam. Another very nice and interesting place is also Cao Bang province.

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Hanoi - the capital in Vietnam

Hanoi is the mixture of everything. Neon lights are intertwined with the deep colors of the past. Hanoi is the unique tastes, maze-like streets, honking motorbikes, all of that with an underlying quieter tone of a thousand-year tradition.

The most touristic part of Vietnam’s capital is Hanoi Old Quarter with 36 trading streets that are also the soul of this city.

As you walk through these streets, the incredible sights will unfold so vividly before of you: women in colorful fabrics and shaded hats will smile at you as you walk by stalls of food the vendors dressed in their colorful daily fabrics and conical hats smiling at you as you walk by their stalls; coffee drinkers sitting on small plastic stools with their café sua and tea to cool chatting vehemently; motorbikes navigating the roads, sometimes up to four people piled behind the driver, maybe even a dog with his paws over the handlebars. It feels just so unreal to be surrounded by that kind of wonderful chaos.

One thing not to miss when visiting Hanoi is trying the delicious street food here. Just wander around the streets with Hanoi city tour, you’ll always find something incredible to eat.

Hanoi is a great base for you to travel other parts of Norther Vietnam, a destination you just can’t miss.

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Cao Bang - area with historical singnificance

Cao Bang might be the least popular destination of this list but might very well be the most beautiful one. Located about 350km away from Hanoi, people come to Cao Bang not for just the best waterfall in Vietnam – Ban Gioc waterfall but also for a Vietnam you might not see in everywhere else.

The countryside of Cao Bang still reserves the image of the old Vietnam with rice fields, river flowing and bamboo trees. If you come to Cao Bang, besides Ban Gioc, why not explore the cave of Nguom Ngao, come to admire the magical sunset at Phong Nam, or a hop on a boat to see the beautiful lake Thang Hen. The incredible blue lake and stream at Pak Bo would also steal your heart with its beauty.

It’s not a bad idea at all to combine Ba Be Lake – the largest freshwater lake in Vietnam.

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Ha Giang - the place with the most beautiful terraced fields in the North

Ha Giang is the land of the furthermost point to the north of Vietnam, sharing 270km long border with China. The beauty of Ha Giang is no doubt pristine, wild almost yet at the same time poetic and dramatic.

Home to one of the world’s geo parks – Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark, Ha Giang has a steep roads, rock gardens and marvelous backdrop along all the way of Happiness Road.

Coming to Ha Giang from Hanoi, you’ll have to endure an 8-hour long car ride before arriving in the paradise. Come to Ha Giang, not only you can enjoy the beautiful landscape but also the authentic local culture and delicious food. Admire the magnificent natural picture of Hoang Su Phi in the season of ripe rice with "golden silk strips" winding around the ridge. And there’s also Khau Vai, the most special Love Market, held only once in a year.

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Sapa - fasinating scenery , tourists and Hmong

Located on Hoang Lien Son mountain range of Lao Cai province which is about 350km away from Hanoi, Sapa is known as the misty highland town, blessed with gentle beauty, a hint of French romance and authentic local culture.

Sapa is the headquarter of ethnic people in Northwest Vietnam, with the predominance of H’mong culture. Trekking in Sapa even in close proximity, you can’t be helped feeling overwhelmed by the magnificent terraced rice fields, especially in harvest season, Muong Hoa valley’s flower gardens, silver-like cascades.

This excursion takes you to all the best destinations of Vietnam, all of them have a world heritage to boast. Each of these destination promises a wide range of activities you can enjoy and believe me, you won’t get bored with this tour. Tour details of this journey so you can take a closer look at here.

A number of short day trips go through the most basic and famous destinations in northern Vietnam for your reference:

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