Best Places To Visit In North Vietnam For 3 - 4 Days

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So, you’ve decided that you want to explore Vietnam and you’ve chosen to base yourself in the beautiful northern region. You’ve booked your flight to Hanoi and you are already dreaming of steaming bowls of Phở and creamy Cà Phê Sữa Đá. But, what are you going to do once you get here? Where should you visit in Northern Vietnam and what should you choose to see and do? 

We’ve gathered years of travel planning experience to bring you a wonderful 3-4 day journey in Northern Vietnam.

Many of travellers visit Vietnam from neighbouring Asian destinations and only have a few days to explore the country. So, with just 3 or 4 days, where do we advise they go in Northern Vietnam?

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#1: Sapa

Begin the journey with Sapa – Vietnam northernmost location, close to the border with China. This region is home to many indigenous hill tribes and is well known for its hiking.

To really take it all in, prepare for an early start and get ready to explore the beautiful scenery on foot. The seemingly endless terraces of rice fields look like something from a sci-fi movie (particular when they’re shrouded in fog) and you may have to pinch yourself to remember you’re still on planet Earth! :)

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#2: Halong Bay

The last days takes you to Halong Bay. Being one of the most well-known destinations in northern Vietnam, it has to be crossed off the checklist. The landscape is famous for its huge limestone karsts that take you can admire from beach or boat.

The site was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994, when you take a visit, you’ll see why. And though a hotspot for tourists, there are ways of escaping the crowds. Vietnam Typical Tours's, for example, take you to a secluded harbor and natural grottos aplenty, before letting you swim and spend the night on board a boat. The best part is that these boats moor in quiet areas of the bay overnight, so get on the sun deck and take in the sunset in all its unobstructed glory.

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#3: Ninh Binh

Venturing further south, head to the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Ninh Binh where endless rice paddies of Tam Coc, limestone towers, of Trang An and the Mua Cave await you.

2 of the many itineraries to explore northern Vietnam in 4-day are most popular with travelers:

Option 1: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Ninh Binh

Day 1-2: Natural wonder Halong Bay Cruise

Day 3: Hidden gem Ninh Binh

Option 2: Hanoi - Sapa - Halong Bay

Day 1-2: Sapa 

Day 3: Natural wonder Halong Bay Cruise

Day 4: Halong Bay - Hanoi

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Sit back and enjoy to finish off your unforgettable 3-4 days. There’s truly nowhere like this Southeast Asian stunner.

We hope these 2 simple itineraries help you to better understand how much you can see in your time in Nortrhern Vietnam and how to put together a realistic trip that is still packed with adventures.

As always, get in touch for help planning an itinerary that suits you, your time and budget and let us know if there is anything else you’d like to experience while in Vietnam.


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