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Northern Vietnam

Visit Northern Vietnam


Northern Vietnam is, in itself, a microcosm of the entire country itself. From the exciting capital Hanoi and magical Halong Bay to the rugged limestone hills around Sapa, Mai Chau and Ha Giang, this area is unmatched in terms of its verdant scenery and breathtaking beauty. Venturing up into the hills north-west of Hanoi feels like entering an entirely different world with lush green valleys of Pu Luong Nature Reserve, cut open by rice paddies and framed by the misty peaks of mountain ranges, home to many of Vietnam's surviving minority tribes.


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Top itineraries in Northern Vietnam

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Best of Vietnam & Cambodia

17-day tailor-made holiday from £3,425 pp incl. flights

From its great cities and iconic temples to off-the-beaten-track gems, this tour takes in the must-see highlights of two Asian heavyweights – Vietnam and Cambodia.

Halong Bay, Vietnam

Highlights of Vietnam

13-day tailor-made holiday from £3,230 pp incl. flights

Discover the best of Vietnam, taking in the country's vibrant northern capital Hanoi, the emerald waters of Halong Bay and the historically rich central coastal towns of Hue and Hoi An. Then, fly south Ho Chi Minh City and the magic of the Mekong Delta and the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels.

Fishing Boat, Mekong River, Vietnam

Vietnam & the Mekong

14-day tailor-made holiday from £2,650 pp incl. flights

The Mekong Delta is often referred to as 'Vietnam's rice bowl'. This rich agricultural land supports a thriving population of farmers, who make their living amidst the abundant waterways that form the mouth of the mighty Mekong River, one of the world's great waterways.

Orchid cruise, Halong Bay

Northern Vietnam Explorer

13-day tailor-made holiday from £2,550 pp incl. flights

With everything from private tours and luxury stays to indulgent dining and the services of a private driver included throughout, this is a full examination of northern Vietnam’s delighta. Think cyclo rides through Hanoi, a thatched-bungalow mountain retreat and a three-day cruise on Halong Bay.

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Top places to stay in Northern Vietnam

Room, Mövenpick Hotel Hanoi, Vietnam

Mövenpick Hotel Hanoi

Contemporary hotel

A great value hotel located in the business district, close to the attractive French Quarter of Hanoi.

Beachfront Villa, Chen Sea Resort & Spa

Chen Sea Resort & Spa, Phu Quoc

Small & intimate resort

Located in a quiet bay, the Chen Sea Resort & Spa is a small and intimate beachside resort that only has 36 villas meaning that it always has a relaxed and exclusive atmosphere

Facade, Boutique Hoi An Resort, Hoi An

Boutique Hoi An Resort, Hoi An

Contemporary resort

Boutique Hoi An Resort is a stylish oasis just footsteps from Cu Dai beach and offers fantastic value for money

Exterior, Anantara Hoi An

Anantara Hoi An

Traditional hotel

An exquisite blend of local and colonial charm, the Anantara Hoi An is made up of three-story colonial-style buildings that reflect Hoi An's history of trade with both East and West. It also has a world-class spa.

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Where to go in Northern Vietnam

Ha Giang

Known colloquially as the ‘final frontier', Ha Giang, in the far north, is the last stop before the border with Vietnam's giant northern neighbour China.

Mai Chau

The stilted village of Mai Chau in the mountainous Mai Chai District is just over 80 miles from Hanoi and more easily accessible than Ha Giang and Sapa; this makes it a perfect place to experience northern Vietnam's rich rural culture if you're only in Hanoi for a short time.


Sapa is perhaps the best-known destination in the hills of northern Vietnam.

Halong Bay

Halong Bay is perhaps Vietnam's most beautiful site, an area of soaring cliffs and sparkling seas laced with ancient myth and legend.

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When to go to Northern Vietnam

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Spring and summer in the north tend to be hot and humid with heavy downpours, while the winter can get quite cold, especially in the mountains. The autumn is arguably the best time to visit, with temperatures averaging around 25ºC and rainfall at its lowest. Along the central coast, the wet season starts in September, when typhoons bring torrential rain and hurricane-force winds. The spring is generally dry and pleasant, followed by a hot summer (June to August), when temperatures are often in the high 30s.

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