Where to go in Northern Vietnam
List of regions
The stilted village of Mai Chau in the mountainous Mai Chai District is just a couple of hours from from Hanoi and more easily accessible than Ha Giang and Sapa – the 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. Discovered by the Western world in the early part of the 20th century, its quiet charm and cooler climate has attracted visitors ever since – just like the hill stations of northern India.
Halong Bay is a geological marvel and natural wonder; an enormous stretch of jade-hued sea broken by the eruption of limestone towers that rise above its still waters. Its vastness is such that you will always find a new cave or hidden grotto to explore among its emerald inlets.