Top 5 places to visit in Northern Vietnam during Vietnam itinerary 7 days

Cat Cat village in Sapa

Being the oldest geographical region in Vietnam, the Northern part offers travelers with historical sites as well as beautiful landscapes affected by tropical climate. Your Vietnam itinerary 7 days to that area cannot be completed without going to 5 places below

Hanoi

 

The lake of historical legend

The lake of historical legend

Hanoi – the capital of Vietnam, should be an advisable site in the north part of Vietnam for your first two days of your journey during a week. As the second largest airport in Vietnam is located in Hanoi, you can easily book a direct flight from your country to this city. Visiting Hanoi in a few days off, travelers should put these places on the top list:

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum: the final resting place of Vietnamese Revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh is the place of pilgrimage for many. The mausoleum was inspired by Lenin’s Mausoleum in Moscow but it still remains distinguished Vietnamese architectural features like the sloping roof.

Hoan Kiem Lake or “Lake of the Returned Sword”: The lake is one of the major scenic spots in Hanoi and also a focal point for its public life. Visiting the lake, you will know more about the legend after which, the name of this lake was changed.

Hanoi temple of literature – the first national university of Vietnam, which is dedicated to Confucius, sages, and scholars. In spite of wars and disasters, the temple still remains ancient architectural styles of different dynasties as well as precious relics after nearly two centuries.

One Pillar Pagoda: The structure was built of wood on a single stone pillar by the Emperor Ly Thai Tong ruling from 1028 to 1054 to resemble a lotus blossom, symbol of purity, rising out of a sea of sorrow.

Halong Bay

 

Halong Bay- wonder of the world

Halong Bay- wonder of the world

Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex

As Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex is located in Ninh Binh province, you only need to spend about 3 hours to go there from Halong Bay. Therefore, the complex ought to be the following of 5 locations in your 7 days schedule in Vietnam tours

Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex, which was recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2014, is known to travelers with many famous spots. The first place you need to go in the complex should be the ancient citadel of Hoa Lu, the capital of Vietnam during the Dinh and early Le, where you can explore Vietnam royal construction in the 10th and 11th centuries. The next site is Tam Coc, which means “Three carves”. The best way for you to see the three caves on this site is using boats to row into each one. Another alternative place for those who are keen on biodiversity is Cuc Phuong National Park- home to a diversity of flora and fauna. Or, if you’d like to know more about Buddhist temples in Vietnam, then Bai Dinh Temple ought to be where you go.

Moc Chau Plateau

 

Greenery tea plantations

Greenery tea plantations

Moc Chau is about 200km far from Trang An, which means that the journey will take you approximately 4.5 hours by using a private car. There are also alternative means of transport for you to choose such as bus or motorbike.

If you are the one who loves the fresh air of nature and wants to escape from your stressful life, then Moc Chau Plateau is the best choice in Northern Vietnam for one day of your short time itinerary. The area of the grass-fields produces some of Vietnam’s best tea for exporting as well as for domestic use and is a good place to stock up. The surrounding area is home to different ethnic minorities like Thai, Dao, H’mong, which is suitable for those who want to explore  Vietnam as a multicultural nation.

This highland town offers visitors breathtaking views of endless grass fields, huge gardens of plum and apricot trees and various flowers, immense tea plantations and large herds of milk cows. The dairy provides Hanoi and adjacent provinces with fresh milk and other products made from milk. It’s worth indulging yourself at one of the dairy shops to enjoy local milk products!

Sapa

For reason of spending over 8 hours traveling from Moc Chau Plateau to Sapa, ending the last two days of your week off in this final of top 5 northern destinations to visit is a great idea you can think of.

Lying in the beautiful valley close to the Chineses border above the sea level by nearly 1,500 meters, the area has spectacular scenery frequently shrouded in mist and a subtropical highland climate. This mountainous area is also home to diverse hill-tribe communities such as Hmong, Dao, Tay. Follow are things you should try when you are at Sa Pa on you brief holiday.

 

Cat Cat village in Sapa

Cat Cat village in Sapa

Fansipan: Sapa is surrounded by the Hoang Lien Mountains, which include the highest mountain peak in Vietnam, as well as in Southeast Asian- Fansipan. So, if you are fond of climbing then it is a good opportunity for you to challenge yourself to conquer the mountain peak at 3143m above the sea level.

Local villages of ethnic minority groups: Each ethnic group has its own characteristics, which contributes to a colorful Sapa. Exploring these villages will give you a taste of cultural diversity in Vietnam. And it is possible that you will be impressed not only by handicrafts and souvenirs made by local residents but also children’s English speaking ability there.

Sapa market: From early Sunday morning, the Sapa market is swarming with hundreds of ethnic people in colorful attire. The Sunday market, lasting until late afternoon, is not only for transactions but also for socializing and refreshing after working days.

Seven days are not long enough for you to explore the Northern Vietnam tours, but a  reasonable 7-day itinerary in 5 destinations is long enough to give you nice experiences about this area. Good luck with your trip!

 

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