Highlights of North Vietnam
In North Vietnam you can find the capital Hanoi. Here comes the old and new Vietnam together. Hanoi is a capital characterized by the many lakes it has. The cultural heart is located around the central Hoan Kiem lake, where you will find most of the attractions, including the famous Hanoi puppet theater. Just a short distance away is the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, which was built despite the explicit desire of the Communist leader to be cremated. Hanoi has four million inhabitants, yet it is a pretty relaxed city, with beautiful avenues and colonial Architecture from the French period.
At 350 kilometers from Hanoi you will find Vietnam’s best known mountain village; Sapa. This beautifully situated village was founded in 1922 by the French as a hill station and has been very popular among the tourists in recent years. Sapa is famous for its beautiful views of green rice fields and beautiful valleys.
Halong Bay is different from what you may have seen in Asia (or the rest of the world). This beautiful piece of nature is a joy to the eye. With a cruise you go through the beautiful scenery of rocky islands and many villages built on the water. Besides these villages you can also visit various caves or just enjoy the area from a canoe.
On arrival in the town of Ninh Binh you will see no more than the provincial capital of the Ninh Binh region. A dusty, busy city. But once outside the city limits you are overwhelmed by beautiful surroundings.
Fairy-tale valleys, green rice fields, mountain peoples, tradition and vast nature, that’s what you’ll find in Mai Chau. And that is only 135 kilometers west of the hustle and bustle of Hanoi.
The mountainous province of Cao Bang is one of the most beautiful regions in Vietnam. Cao Bang itself is not so spectacular, but it is a convenient base for exploring the area. An environment surrounded by beautiful nature.