North Vietnam

Dien Bien Phu highlights and travel guide

Tucked away in the northeast corner of Vietnam, not far from the Laos border, sits the small rural area which once played host to one of the most pivotal battles in Vietnam's turbulent past.

Bac Ha highlights and travel guide

Bac Ha's majestic countryside is equally as enchanting as its neighbour Sapa, but the peaceful town has somewhat escaped the over-development and has managed to retain its authenticity as a market town.

Hanoi highlights and travel guide

Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and the country's second largest city. Its population in (from left) top: Long Biên Bridge, river near Perfume Pagoda; middle: Turtle Tower, bottom: Temple of Literature, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Hanoi Opera House2009 was estimated at 2.6 million for urban districts, 6.5 million for the metropolitan jurisdiction

Sapa highlights and travel guide

Sapa highlights and travel guide, Every year, thousands of people flock to Sapa to experience the remarkable scenery and discover the amazing cultural diversity of its many villages.

Ha Giang highlights and travel guide

Ha Giang is on Vietnam’s most northerly regions with a unique geographical makeup and diverse range of cultures. The mountainous area with towering limestone peaks, share a 270 km border with neighbouring China and plays host to the border crossing at Thanh Thuy.

Ba Be National Park highlights and travel guide

Ba Be National Park sits peacefully in the northeast province of Bac Kan, a haven of extraordinary scenery, fascinating biodiversity and rich culture.

Mai Chau highlights and travel guide

The idyllic, rural valley of Mai Chau is just 150km from Hanoi but feels like a completely different world. Fields and rice paddies sprawl out across the vista, and the mountains fade sleepily into the horizon.

Halong bay highlights and travel guide

Halong Bay is one the iconic natural beauties of Vietnam and unsurprisingly one of the most popular destinations in the whole of the country. The crystal blue waters scattered with limestone peaks make for a vision that epitomises the wonder of Vietnam.

Cao Bang highlights and travel guide

Cao Bang is an immensely beautiful, sparsely populated frontier region of North Vietnam. This mountainous expanse sits on the northeast border with China and is home to many ethnic minority communities

Cat Ba highlights and travel guide

Cat Ba Island extends out of the water like a mythical creature that has settled in the bay. It's weather worn and craggy surface now covered with a coat of green. Lying on the perimeter of Halong Bay, the island possesses all the enchanting beauty of the surrounding area, combining rugged karst peaks, thick forest jungles and calm, clear waters. It is the largest island in Cat Ba archipelago.

Ninh Binh highlights and travel guide

Ninh Binh encapsulates so many aspects of the beautiful Vietnamese scenery in one place. It has the stunning karst peaks which rear up out of the land surrounded by flat, sprawling rice paddies and winding glassy rivers

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