Explore Northern Vietnam With This Tour Itinerary

Author: Priyanka Saxena on Sep 20,2018

This is Vietnam's big-sky country; a place of rippling mountains, cascading rice terraces and the winnowed-out karst topography for which the region is famed.

Although Northern Vietnam gets fewer visitors than Ho Chi Minh City and the coastal cities in the south, this is a region of the country not to be missed. Not only is the region home to Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital, it is also where you’ll find breathtaking bays, stunning rice terraces, and unbeatable scenery. Northern Vietnam’s cultural attractions are just as diverse ranging from the chaotic highland markets to the hill-tribes in the far north. Narrowing down the many options to fit your itinerary can be tricky, but this list can help point you to the region’s top destinations.


Trip Highlights

The Northern Vietnam tour include Hanoi, traveling by train to the north-west mountains, ethnic minority groups, and an authentic market, a night on a junk in Ha Long Bay, natural scenery and floating villages



  • History & Archaeology Tours / Museums & Galleries / Beaches / Boating & Sailing / Hiking



  • Beach Vacations / Relaxation



  • Spectacular Scenery


Places To Visit

Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Sapa


Tour Price

Our private tours typically range from $500 - $1000 per person/per night depending on chosen hotels and room categories, vehicles used, types of tours, flight cost, time of year and other factors. Make an inquiry for a customized trip quote.

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Detailed Itinerary

It’s time to recover, a night in Hanoi, a full day to explore the city and an overnight train journey. Once you have arrived and settled in, you can enjoy a sumptuous local dinner to say “hello” to Vietnam, and talk about your tour. On the following day, you can explore the sights of Hanoi and the Ethnology Museum to prepare yourself for your excursion up into the mountains.

In the late evening, board the overnight sleeper to Lao Cai, on the border with China.

Two Days in Sapa

You'll be a bit bleary-eyed when you drag yourself off the train at five in the morning, but the drive up to Sapa, the crisp fresh air and the prospect of breakfast will wake you up. Then it’s off with an expert local guide to visit the colorful ethnic villages along the verdant valley beside Mt. Fansipan, Vietnam’s highest peak.

An early night, then it’s time to take off to an ethnic market in the morning – quite a drive, but the scenery and the market make it well worth the journey. You can arrive back in Lao Cai with several hours before the train arrives, but you can arrange for yourself to freshen up in a hotel and have dinner in a local restaurant before you board the overnight sleeper back to Hanoi.

A day and a half on the bay and a night under the stars

Another bleary-eyed morning, but time for a rest and breakfast before your car arrives to take you to Ha Long Bay. A boat will be waiting for you.

The Ha Long Bay experience is difficult to describe – suffice it to say that most of the travelers rate it as their most durable memory. If you're a seafood fan – you're in for something special! If the weather’s good, take the pillows from the cabin and sleep on the roof – it’s magic, especially if you encounter a clear Ha Long dawn! Sadly, it’s back to Hanoi on the following afternoon.

Time to leave!

You'll be free until your car arrives to take you to Hanoi's Noi Bai airport.


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