Nature in North Vietnam amazes visitors, from the green beauty of the national parks, reserves and Ramsar's, to the mountains, waterfalls, rivers, lakes, and grottoes. Halong Bay is among the new Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Visitors will discover the natural allure of Vietnam by indulging in a wide array of accommodations, tour packages and attractions at places such as Mai Chau, Sapa, Ha Giang, Ba Be, Halong Bay, Phong Nha Ke Bang, and Ninh Binh.
With its long history and unique way of life, North Vietnam has a rich heritage. There are many interesting and diverse sites to be found around the country.
Many colorful festivals can be enjoyed year-round. The time after Tet Nguyen Dan (Vietnamese Lunar New Year) is especially exciting. Other festivals include the Perfume Pagoda, Hung King, Kate, and Lim and Giay Festivals, just to name a few.
Many pristine islands and beaches are to be found in this tropical country. North Vietnam is widely known for its beautiful white-sand beaches and world-class resorts including Halong Bay, Cat Ba...
Best time to visit North Vietnam is from September to April. From September to November, the temperature is pretty cool, the sky is clear from the Far North to the Gulf of Tonkin. From the end of December to February, the weather is getting colder and colder in the North, which makes it wonderful to discover the beautiful hill tribes and mountain in the Far North.
Hanoi - The City of One Thousand Years of Culture
Hanoi is thecapital of Vietnam with a millennium-longhistory. Thearchitecture includes someof the most well-known Vietnameseclassic monuments, as well as decaying but relatively intact examples of French colonial buildings. When you visit Hanoi, you should not miss the fascinating maze of 36 streets in the old Quarter and some of the main culturalsightseeing points in the city, including the ho chi minh complex, the temple of Literature, the museum of ethnology and Ngoc Son temple. Venturing to the outskirts of Hanoi, you can take a one day trip to the Perfume pagoda (a vast complex of Buddhist temples dating back to the 1400s), thay pagoda (dating back to the 11th century and the birth place of water puppetry) or Duong Lam ancient village.
Halong Bay - One of the New Seven Natural Wonders of the World”
Officially recognized as one of the New Seven Natural Wonders of the World in 2012, Halong Bay is a must see on anyone’s itinerary for Vietnam, thanks to its turquoise water and thousands of jagged, limestone islands.
The best way to appreciate this magical scene is from a boat, cruising between the karst cliffs, which loom like fairytale castles, complete with rocky spires and hidden caves. Still used to for fishing, whole families live on floating villages that are easily visited. Some will even take you out on a fishing trip. It was also among Asia’s top five tropical island paradises as selected by CNN.
There is no rushing from place when you choose Luxury Travel Ltd. as your preferred tour operator, because we create bespoke tours that allow visitors to explore on their own schedule and at their own pace.
Sapa - One of the Seven Most Beautiful and Impressive Terraced Rice Fields of Asia
Tucked high in Vietnam's remote northern mountains, close to the Chinese border, the former French military outpost of Sapa offers some of Vietnam's most colorful experiences. Vietnam's highest peak, the 3,143-metre Mount Fansipan, looms overhead, while the surrounding valleys feature terraced rice paddies and blazing green fields, riddled with fast-flowing streams. The region is home to several ethnic minority groups, all wearing their traditional and colorful attire.
To reach Sapa, one can take a train to Lao Cai and then a bus to Sapa from there. Travelers can visit the colorful Bac Ha Hill Tribes Sunday market. And, on Sundays, Nung, Dao, Tay, Cao Lan and Xa Pho minorities in their colorful clothes ride down the mountain to take part in the market at the foot of Fansipan Mountain in Sapa.
The best time to witness the scenic beauty of Sapa is from April to September. Before that period, the weather might be cold and foggy and after that period is the rainy season.
Ninh Binh - the paradise for cycling lovers
When it comes to Vietnam biking tours, you shouldn’t miss Ninh Binh which is widely praised as a paradise for cycling lovers. Just 100 km south of Hanoi, Ninh Binh is a province of astounding natural beauty with limestone peaks whose splendor is often said to surpass that of Ha Long Bay. It is even often referred to as “Ha Long Bay on land.”
Ba Vi - the quiet city near Hanoi
Ba Vi is also regarded as “Dalat of Northern Vietnam”. Just 50 kilometers far from Hanoi, in the summer morning, biking in Ba Vi is such a great experience as its cool and fresh air creating a sense of well-being for everyone who comes here. That is the reason why Ba Vi seems to be the most popular choice for those wishing to relax after the hustle and bustle of modern life in Hanoi.
The romantic scenery will make every visitor love it at first sight. On one side, there are many tall trees covered with soothing moss, and the other side impresses everyone with a clear blue sky with white wisps of white clouds lurking around the mountain peaks. On the top of the mountain, the vibrant violet color of lust brushes looks like purple clouds being prominent in the mist. From the gateway, there are two directions, if visitors want to enjoy exotic flowers and birds, let’s choose the bamboo forest. If you want to reach the top of the mountain, let’s go deeper and follow a steep slope. This road goes up high, bringing visitors into a virtual space of clouds, wind, and birds singing in the forest.
Moc Chau - The hill tribe making your biking tour more wonderful
Approximately 200km from Hanoi, at the height of 1,000m above sea level, Moc Chau plateau (Moc Chau district, Son La province) is naturally endowed with stunning beauty. Each season, Moc Chau attracts tourists with a delicate and beautiful appearance.
Moc Chau is gorgeous all year round, but the most beautiful time is the nesting season of birds and the blooming flower season with the pure white of broccoli, the green tea fields, the wild and yellow color of wild sunflowers or the picturesque of plum blossoms and pink blossoms in Spring.
You can ride your bike around the town to pay a visit to many different places such as the pine forest in Ban Ang where you can cycle around the lake, take a deeper discovery into the pine forest with some strange animals, harvest strawberries or enjoy the sunset and slowly sip at your coffee. Other destinations are Happyland, Heart-shaped tea hill, Doi cave, Dai Yem waterfall and tea farms.
1. Conquering the Fansipan Mount
Mount Fansipan, is Vietnam's highest peak. It's 3,143-metre and looms overhead, while the surrounding valleys feature terraced rice paddies and blazing green fields, riddled with fast-flowing streams. The region is home to several ethnic minority groups, all wearing their traditional and colorful attire. Conquering this mountain is a beast, but worth trying for those people who seek for adventure.
2. Trekking in Pu Luong and Mai Chau
Pu Luong is a new sightseeing and exploration destination for your adventure in the north of Vietnam. You will be highly impressed by the scenery and wild beauty of Mai Chau and Pu Luong Village, especially the terraced rice fields and primeval forests located here. In particular, there is ample time to enjoy peaceful villages, beautiful valleys, local culture and see first-hand, the daily life of the Thai and Muong ethnic minorities.
3. Biking in Ninh Binh
You will discover the charm of Ninh Binh by bike as you visit Van Long Nature Reserve, Cuc Phuong National Park, and Tam Coc and Bich Dong. The biking trips offer a truly unforgettable experience, as you pass between towering limestone peaks, rice fields, lotus flowers ponds and local villages. As you cycle along the local roads between villages, you’ll have the chance to meet local people, see their daily lives and often have a cup of tea and chat with them
JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi
Located in the new central business district, adjacent to the National Convention Center of West Hanoi, the JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi is a breathtaking Vietnam 5-star hotel that is the perfect place for regional and global meetings, incentives and any type of gathering. The hotel offers one of the largest and most innovative meeting venues in the region including 2 ballrooms and extensive foyer areas, covering 3,600sqm, distinguishing us from other Hanoi, Vietnam hotels. The spacious 5-star hotel includes several restaurants such as the JW Café, creating international and local cuisine, the French Grill, where you can dine on traditional international flavors, and a Chinese restaurant featuring the best of Cantonese cooking.
Sheraton Hotel Hanoi
Close to the bustle and excitement of the city, Sheraton Hanoi Hotel is surrounded by lush gardens, sweeping lawns, and tranquil courtyards. This peaceful oasis features picturesque views of West Lake and is less than 10 minutes from downtown Hanoi. Truly “resort within the capital city of Vietnam”, the hotel provides the perfect balance between tranquility and convenience. Clear your mind with an early morning swim or a sauna retreat at sunset in lush garden. Focus on your body during a vigorous workout with one of our certified personal trainers in our fitness center, or play a set of tennis on our lighted outdoor court.
InterContinental Hanoi Westlake
A welcome retreat from the bustling city centre, the hotel is uniquely placed over the serene waters of West Lake while only minutes from Hanoi’s famous Old Quarter. Discover absolute tranquility at this luxurious urban resort with Tai-Chi lessons beside our outdoor pool; savor the finest cuisine at the hotel's Café Du Lac & Milan restaurants; and relax in contemporary Vietnamese designed guest rooms and suites with spectacular views from your own private balcony.The combination of the tranquil lake, spacious luxurious accommodations, facilities and attentive Vietnamese hospitality blend together to make this the perfect place to stay for both the corporate and leisure traveler.
U Sapa hotel
U Sapa is located in the heart of city close to City Center Park that is well suited for domestic and international leisure travelers to experience Sapa’s lifestyle and natural beauty.The architecture and interior of U Sapa hotel are designed in a beautiful French Colonial style with an indigenous twist combined with services that are delivered with U’s unique concept.
This 4 star deluxe hotel in Sapa offers 57 accommodation consisting of 39 superior rooms, 9 deluxe rooms, 3 junior suites and 6 suites and available in both king and twin configurations as well as connecting rooms for families. Another 18 more rooms will be available in December 2014. In order to make your stay in Sapa unforgettable, our deluxe Hotel offer other facilities like : Bellevue, an all-day dining restaurant, Dejavu, a bar, a café, a gym and library. A spa with five treatment rooms will open later in mid-2015.
Victoria Sapa Resort &Spa, Sapa
Once in Sapa, stay at the four stars Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa. The very first upscale mountain resort in Northwestern Vietnam, it was built as a traditional mountain chalet with accented wooden décor and a welcoming stone hearth fireplace. The location and luxury services of the hotel have been carefully planned to allow guests to experience something different and unique, in close harmony with nature and with the local hill tribe people.
Topas Ecolodge, Sapa
Topas Ecolodge is situated in the perfect location at two cone-shaped hills set deep in the spectacular Sapa valley of Northern Vietnam. Code words for our little place are simplicity, quality, and character. The ecolodge consists of 25 individual lodges placed in a circle around the hills. From the lodge, there are breathtaking views across the scenic valleys below, which are home to villages of the Tay and Red Dao minorities.
1. Emperor Cruises - Vietnam’s first-ever all-inclusive cruises in Ha Long Bay
If you are searching for a true hideaway where you will be at one with nature, don’t forget to embark on Emperor Cruises to discover untouched Bai Tu Long Bay and world-famous Ha Long Bay. Being the first ever exclusive all-inclusive Vietnamese boat, Emperor Cruise is tastefully decorated with hand-made objects d’art made from gold, silver, bronze and jade. But it is not all about the vessel; it is all about the experience. This luxury cruise has its own distinctive character with a wealth of top-class facilities, butler service and 24-hour reception to provide a superlative experience, a memory which will stay with your clients for a lifetime. The itinerary is well designed, which allow you to discover caves, go kayaking and snorkeling, encounter local fishermen in a floating village. Hideaway to untouched caves, beaches, and islands and enjoy your adventure on the water.his is your opportunity to escape, do a little soul searching and return completely refreshed.
2. Heritage Cruises - The masterpiece of Cat Ba Island
Heritage Cruises is the first Vietnamese boutique cruise on Cat Ba Island as well as the Red River and the Gulf of Tonkin. Its fleet of vessels combines classic elegance with comfort, showcasing the country’s history, art, cuisine, and culture. Heritage Cruises boasts 20 suites, the accommodation sumptuous, and the views just gorgeous. Whether it is a cool scented towel upon arrival, thoughtfully laying out your slippers, dimming the lights and turning down your bed every evening, or creating last-minute magic to accommodate a special request, the staff at Heritage Cruises will surprise, delight, and amaze you with their ability to anticipate your needs, often before you realize them yourself.