Exploring North Vietnam by tours is a great option for beginner travellers. We have compiled a list of our 4 favourite Northern Vietnam tours – which is basically all you need to see all the highlights.
Travelling Vietnam 101: Vietnam is a great place for beginner travellers. The tourist infrastructure is amazing. If you want to, you can see all the best places to visit in North Vietnam just by going on guided tours from Hanoi.
Without further ado, here are the only 4 northern Vietnam tours you need:
Halong Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The bay is dotted with limestone islets which provide stunning scenery.
On a Halong Bay tour, you can expect
There are countless options concerning the
We have chosen a 2 day/1 night cruise on a 5 star ship in Lan Ha Bay.
The rice paddies of Sapa are the quintessential landscape in Northern Vietnam.
On a Sapa tour expect to
As we are not the most avid hikers, we chose a 2 day /1 night tour with stay in Ta Van Village.
The Ha Giang Loop is a motorcycle loop in northern Vietnam. It’s a great adventure and will reward you with many amazing mountain views.
On the Ha Giang Loop, expect:
The regular Ha Giang Loop takes 4 days / 3 nights and that’s the one we chose as well. You can also do an express version which is one day shorter.
Ninh Binh is dubbed the Halong Bay on land. The scenery is stunning.
The highlights of a Ninh Binh tour are:
Personally, we didn’t book a Ninh Binh tour but stayed in town for a couple of days. If we were to choose a tour, we would take the Full-Day Ninh Binh Highlights Tour from Hanoi because it brings you to all our favourite places in Ninh Binh in a time-efficient manner. It includes:
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Our Vietnam 7 day itinerary covers Hanoi, Halong Bay, Tam Coc, and Sapa. If you’re looking for a 10 days in Vietnam itinerary, just add the Ha Giang Motorbike loop to your route.
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