Northern Vietnam is an area that attracts many visitors because of its beautiful scenery. For detailed and suitable information for a 6-day trip, read this article to plan a perfect itinerary for your trip to northern Vietnam.
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As you know, theNorthern Vietnamis the origin of the thousands-years-culture of Vietnamese people civilization. When you arrived in this land, you will be able to explore the fascinating natural beauty and many impressive architectural works. If you intend to come here for about six days without a specific plan for the cruise, continue to scroll down to read it. This article will assist you with a trip to North Vietnam without missing out on any essential locations.
Hoan Kiem Lake
You can take a tour by car or motorbike (depending on your preference). The first place you should set foot on is Vietnam's first university: Temple of Literature (Van Mieu). Van Mieu is located in Dong Da district, right in the middle of 4 main streets including Nguyen Thai Hoc, Ton Duc Thang, Van Mieu, and Quoc Tu Giam. The It was built-in 1070 in King Ly Thanh Tong's time, worshiping Confucius, Chu Cong, and Tu Phoi. In 1076, King Ly Nhan Tong established another Quoc Tu Giam next door to be a university dedicated to the kings and noble families. By the time of King Tran Thai Tong, Quoc Tu Giam was renamed to National Academy.
The second place you should visit is the One Pillar Pagoda, one of the most iconic temples in Vietnam. The One Pillar Pagoda was originally built by order of King Ly Thai Tong, the reigning emperor from 1028 to 1054. Although destroyed by the French colonialists when they withdraw from the city, the building was of significant importance. This work was completely rebuilt in 1955.
One Pillar Pagoda
Near the One Pillar Pagoda is the mausoleum of the great father of the Vietnamese, Ho Chi Minh, and his house. The Mausoleum is usually open in the mornings of the week except for Mondays and Fridays. However, on special days such as the first day of the Lunar New Year, May 19 (Ho Chi Minh's birthday) and September 2 (National Day) that coincide on Monday or Friday, it will still open for visitors.
The next place you should go to is the picturesque West Lake and its sixth-century Buddhist Temple Tran Quoc. Tran Quoc Pagoda is considered the oldest temple in Hanoi with a history of more than 1,500 years. In addition, West Lake is the largest lake and the most famous scenic spot in Hanoi capital. It is 500ha wide.
The next place you should go to is the picturesque West Lake and its sixth-century Buddhist Temple Tran Quoc. Tran Quoc Pagoda is considered the oldest temple in Hanoi with a history of more than 1,500 years.
After visiting the above exciting places, if you are tired, take the rest of the day to relax. If you want to do some light activities, you can go to some traditional shows like Water Puppet Show and Four Palaces Show.
If you have a visit to Vietnam, do not hesitate to go to the picturesque countryside of this country. Then, on the 2nd day in the North, you should come to Ninh Binh and explore Hoa Lu - the ancient capital in Dinh and Le dynasties, before making a boat trip down the Tam Coc River. Tam Coc Bich Dong tourist area has a natural area of 350.3 ha. It is located 2 km from National Highway 1A, around 7 km from Ninh Binh City and 9 km from Tam Diep City. Mainly this area is located in Ninh Hai commune (Hoa Lu). Tam Coc Bich Dong tourist area includes many sightseeing routes for yachts, cycling and walking, connecting nearly 20 tourist destinations.
You should depart from the resting place around 8 am, and it will take about 2 hours to drive through rural northern Vietnam. At Hoa Lu, you will visit places where temples dedicated to Emperor Dinh Tien Hoang of Dinh dynasty (968-80) and Le Dai Hanh of the Le dynasty (980-1009). If possible, after arriving in Hoa Lu ancient capital, take a walk to the limestone hills. You will probably have an enjoyable physical experience.
Bich Dong pagoda
If you continue to go to Tam Coc town, you will have the opportunity to see the traditional villages. Try having a Vietnamese-style lunch there. For those who like feeling adventurous, you should climb Bich Dong Pagoda. Bich Dong Pagoda is an ancient architectural work like other temples. But the unique thing about Bich Dong pagoda is that it was built in the style of "Tam" (Chinese language). There are three non-adjacent buildings, and they rely on the mountain from low to high to 3 separate temples: Ha Pagoda, Chua Trung, and Thuong pagoda.
After returning to Hanoi, take a break for a night train to the next destination on the 3rd day of Northern Vietnam. Around 8 pm, you should move to Hanoi train station because the night train from there to Lao Cai will depart at around 9:15 pm.
Day 3: Time to traveling Lao Cai – Road transfer to Sapa – Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai - Ta Van - Sapa
The train will stop in Lao Cai around 5:30 am to 6 am. You should find a place to rest and relax for a while before starting a full day trip in the North of Vietnam.
After taking a break, start your new trip by trekking on a small road to the valley of Y Linh Ho village. It was a small village settled on the Muong Hoa river. The community of H'mong people is also in the vicinity. H'mong is one of the largest ethnic minorities in the Sapa area.
H'mong people have their own languages and have traditional indigo blue costumes. You may not know, Hmong people have recently started to change their lifestyles, they become more sedentary. Here, you can see many traces of traditional cultures: rudimentary houses surrounded by those walls.
Continuing the journey, you will come to Ta Van village to visit the Zay people. They are a minority group with about 38,000 people concentrated mainly in Northwest Vietnam.
After visiting Ta Van village, you should catch a ride to return to Sa Pa right on the day to rest.
After checking out, you will begin the 4th-day journey down the southwest of Sapa to visit the Cat Cat village of the H' mong people - one of the magnificent villages in Sapa. Come here, take the time to relax at the foot of the majestic waterfall and an old hydroelectric plant built by the French during their time as a colony.
Cat Cat village
At noon, you can enjoy lunch at the river. Then continue walking 3km to Sin Chai village - a home village at the foot of Mount Fansipan. Fansipan is the highest mountain in Vietnam, also the roof of three Indochina countries (Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam). With a height of 3,143 m above sea level, Fansipan belongs to the Hoang Lien Son mountain range, about 9 km from Sapa town to the southwest, adjacent to the provinces of Lao Cai and Lai Chau in northwestern Vietnam. In the local language, the name Fansipan means a giant stone. Fansipan Peak is a meeting place for climbers and those who like the feeling of touching the sky.
After that, go back to Sapa town. Around 3 pm is the time you should start the ride back to Hanoi.
You must have known Ha Long Bay - the pride of Vietnam tourism, listed by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage and voted by the New7Wonders Organization as a Natural Wonder. You should have a night in this world-famous bay.
After enjoying breakfast in Hanoi, start your journey to Halong Bay. It takes about 3 hours to ride to that tourist paradise (departure time should be 8:30 am). By noon, you will arrive at Ha Long city jetty, find a room in that neighborhood. After booking and boarding the train, you will be served lunch when the train goes to the bay.
Halong Bay has a total area of 1553 square kilometers, including 1969 islands, of which 989 islands have names and 980 islands without names. The World Heritage Area covers an area of 434 km2 including 775 islands, such as a triangle with three peaks: Dau Go Island (west), Ba Ham Lake (south) and Cong Tay Island (east). The majestic landscape here deserves you to pay for sightseeing and stay one night. Enjoy it!
Dear readers, if possible, get up early to enjoy great dawn on the karsts of Halong Bay. After enjoying breakfast, the cruise will take you to Hanoi. For the rest of the last day, you can go to souvenir shops to buy some small items for friends and relatives. It must be a lot of meaning.
Well, then read an article detailing a 6-day long trip in northern Vietnam. If you have any questions or comments, don't hesitate to write it below. Hope this article brings a lot of useful information for you. Wish you have a great trip.