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North Vietnam Travel Guide

The northern part of Vietnam has many spectacular destinations attracting tourist in Vietnam travel. Tourists travel to the North Vietnam can enjoy themselves with many attractions of this region such as beautiful landscapes, unique culture, history as well as people. North Vietnam can be divided into provinces as followings:

Northwest (Tay Bac) contains 6 provinces: Dien Bien, Hoa Binh, Lai Chau, Lao Cai, Son La, and Yen Bai.

Northeast(Dong Bac) contains 9 provinces that lie to north of the highly populated Red River lowlands. Many of these provinces are mountainous: Bac Giang, Bac Can, Cao Bang, Ha Giang, Lang Son, Phu Tho, Quang Ninh, Thai Nguyen, Tuyen Quang.

Red River Delta(Dong Bang Song Hong) contains the national capital - Hanoi and Hai Phong city (centrally-controlled municipallity) and 8 provinces around Hanoi Capital: Bac Ninh, Ha Nam, Hai Duong, Hung Yen, Nam Dinh, Ninh Binh, Thai Binh, Vinh Phuc.

Tourism Highlights

The tropical climate of North Vietnam beckons travelers from abroad. Vietnamese tourism aims specifically to attract visitors from outside southeast Asia to sample its cultural and historical attractions.

Vietnam's capital has a small city feel to it because of its many neighborhoods. Although congested, it is less chaotic than Ho Chi Minh City in the south. Hanoi is dotted with tranquil lakes, green parks and colonial and precolonial structures. Explore the quiet streets of the Old Quarter, near Hoan Kiem District. On the southern edge visit the historic Opera House, with its Art Nouveau design. On the western boundary you can tour the "Hanoi Hilton," Hoa Lo Prison, where American soldiers were held, or Quan Su Pagoda, an important Buddhist temple. Sample the noteworthy North Vietnamese cuisine by trying cha ca, a spicy fried fish dish, or pho, a noodle soup with beef or chicken and bean sprouts. Do not miss seeing a Hanoi original entertainment, a water puppet show. Marvel as large, colorfully painted wood puppets emerge from the water to perform traditional Vietnamese tales on the surface of the water. Puppeteers manipulate the movements of the puppets from behind a curtain.

From Hanoi, tourists can travel to other provinces in the north, especially northern mountainous provinces. Cooler weather awaits adventure travelers to visit the wonderful landscapes of these provinces. Depart from Sapa for day trips to hilltribe Dao, Hmong or Tay villages. Hire a guide to narrate and explain the customs, as it is illegal to trek without a guide. From September to November, lush shades of green indicate the time for harvesting the rice grown on hillside terraces while adding to the visual beauty of the Mount Fanispan region. Southeast Asia's tallest mountain is a 10,000-foot, multiple day climb. Hire a guide and gear in Sapa.

Each province in the North Vietnam has its own features and be worth for travel. Join us and you will find many useful information about North Vietnam travel as well as Vietnam travel in general!

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