The natural beauty of northern Vietnam
Destinations Destinations
Hanoi, Sapa, Halong Bay, Fansipan Mountain
Activity Activity
Adventure, Cruise, Nature & Wildlife, Culture & History, Family, Trekking, Hiking

Starting in busy Hanoi, this route heads north west for the contrasting cooler air and serene beauty of the mountains. At Sapa you’ll find challenging trekking routes and majestic views and from there, head east beneath the Chinese border to experience a wealth of beautiful mountain villages, colourful hill tribes and more magnificent landscapes. Ba Be National Park is home to Vietnam’s largest lake - the perfect place to relax before returning south to the capital. The route can be extended with a trip to the famous limestone karst bays to the east of Hanoi.

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Our recommended activities and highlights

‘The Roof of Indochina’
Fansipan Mountain

‘The Roof of Indochina’

At 3,143m, Fansipan is the highest mountain in the Indochinese Peninsula. With ethereal panoramas of the Hoang Lien mountain range from the summit, the 1-3 day hike is a must for adventure seekers, while the cable car from Sapa provides a slightly gentler option.

Motorbike the Northwest Loop
Sapa

Motorbike the Northwest Loop

This one-week journey winds through mountains cut by deep valleys, past isolated ethnic villages, rice paddies and jaw dropping vistas. Aside from Sapa, be prepared for no English speakers, Western food or high-end lodgings on this motorbike adventure.

Sample authentic street food in Hanoi
Hanoi

Sample authentic street food in Hanoi

Weave your way through the Vespas of Vietnam’s capital to Hanoi’s Old Quarter; a hub of history and culture and the perfect place to enjoy Southeast Asian cuisine at its most authentic with a dish of pho and glass of refreshing Bia Hoi beer.

Vietnam’s lesser-known bays
Halong Bay

Vietnam’s lesser-known bays

While crowds flock to the famous Halong Bay, the nearby limestone karst islands of Lan Ha and Bai Tu Long are formed by the same geological feature that runs 100km up the Vietnam coastline and are just as beautiful, yet with a more isolated appeal.

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