Welcome to Northern Vietnam

Halong Bay's seascape of limestone towers is the view everyone's here to see, but the karst connection continues inland, to Ba Be's sprawling lakes and the knobbly topped peaks of Ha Giang, until it segues into the evergreen hills of the northwest highlands.

Not to be outdone by the scenery, northern Vietnam's cultural kaleidoscope is just as diverse. In this heartland of hill-tribe culture, villages snuggle between paddy-field patchworks outside of Sapa and the scarlet headdresses of the Dzao and the Black Hmong's indigo fabrics add dizzying colour to chaotic highland markets.

The twisting ribbon-roads winding north from Hanoi reveal a rural world far removed from Vietnam's horns-a-honking big-city streets. If you're up for some road-tripping, this is the place to do it.

Top experiences in Northern Vietnam

Recent articles

Travel guides

Starting at $27.99

Image for

Northern Vietnam activities

$48 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Halong Bay from Hanoi with Cruise, Kayaking, and Lunch

Introduction:Ha Long Bay is far from Ha Noi 165km in the northeast.It is one of the natural world heritages which  2 times recognized by UNESCO about lanscape & geological values - Situated in the North-East region of Vietnam, total of area 1,553 km2 with 1,969 islands of various shapes & sizes like Cock-fighting, Incense Burner,...and wonderful caves and grottoes, such as Heavenly Residence Grotto, Driftwood Grotto ,.. In the year of 2007, Halong bay is continuously in the voting list of the world’s wonder.08h10 – 8h35: Pick up at your hotel then depart to visit Ha Long bay-the natural world heritage. On the way you have good chance to see the beautiful landscapes of Vietname’s countryside such as: red river, Luc River, buffalos, green rice, cane, canal fields…..10h45: After long journey on bus, you have 15minutes for relaxing at Hai Duong city where you can see how handicated people make souvernirs and taste green bean cake (a tradditional cake in Hai Duong).11h00: Get on bus then continue going to Ha Long bay.12h15: Arrive Tuan Chau Habour, get on boat then have nice lunch on boat with nice Local sea foods while boat moving to overview the beauty of the bay. Then boat stop at fishing village where you can visit fishing farm and do some kayaking or bamboo boat rowing by local people to visit small cave or relaxing at sundeck. After that Continue  journey for visiting the bay. Boat will stop at the wharf then you can go inside to visit Thien Cung cave which is one of the most beautiful cave in Ha Long bay. You will have 45 minutes to discover the wonderful charm of  grottos and stalactites which make into lovely shapes such as: totoise, lion... Then get back on boat have Sunset Party  and continue excursion to sightseeing fighting cock islet, stone seadog, duck islet…16h30: Arrive Habour get on the bus to come back Ha Noi.20h30 – 21h00: Arrive Ha Noi bus take you back to your hotel then the tour finish.

$170 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Halong Bay Tour with Hanoi Transfer Option by Bus or Seaplane

Day 1: Hanoi – Halong Bay (L, D)12:00      Arrive at Bhaya Group Cruise Centre at Tuan Chau International Passenger Port.12:45      Embark your cruise onboard Bhaya Cruises. Enjoy welcome drinks while our Cruise Manager does the itinerary and safety briefing.13:00      Let the vacation begin with a fusion buffet lunch while the boat cruises towards the southwest of Halong Bay.15:00    Discover the mysterious Tien Ong Cave which is not only a beauty spot but also an archaeological site. Covering an area of 1,000 m2 with stunning stalactites and stalagmites, the cave is one of the finest caves in Halong Bay.17:00      Bar opens for the Happy Hour "Buy one get one free". Take the chance to get more delicious drinks and fun.17:30    Join exciting “Master-Chef Competition” and fruit carving demonstration, learn and try your hands with authentic Vietnamese food. The winner or the Master-Chef of Bhaya Cruise would be awarded with surprising gifts. It’s also time to admire the sunset over enchanting Halong Bay while the boat anchors for overnight stay.19:00      Enjoy set-menu dinner on board while your Cruise Manager introduces the following day program.21:00    Retire to your cabin or join our staffs for squid fishing. Overnight on board.Overnight: Your on-board cabinDay 2: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B, L)06:15      Start off your day with a Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck with complimentary tea and coffee being served. Rejuvenate your body and mind with the slow movement of Tai Chi and enjoy the dawn on the bay.07:00      Light breakfast is served onboard. The boat weighs anchor to sail to Cua Van floating village.07:45       Take your time to visit the village which is voted as one of the 11 insanely beautiful small towns around the world by huffingtonpost.com. You can choose either kayak or traditional rowing boat to go around discovering local life on the waters.09:00       Return to your boat and relax.09:30      Brunch is being served in the restaurant while the boat cruises through Lom Bo Islet, Soi Sim Island, Hoa Cuong Islet and Ba Hang Village.10:45      Disembark at Tuan Chau International Passenger Port.

$108 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Full Day Boat Trip from Halong City

This morning you'll be picked up at the Tuan Chau Tourist Wharf and start cruising through hundreds of limestone islands and islets on the bay. Here, witness beautiful spots like Cho Da (Stone Dog), Lu Huong (Incense Burner), Ba Hang Fishing Village and Ngon Tay (Fingers) Islets.Next, visit Sung Sot (Surprise) Cave, one of the most stunning caves in Halong bay. After, board your boat and cruise to Ti Top island. Climb to the top of the hill on the island and enjoy the amazing panoramic view over the Halong bay. (Optional to enjoy 1-hour and a half kayaking trip)Then head back to the junk and savor a set-menu lunch on-board. Cruise leisurely back to the harbor passing Luon cave, Con Rua (Tortoise), Dau Nguoi (Man Head) and Mat Quy (Monster Head) Islets.Early afternoon, disembark at Tuan Chau Tourist Wharf where your tours ends.

$416 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Halong Bay 2-Day: Private Cabin, Squid Fishing, Kayak, Caves

DAY ONE 12:00       Arrival in Tuan Chau Island12:15       Transfer to Paradise Luxury12:30       Welcome drink, cruise information and check-in13:00 – 14:30          Lunch at the restaurant14:30 – 16:30          Cruise and sightseeing along Halong Bay.  Enjoy an afternoon spa treatment at Paradise Spa*16:00                       Visit Sung Sot Cave (1 hour)  17:00 – 18:30          Happy Hour* on the sundeck                                Anchor at Coconut Tree Island for overnight stay18:00 – 19:00          Cooking demonstration on the sundeck19:30 – 22:00          Bao Dai Dinner at the restaurant 21:00                      Select from Squid fishing or Movies in the restaurantDAY TWO07:00                   Tai Chi on the sundeck07:00 – 08:00       Light breakfast, coffee & pastries08:00                    Visit Ti Top Island (1hour) .  Stay on board and just relax or enjoy a spa treatment at Paradise Spa*08:30                    A la Carte breakfast at the restaurant09:30                   Bill settlement and checkout10:30                   Return to Tuan Chau Marina

$169 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

2-Day Halong Bay Syrena Cruise from Hanoi

ItineraryDay 1: Transfer for Ha Long Bay + visit Amazing Cave + Titop Island (Buffet Lunch & Dinner)Stop At: Sung Sot Cave, Halong Bay, Quang Ninh ProvinceDay 1: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B, L, D)After pickup from your hotel in the Old Quarter or at the Hanoi Opera House, depart for Halong. You'll stop for a short break during the drive from Hanoi, which takes roughly 2 hours. Around 11:00AM, you'll arrive at Tuan Chau Harbour to prepare for embarkation aboard Syrena Cruises.Check in while enjoying a welcome drink and receive a cruise briefing. Then have buffet lunch while cruising in magnificent Halong Bay. Admire the fascinating rock formations en route to Sung Sot Cave (Amazing Cave). You'll transfer by tender to the cave, considered one of the most beautiful caverns in the UNESCO-listed region. From here, a tender brings you to Ti Top Island for optional swimming and kayaking. Back on the cruise boat, relax or paddle a kayak to explore more natural treasures of Halong Bay.In the evening, join a cooking class and learn how to prepare traditional Vietnamese dishes. Take part in 'happy hour' before your dinner is served with a variety of dishes featuring Vietnamese fusion cuisine. Evening activities are included on board before your overnight anchorage near Ti Top Island.Overnight: deluxe cabin on Halong BayDuration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Lunch: Buffet Lunch is served onboard. • Dinner: Set menu.Accommodation included: Cabin Deluxe Ocean ViewDay 2: Breakfast + Bamboo at Luon Cave + Buffet Brunch + Transfer for Ha NoiStop At: Halong Bay, Halong Bay, Quang Ninh ProvinceDay 2: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B, L)After an early morning wake-up call, enjoy Tai Chi instruction on the sundeck. After a light breakfast in the ship's restaurant, visit Luon Cave by woven boat and go kayaking to explore its interior. Returning to the cruise vessel in the morning, take time to freshen up and check out of your cabin. Sit down for brunch served in the dining room en route to Tuan Chau Harbour, where you're transferred to Hanoi and your hotel on arrival.Duration: 4 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch: Brunch BuffetAccommodation included: Deluxe Cabin Ocean View

$320 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Exploring Halong top-rated attractions in 2 days 1 night

ItineraryDay 1: Hanoi - Halong Bay (L-D)Pass By: Old QuarterWatching a heavy traffic flow of Hanoi Old Quarter area on arrival morning if you book our shuttle bus service.Pass By: Long Bien Bridge, HanoiWatching an 109-year-old bridge crossing Red river that flows around Hanoi capital.Pass By: Tuần Châu MarinaGoing inside of the Tuan Chau Island owned by a powerful person where Gray Line anchors there.Stop At: Luon Cave and LakeKayaking at Luon Cave is an extremely joyful and memorable experience when in Halong bay. Seeing Monkeys and enjoying its tranquility.Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Ti Top Island, Halong Bay, Quang Ninh ProvinceConquer the peak of the Titov to admire the Bay’s panorama (strongly recommended).Duration: 30 minutesPass By: Bai Tu Long Bay, Halong Bay, Quang Ninh ProvinceStaying overnight at which you can see a part of Bai Tu Long Bay.Meals included: • Lunch: A buffet lunches included • Dinner: A set-menu dinner included in our price.Accommodation included: Deluxe Cabin for two adults at 1st floor. Bed type's ordered in advance for free. Cabin upgrade with surcharge. Day 2: Halong - Hanoi (B-L)Stop At: Sung Sot Cave, Halong Bay, Quang Ninh ProvinceA must-to-see tourist attraction for its extensive space. After the rock formation and millions years of water erosion, the cave is now featured by hundreds of marvelous stalactites, stalagmites and grandeur stone chambers which are incomparable with any cave in Gulf of Tonkin.Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Vietnam Joint Stock Commercial Bank For Industry And Trade (VietinBank)Pass by and have a rest within 20 minutes. You can see a lot of sculptures, potteries and paintings.Duration: 20 minutesMeals included: • Breakfast: Included a light breakfast. • Lunch: A buffet lunch will be served at 10.30 AM onboard.No accommodation included on this day.