Things to do in Northern Vietnam

Our most recommended things to do in Northern Vietnam

From Hanoi: Ha Long Bay Full-Day Guided Tour with Lunch

1. From Hanoi: Ha Long Bay Full-Day Guided Tour with Lunch

Enjoy a full-day trip to Ha Long Bay and get immersed in the beauty of the stone mountains, caves, sandy beach, and more. Board a vehicle from the hotel and enjoy a scenic drive through the green fields. Arrive at the Tuan Chau Habour and cruise through the turquoise waters and amazing rock formations. Soak in the beauty of the surroundings while enjoying a traditional Vietnamese lunch on board. Next, you will continue to explore the beautiful Sung Sot cave. Admire the shimmering stalactites embodying countless strange and unique shapes. Take a kayak or bamboo boat to spend some time in the water and discover the stunning Luon Cave. Feel the warmth of the sunshine as you pass by Titop island. Take a refreshing dip in the water or trek to the Titop peak for photos with a panoramic view of the bay. Relax for a while before going back to the boat to enjoy a sunset party with red wine, french fries, cakes, and fruits. After reaching Ha Long harbor, the driver will transfer you back to Hanoi. 

From Hanoi: 2-Day Luxury 5-Star Lan Ha Bay Cruise

2. From Hanoi: 2-Day Luxury 5-Star Lan Ha Bay Cruise

Day 1: Start with pickup from your hotel in Hanoi. Arrive at Tuan Chau pier and board the boat. Enjoy the buffet lunch while the boat is cruising towards North East of Ha Long Bay. Cruise next to the Dark and Bright Caves, the ideal place for you to get up close to Ha Long Bay by bamboo boat or kayak. Then enter a less populated area at Tra Bau - Lan Ha Bay. Select the option to discover Ba Trai Dao Beach, which is ideal for kayaking and swimming. Enjoy a refreshing dip in the green emerald water. Onboard you may join a cooking demonstration as you learn about Vietnamese dining culture. The chef and staff will instruct you in making a traditional dish from Vietnam. Enjoy happy hour at the bar while watching the view of the bay at sunset. Sit for a deluxe dinner made with the freshest ingredients in a sophisticated space with elegant French neoclassical style and traditional oriental touches. Admire the beauty of the bay at night. You may want to try your luck with squid fishing or watch a movie in the restaurant. Day 2: Rise early in the morning for a Tai Chi session on the sundeck. Enjoy breakfast at the restaurant while continuing the cruise. Take part in a kayaking tour in the Ao Ech area, before checking out of your cabin. Brunch will be served at the restaurant on the 2nd deck. Return to Tuan Chau Marina for your transfer back to Hanoi.

Hanoi: 3-Day Lan Ha Bay 5 Star Cruise & Private Balcony Room

3. Hanoi: 3-Day Lan Ha Bay 5 Star Cruise & Private Balcony Room

Day 1 Get picked up at your hotel in Hanoi's old quarter. Transfer to Tuan Chau marina, welcome aboard to cruise. Refresh with a welcome drink. Meet the captain, crew, and join the briefing and learn safety instructions. Have lunch in the luxury dining room indoors. Continue cruising through Con Vit islet, Thumb islet, and Gia Luan harbor which belonged to the Cat Ba area. Discover the lagoon natural area belonging to Lan Ha bay. Kayak or swim or just simply sunbathe on the cruise. Enjoy a sunset party — the ideal time to make new friends or just relax. Join a short cooking demonstration. Dinner is served with a fresh food menu. After dinner, reward yourself with a large selection or enjoy one of the onboard activities like squid fishing. Day 2 Join a Tai Chi session for the early risers on the sun deck. Have a light breakfast with a panoramic view of the world heritage site. Transfer to a boat cruise for a full day trip and relax while taking in views of Lan Ha Bay. Enjoy lunch before boarding a smaller boat to explore some of the areas that the main boat cannot go through. Head to Viet Hai Village and take a bicycle ride to enjoy the scenery along the village roads and rainforests. Visit a local family’s house to see the daily life of local people. Back to the boat, continue cruising further into Lan Ha Bay. Arrive at a natural beach area for swimming. Back onboard the cruise, take time to refresh or relax in the sleeping area. Dinner is served with a different menu. After dinner, enjoy the landscape of the bay at night. Enjoy on-board activities like squid fishing, and watching movies in the restaurant. Day 3 Join a Tai Chi session on the sundeck for early risers before enjoying a light breakfast. Depending on the weather, try kayaking and swimming at Ao Ech. If there's time, visit a cave in the area. Take the option of either exploring the cave by yourself on a kayak or comfortably on a boat rowed by the locals. Check out the room. Vietnamese cuisine is served. Disembark from the cruise as the crew says farewell. Transfer by ultra-luxurious limousine (if you book our transfer). Arrival back at your hotel at approximately 3:00 PM.

From Hanoi: Ha Long & Bai Tu Long Bay 3-Day Cruise with Food

4. From Hanoi: Ha Long & Bai Tu Long Bay 3-Day Cruise with Food

Experience a cruise and discover the Bai Tu Long and Ha Long Bay area. Kayak all around the island, swim on the beach, visit a fishing village by bamboo boat, and try night fishing on this multi-day adventure. Day 1: Hon Gai Pier – Bai Tu Long Bay – Cong Do – Cap La 07.45 – 8:30: luxury limousine or shuttle bus will pick you up from your hotel in Hanoi and start a trip to explore the most amazing bay in the North of Vietnam. On the way, we will have a quick stop in the middle of the way to rest. 12.30: Arrive in the office at Hon Gai Pier, you will have a bit of time to relax and enjoy a cup of tea/coffee. Wait for the captain to finish the registration and transfer by tender to our boat. 12.45: Enjoy a welcome drink and spend a couple of minutes to briefing about safety on the boat and activities included then we check in the cabin. 13.30: Delicious Vietnamese set menu will be served while leisurely cruising further into Bai Tu Long Bay. 15.00: Arrive in the kayaking area – that is Cap La Island. Enjoy kayaking through the karst and breathtaking nature, swimming, and relaxing. 17.30: Get back to the boat and enjoys a Sunset party while our cruise sailing to the overnight anchorage. 19.00: Sumptuous set dinner on board. 20.30: Free time to challenge yourself in Vietnamese puzzle games, or gathers your group/family for a board game; try your luck with squid fishing or simply have a cocktail and enjoy the quiet night on the bay. Day 2: Vung Vieng Village – Cong Dam – Cong Do 06.00: Start your day with a Tai Chi routine on sundeck or catch a morning view of the stunning bay’s landscape with a cup of tea or coffee. 07.30: Breakfast will be served in Western style, familiar to you to fulfill your strength, and ready for another exploring day. 09.00: Transfer to a day cruise, we cruise passing several floating hamlets including Cap La and Cong Dam, we enter the Centre of pristine Bai Tu Long Geology Park. There, we will visit Vung Vieng fishing village to interact with local people. 12.00: Back to the boat for a delicious hot lunch at noontime 14.00: Spend more time kayaking and swimming at Cong Dam, or relaxing on the boat. If the weather allows, we can take a glance at Thay Cave before back to the anchor point. 16.30: Return to the main boat and enjoy the sunset party afterward 19.00: Dinner will be served. 20.30: Free time for joining Games, you may also try your luck with squid fishing. Day 3: Thien Canh Son Cave – Hon Gai Harbor 06.30: Start early Tai Chi demonstration on sundeck. 07.30: Breakfast will be served in Western style and furthermore with Vietnamese traditional food. 08.00: Explore the well-hidden Thien Canh Son Cave and enjoy a white sandy beach at Hon Co Island. The tour guide will provide some interesting stories of Ha Long Bay and this cave, made by Mother Nature. 09.00: Back to the boat to pack and check out of your cabin. Prepare to join in a traditional cooking demonstration. 10.30: Vietnamese cooking demonstration on boat. 11.00: Enjoy a traditional Vietnamese lunch. 12.00: Disembark in Hon Gai pier. Farewell Halong Bay then returns to Hanoi 15.00: Finish your excursion

Lan Ha Bay: 2 Days 1 Night Luxury Cruise, Swimming, kayaking

5. Lan Ha Bay: 2 Days 1 Night Luxury Cruise, Swimming, kayaking

Experience the natural beauty of Ha Long Bay on this 2-day luxury cruise through a lesser-traveled section of the bay.  Day 1 Get picked up from your hotel in Hanoi in a shuttle bus and enjoy a 2.5-hour journey to Ha Long Bay, admiring stunning views of the surrounding countryside as you drive. Upon arrival at the ferry terminal, transfer to the cruise ship and receive a welcome drink as you listen to a quick cruise safety briefing. Afterward, check in to your private balcony cabin before setting sail and admiring the magical landscapes of Ha Long Bay as you go, including a 100-year-old French lighthouse.  In the afternoon, enjoy a delicious Vietnamese lunch consisting of fresh seafood and an assortment of appetizers. Continue your cruise to Lan Ha Bay, a quieter section of Ha Long where you can take part in activities such as kayaking or swimming in the crystal-clear waters. Once back on board, the ship will drop the anchor for the night.  ( other option some time visit the Dark & Bright Cave by kayaking depending about the weather and low tides or high tides, the guide will inform before trip) Celebrate your first night on board with a sunset party on the sundeck with tea, coffee and fresh fruits before dinner is served. At the end of the evening, retire to your cabin or join the squid fishing excursion, watch a movie, have a drink at the bar, make use of the onboard wifi access or play exciting games.  Day 2 Today, rise early to watch the sunrise over the miraculous scenery of the bay. Gently energize your body with an invigorating Tai Chi session on the sundeck before breakfast. After breakfast, enjoy with swimming or kayaking at Ao Ech with beautiful view of landscape here. Once back on the ship, join a cooking demonstration and learn how to make spring rolls, a Vietnamese specialty. Enjoy lunch on board before beginning the journey back to the ferry terminal where you will board the shuttle bus that will drop you off back at your hotel in Hanoi in the afternoon.

From Hanoi: 3-Day Lan Ha Bay Luxury Cruise & Viet Hai Cycle

6. From Hanoi: 3-Day Lan Ha Bay Luxury Cruise & Viet Hai Cycle

DAY 1: HANOI – HALONG BAY – LAN HA BAY ON CRUISE (L/D) 08:00 – 08:45 Pick up at your hotel in Hanoi old quarter. Start 2,5 hour road journey on shuttle bus 12:30 – 13:00 Welcome to Cruise, enjoy a welcome drink while Cruise Manager gives a brief introduction, safety guidelines. Receive the room key, check in your room. 13:00- 13:15 Enjoy a typical lunch in the luxury dining room while Cruise slowly glides between the sea-green color. 15:00 You can go downstairs at reception for the outdoor activities. Drop anchor for swimming or just simply sunbathe on cruise. Also, you can do kayaking under our tour guide’s instructions. Come back to Cruise 17:30 Summit on the sundeck for watching the magnificent sunset over the Gulf of Tonkin, you are invited to Sunset party 18:00 You take part in cooking demonstration. We will guide you how to make the traditional Vietnamese dish – deep fried spring rolls or fresh summer rolls. 19:15 The delicate dinner is served with fresh food menu. After dinner, reward yourself with a large selection of cocktails at panoramic bar or go down to the entrance for the squid fishing. DAY 2: LAN HA BAY – VIET HAI VILLAGE IN CAT BA ISLAND (B/L/D) If you do not want to go with the Day Boat you can stay on cruise. The itinerary might be changed with notice by the Cruise Manager or the Captain if the weather is not good. 05:30 – 06:00 Wake up early for the sunrise 06:30 Early morning sun risers can enjoy Tai Chi session on the sundeck. Tai Chi helps focus the mind and condition the body. 07:00 Joining breakfast in a panorama view of the world heritage site. 08:30 – 09:00 The Day Boat coming to pick you up at Cruise and cruising along with Lan Ha Bay. 10:00 Transfer you to Cat Ba island and there you can do cycling through Viet Hai Village in Cat Ba national park, discover local people life 12:00 Enjoy the lunch with beautiful view on the Day Boat. 13:15 Kayaking around small fishing village 15:00 Swimming in the sea-green water in Lan Ha Bay. Say goodbye to the crews and come back to main cruise. 17:30 You are invited to Sunset party (we serve you local wine, some fruits) 18:00 You take part in cooking demonstration – deep fried spring rolls or fresh summer rolls. Dinner is served. After dinner, you will have time for rest, drink, listen to music or take some massage to refresh the body also ideal. DAY 3: LAN HA BAY – HALONG BAY – HANOI (B/L) 05:30 – 06:00 Wake up early for the sunrise 06:30 Enjoy Tai Chi session on the sundeck 07:00 Have breakfast with the morning view of bay’s landscape. 08:00 You will go to visit the Dark & Bright Water Cave by the tender to the small floating house and there you can have opportunity to explore the cave on local bamboo boat rowed by the locals. 09:15 – 09:30 Come back to Cruise and pack your luggage. 09:45 Check-out of your room, returns the room key. 10:15 Brunch is served. 11:30 Leaving to the cruise. 11:45 – 12:00 Return to Hanoi by comfortable air-con shuttle bus 15:00 Will arrived Hanoi

From Hanoi: 2-Day Sapa Trekking Tour with Limousine Transfer

7. From Hanoi: 2-Day Sapa Trekking Tour with Limousine Transfer

Day 1: Hanoi – Sapa (Lunch) Start with pickup from your hotel in the Old Quarter of Hanoi and depart for Sapa. Follow the highway to Lao Cai city where you will make your first stop for breakfast by yourself. Stop off at Lao Cai city before arriving in Sapa, where you'll see the colorful traditional costumes of H’mong, Dzao, and Tay People. Here enjoy a lunch of local Vietnamese dishes at the hotel. Take a short trek to the gate of Cat Cat village, home of the Black H’mong ethnic people and located near the bottom of a deep valley at the foot of Fansipan Peak. A local guide will give you insight into the daily life of the locals. Trek down to the bottom of the valley to the waterfall, where the French built a hydraulic power station. Stop to take photos before walking back uphill to meet the bus. The trek is approximately 2.5 kilometers and lasts for 2 hours. In the evening, return to Sapa Town, where you can enjoy your evening at your leisure. Stay overnight in Sapa Lodge/Charm Sapa Hotel or similar. Day 2: Sapa – Hanoi (Breakfast/Lunch) Have breakfast at your hotel and prepare a light pack for trekking. You can keep your luggage in storage at the reception. Take a Trek to Lao Chai Village through the rice terraces and along Muong Hoa Streams to the Black Hmong village of Lao Chai.  See the spectacular landscape of Hoang Lien Son Mountain before heading to Ta Van village, home of the Dzay People. The trek takes around 3.5 hours and covers about 9-12 kilometers. The tour guide will make the best itinerary for the trek depending on your ability of trekking. The bus will pick you up at Ta Van Bridge to take you back to the center of Sapa. Take a break at the hotel and have lunch, before enjoying some time to explore at your own leisure. After some free time, meet the rest of your group at the hotel to prepare for your return to Hanoi. Get back on the bus around 2:30 PM to go back to Hanoi. During the journey, stop for a break. Arrive back at your accommodation in Hanoi in the late evening at about 9:00 PM.

Hanoi: 2-Day Ha Long Bay 5-Star Cruise Tour with Activities

8. Hanoi: 2-Day Ha Long Bay 5-Star Cruise Tour with Activities

Day 1: Ha Long Bay and Kayaking Start with pickup from your hotel in Hanoi. From there you will drive through the green fields on the Red River Delta to Ha Long City. Once having arrived at the harbor, you will check in for your cruise on the Ha Long, which will begin with a welcome drink and cruise briefing. Enjoy lunch while cruising to Ha Long Bay. Explore the Eo Ech area where you can do some kayaking around limestone islets or some swimming in the sea. Enjoy a picturesque sunset on the sundeck for watching the sunset. Enjoy Happy Hour on board with some cakes and fruit. Watch a cooking demonstration, and have the chef help you prepare Vietnamese spring rolls. Enjoy a seafood set menu onboard. Then make your way to the bar with a large selection of cocktails. Or choose to take part in some onboard activities: squid fishing, or simply relax in your cabin for the night. Day 2: Dark Cave and Bright Cave Watch the sunrise with a Tai Chi session on the sundeck. Enjoy a light breakfast before setting off exploring. Visit the beautiful Dark Cave and Bright Cave on a local bamboo boat or by kayaking to the caves. If you prefer, visit the Ba Trai Dao beaches and enjoy a relaxing day kayaking or swimming. Arrive at the picturesque lagoon, surrounded by magnificent mountains. Upon return to the boat, tuck into a buffet brunch. Return to shore, and be transferred back to Hanoi.

Ha Long - Bai Tu Long Bay 2-day Cruise & Activities

9. Ha Long - Bai Tu Long Bay 2-day Cruise & Activities

Day 1: You'll be picked up from your hotel in Hanoi at 8:00-8:30 AM Drive to Ha Long City through the green fields of the Red River Delta. Stopover on the way for a refreshment break. You'll embark at Ha Long wharf and there will be some time for a break and photography. Enjoy a welcoming drink on board as well as a cruise briefing. Have some lunch while cruising to Bai Tu Long Bay, admiring the fascinating rock formations along the way. Transfer to Thien Canh Son Cave. The tour guide will take you to a huge cave with many interesting stalactite and stalagmite formations. After about half an hour visiting, you will go back to the boat by tender. Then, return to the cruise vessel for some leisure time. You'll also have half an hour for kayaking to discover the Bai Tu Long Bay landscape. After you return to the boat, join a cooking class with the onboard chef. A Vietnamese style set dinner is served on board. Take some time to enjoy chatting at the bar or enjoy some night fishing. Stay overnight on the boat. Day 2: Have some breakfast at around 7:30 AM and enjoy the sunrise on the bay. Visit the Cong Do & Cap La areas by kayaking. You'll not only be immersed in the quiet and peaceful atmosphere of the this area, but, on your way, also be surrounded by the rocky mountains in a small bamboo boat as you go to and from the Cong Do & Cap La. When it's time to check out, pack your luggage and check out and enjoy a fantastic cruise on the bay. Have lunch while cruising back through Ha Long Bay to the pier. Disembark at Ha Long wharf and say goodbye to the crew. Return from Ha Long to Hanoi with a short stopover on the way for a refreshment break before you arrive.

From Sapa: Waterfalls, Trekking and Tribal Villages Tour

10. From Sapa: Waterfalls, Trekking and Tribal Villages Tour

After meeting your local guide and driver, head about 30 minutes out of Sapa Town to visit the Silver Waterfall, Love Waterfall and Tram Ton Pass. Explore the area before leaving for the traditional village of Ban Khoan. From there, begin your trek. The trek, about 4 hours and 15 kilometers (9.3 miles), takes you along mountain trails and through remote tribal villages. Enjoy amazing views of the surrounding rice paddies, and take plenty of photos as you learn about the unique cultures of the Hmong and Red Dzao people. Take a break for a picnic lunch before continuing the trek to the home of the Red Dzao tribe in Ta Phin Village. In the afternoon, meet your driver to begin the 30-minute transfer back to Sapa.

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What people are saying about Northern Vietnam

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 496 reviews

Nice tour, and great service from the Cruse staff and also the booking assistant from Get Your Guide, Hanna has incredible timing contacting me at the key moments of the travel, asking me how is everything going, taking care about every detail (pick up time, drop off time, driver plates, etc etc). My vacations with my family were just amazing and all this coordination helped a lot. Don’t forget get Dongs, that was my mistake, if you miss this they do accept US dollar SOMETIMES, and if they take it, they will do at a very high exchange rate.

The excursion is very complete and nothing commercial. They pick you up at the hotel at the indicated time and make your life easier throughout the day. The spectacular sites visited, the quality of the food and the amount of luxury. They are in no hurry to release you. The guide, without being excellent, was very good, he even recommended things to do in Hanoi and got us a taxi to the airport at a very good price. Highly recommended.

this was an excellent experience the rooms were excellent. staff friendly really enjoyed the tai chi session in the morning

Chao was a very nice guide and shared with us a lot about the Black Hmong culture. Very interesting trek

Amazing cruise. Staff always smiling and eager to please. Their English was very good