Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, adventure seeker, or cultural explorer, exploring Vietnam is the best way to indulge in a perfect blend of outdoor experiences, cultural encounters, and memorable sights. If an utmost adventure is what your wanderous soul yearns for, read on and join us on this extraordinary journey, let the untouched beauty of North Vietnam leave an indelible mark on your soul. Get ready for an unforgettable North Vietnam itinerary 10 days that will awaken your senses and create memories to last a lifetime.
10 days in Northern Vietnam – your ultimate Vietnam itinerary
Let us walk through a detailed ultimate North Vietnam 10 day itinerary together and give you some best ideas for where to go and what to do.
Day 1: Hanoi
Upon your arrival at Noi Bai International Airport, you’ll be greeted by the warm hospitality of Vietnam. After completing immigration procedures, you’ll be whisked away to your hotel in Hanoi.
From tranquil lakes to bustling street corners, Hanoi will enchant you with its distinct blend of tradition and modernity – which made it the best location to start your 10 days North Vietnam itinerary. Your time in this captivating city will set the stage for an unforgettable North Vietnam adventure.
Day 2: Hanoi
On the second day of your adventure, get ready for an exhilarating motorbike tour of Hanoi on vintage Minsk bikes. Our experienced drivers will ensure your safety by providing a thorough briefing on traffic rules.
Prepare to explore the authentic side of Hanoi as we take you through local neighborhoods, bustling markets, and even the black market, offering a glimpse into the daily lives of the locals. Experience the true essence of our elegant capital, embracing its unique blend of beauty and imperfections. You’ll visit iconic landmarks including Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Tran Quoc temples, the French Quarter, Hanoi Old Quarter, picturesque lakes, and the famous Long Bien Bridge. Capture these cherished moments with your camera.
Later, escape the city’s hustle and bustle as we venture to peaceful villages and floating communities along the Red River. Indulge in the finest local cuisine at authentic restaurants, tasting Hanoi’s most delectable dishes. Rest and recharge for tomorrow’s journey. Overnight in Hanoi, cherishing the memories made.
Day 3: Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Hanoi
Start your day early with a delightful breakfast and steaming cup of coffee at the hotel. Meet your guide and driver for a journey to Ninh Binh, renowned for its stunning Karst scenery in Southeast Asia. After a two-hour drive, arrive at Hoa Lu, Vietnam’s ancient capital, where you’ll explore the impressive temples of King Dinh and King Le.
Next, visit the mesmerizing Mua Cave. Conquer its summit for a breathtaking 360-degree view of the karst landscape, often referred to as the “Ha Long Bay on land.” Marvel at towering mountains, lush green fields, and a meandering river that gracefully winds through the karst ranges.
Indulge in a delicious lunch featuring Ninh Binh’s specialty, goat meat, known for its firm texture and aromatic flavor. In the afternoon, embark on a scenic boat ride along the peaceful Ngo Dong River, passing through three caves and picturesque gorges. Take in the serene beauty of rice paddies and limestone formations.
Back on land, enjoy a leisurely bike ride along a flat, scenic path, perfect for all ages. Observe farmers tending to their buffalo in the fields and immerse yourself in the tranquil ambiance of the Northern countryside.
As the day comes to an end, bid farewell to Ninh Binh and return to Hanoi for a restful overnight stay, cherishing the memories of an eventful day.
Day 4: Hanoi – Ha Giang – Yen Minh
Embark on an enchanting journey to Ha Giang, known for its scenic landscapes and vibrant traditions. A private car and knowledgeable tour guide will pick you up from your hotel, venturing towards the land of Snowshan tea, honey wine, and captivating cultural experiences. Along the way, indulge in the breathtaking views of the Northeastern mountains and forests, stopping to savor a delicious breakfast.
Upon reaching Ha Giang, check-in at Milestone 0 km, a landmark symbolizing the connection between Ha Giang and Hanoi. Capture the moment with memorable photos before proceeding to Quan Ba, where the Twin Mountain awaits, showcasing the wonders of nature’s artistry. Discover the legends surrounding this mystical mountain while enjoying a delectable lunch. The journey continues to the picturesque Yen Minh pine forest, offering a captivating landscape to explore and photograph.
Arriving in Yen Minh Town, check-in to your comfortable hotel, followed by a delightful dinner. Take the opportunity to immerse yourself in the enchanting charm of Yen Minh at night. Rest and rejuvenate for the next day’s adventures in this beautiful region.
Day 5: Yen Minh – Dong Van – Lung Cu Flag Tower – Ma Pi Leng Pass- Nho Que River & Tu San Alley.
After a delicious breakfast, embark on a captivating journey in Dong Van. If it’s a Sunday, immerse yourself in the vibrant Dong Van Market, where local minority people showcase their fascinating handmade goods. On other days, explore the daily market and delve into the rich trading culture. Traverse breathtaking mountain capes and traverse stunning passes, discovering the awe-inspiring Dong Van Rock Plateau and its unique specialties. Step into the palace of the formidable Vuong Family, gaining insight into Hmong Royal life of the past.
Enjoy a delectable lunch at a local restaurant before continuing your adventure to Lung Cu Flag Tower, the country’s first landmark. Capture memorable photos and admire the picturesque landscape of terraced fields and the charming homes of the Lo Lo ethnic group in Seo Lung village below. Experience the sheer magnificence of Ma Pi Leng Pass and the Nho Que River, as you embark on a boat journey along the mountainside. The tranquil river winds its way through the awe-inspiring geological wonders of Tu San Alley and Ma Pi Leng Pass, creating a scene that is both enchanting and poetic.
Return to the hotel for check-in, and in the evening, savor a delightful dinner at a local restaurant. Indulge in the flavors of Dong Van’s old town cuisine and immerse yourself in its vibrant night ambiance.
Day 6: Dong Van – Hanoi
Indulge in a delightful breakfast and immerse yourself in the vibrant ethnic culture at Dong Van Market, where unique and fascinating ethnic items await. Return to your hotel to check out before embarking on your journey back to Hanoi. Enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant as you make your way through a scenic 6-hour drive, relishing the awe-inspiring beauty of the majestic mountains.
Rest and recharge for the night in Hanoi, as you prepare for the next leg of your adventure in this captivating city. Explore the enchanting streets, savor the local cuisine, and soak up the charming atmosphere that Hanoi has to offer. Your overnight stay in Hanoi sets the stage for more unforgettable experiences on your journey through Vietnam.
Day 7: Hanoi – Lan Ha Bay
Lan Ha Bay, a tranquil extension of Halong Bay, enchants with its limestone outcrops veiled in verdant foliage, emerging from the serene emerald waters. As your boat glides across the glassy surface, the islets’ shapes and shadows shift, revealing the ethereal beauty of this watery paradise.
With fewer crowds than its neighbor, Lan Ha offers a more serene experience. Explore secluded bays, white sand beaches, and floating villages as you navigate through the islands. Delve into caves, cycle on islands, and embrace the pristine waters for swimming and kayaking. Your boat becomes a cozy haven, providing an enchanting retreat where witnessing the sunrise and sunset over the glistening waters becomes pure magic.
Overnight on board, let Lan Ha Bay become your captivating home away from home.
Day 8: Lan Ha Bay – Hanoi
As the morning sun casts its warm glow upon the serene sea and towering karsts, a captivating scene unfolds. The enticing aroma of freshly brewed coffee fills the air, invigorating your senses. The cruise gracefully sails through the breathtaking landscapes of the bay, revealing its mesmerizing beauty. Your destination: Viet Hai, a hidden gem untouched by industrial development, nestled on the eastern side of Cat Ba Island.
This charming fishing village, home to around 300 residents, retains its authentic Vietnamese essence within the confines of Cat Ba National Park. Immerse yourself in the local way of life as you engage in activities like tree-planting, witnessing the art of wine fermentation, fishing, and experiencing animal farming. Disembark from the cruise and choose between a bicycle or electric buggy to explore the village, a delightful journey lasting one to two hours.
Viet Hai offers a truly unique and immersive encounter, allowing you to connect with the local culture and embrace the unspoiled beauty of this enchanting corner of Vietnam.
In the late afternoon, return to Hanoi for a relaxing evening.
Day 9: Hanoi – Bat Trang
Start your journey on a captivating day tour to Bat Trang, a traditional pottery village near Hanoi, Vietnam. Immerse yourself in the artistry and craftsmanship of the local artisans as you witness the centuries-old tradition of pottery-making. Take a leisurely stroll through the village’s charming streets, lined with pottery shops and workshops. Engage in hands-on experiences, such as shaping clay and painting pottery under the guidance of skilled artisans. Discover the intricate techniques and unique designs that have made Bat Trang ceramics famous worldwide. Indulge in the vibrant atmosphere, shop for exquisite ceramic pieces, and create lasting memories of this cultural excursion.
In the evening, explore the bustling Hanoi night market, a haven for shopaholics and food enthusiasts. Sample delicious street food, browse through an array of local products, and soak in the lively atmosphere. Head back to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 10: Hanoi
After a leisurely morning enjoying breakfast and discovering more of the city, take advantage of the opportunity to pick up some unique souvenirs for your loved ones as you wander through the charming streets of the old quarter.
Afterward, bid farewell to Duong Lam as you make your way to Noi Bai International Airport for your departure, cherishing the memories of your authentic village experience as you say goodbye to Vietnam. marking the end of your 10 days in Northern Vietnam.
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From the vibrant capital city of Hanoi to the majestic mountains of Ha Giang, and from the stunning karst formations of Halong Bay to the serene beauty of Ninh Binh, this North Vietnam itinerary 10 days is designed to immerse you in the unspoiled wonders of North Vietnam. If you have just a shorter amount of time but still don’t want to miss any of these amazing experience, check out Viland Travel’s “North Vietnam: Explore breathtaking landscapes in 8 days”. Viland travel can customize your trip to your needs and length of stay to make sure you have a fulfilling vacation without any hassle. From comfortable accommodations to thoughtfully planned itineraries, every detail is taken care of.
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