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Northern Vietnam Holidays

Widely considered to be the cradle of Vietnamese civilisation, northern Vietnam is the location of the nation’s capital city and home to a whole host of important historical and cultural attractions. The north of Vietnam is an incredibly diverse region of enchanting coastal karst scenery and towering mountain peaks, remote minority villages and bustling modern cities, emerald-green rice terraces and serpentine rivers. This beguiling blend of the old and new is best experienced in stylish Hanoi with its tree-lined boulevards and aging colonial homes. Hanoi is ideally combined with iconic Ha Long Bay or, lesser visited but equally as beautiful, Lan Ha Bay to experience the spectacular karst landscapes. It is also now possible to link Hanoi and Ha Long Bay with an extended cruise on the Red River. In contrast, the sparsely populated mountainous regions to the north of Hanoi offer a fascinating contrast to the lowland plains. This remote region is home to numerous minority groups and illustrates Vietnam’s great cultural diversity. Travel by train to Sapa and drive via the historic battlefield of Dien Bien Phu to Mai Chau or see the rice terraces at Hoang Su Phi and wonderful Sunday markets in the villages surrounding Ha Giang. Pettitts Travel specialises in providing bespoke tailor-made holidays to Vietnam and tours to northern Vietnam.

Holiday Ideas for Northern Vietnam

A Culinary Journey through Vietnam

13 days from
£3335 per person


Central Vietnam and the Ho Chi Minh Trail

17 days from
£3220 per person


Classic Vietnam - Land of the Ascending Dragon

15 days from
£3160 per person


Cruising Ha Long Bay and Vietnam's Red River

15 days from
£4800 per person


Discover Rural North Vietnam

16 days from
£4370 per person


Essential Vietnam and Cambodia

16 days from
£3975 per person


Ha Giang and the North East of Vietnam

15 days from
£3100 per person


The Best of Indochina

21 days from
£6500 per person


When to visit Northern-Vietnam

Best Times
Good Times

The weather in northern Vietnam follows a diverse and distinct weather pattern that is influenced by the region's geographical features and monsoon climate. The weather can be broadly divided into two main seasons – the dry season and the rainy season. The dry season in runs from October to April and this period, with a few considerations is generally the best time to visit the region. Temperatures on the whole are cooler and average 17°C to 22°C, humidity is low, days are sunny and there is little chance of rainfall. However, it is worth noting that from December to February there can be very cold days – particularly in the mountains – which is why, if possible, March to April or September to November are the ideal times to visit. The rainy season, on the other hand, runs from May to September and peaks in July and August. Heavy rainfall and occasional tropical storms are common during this time and humidity can quite oppressive although landscapes will be lush and green as a result. Temperatures will also be considerably higher than during the dry season.

What is a Tailor-Made Holiday?

We create a holiday tailored to your specific requirements, including:

  • When you go
  • Duration
  • Time spent in each place
  • How much you want to spend

We offer our experience and knowledge to help create your perfect, tailor-made itinerary

What to do in Northern Vietnam

The cultural, economic and cultural hub of northern Vietnam, the national capital Hanoi is sandwiched between the high mountains that border neighbouring China and Laos and the lush, low-lying areas to the east characterised by rich agricultural land and dramatic karst scenery. Lining the western bank of the Red River, Hanoi is a charming, though largely traditional, city of low-rise homes, tree-lined streets, ancient temples and parks. The bustling old quarter of the city with its shuttered buildings retains its Gallic flair and, along with Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the former Presidential Palace, One Pillar Pagoda and the Confucian Temple of Literature are key places to visit. From Hanoi most travellers head to the coast and board a boat for a one or two night exploration of the islets, caves and floating villages of Ha Long Bay or neighbouring Lan Ha Bay. For those wishing to see similar scenery but in an area less-visited, Ninh Binh is also an excellent option. The mountains to the north of Hanoi offer a completely different environment to the rest of Vietnam. Discover remote hill tribe villages and small farming communities, the battlefield of Dien Bien Phu, colonial Sapa, spectacular rice terrace scenery and colourful weekend markets.

Places in Northern Vietnam

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