What comes to your mind when you heard about Vietnam? Probably, the Ha Long Bay. Because it’s a popular travel destination in Quang Ninh Province and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Well, you might be thinking that way, but let me share with you other best places you can go after Ha Long. Vietnam is not just about Ha Long Bay, it has a lot to offer when it comes to their natural sights and you’ll be surprised. 😊
Starting off with:
- Yen Tu, Uong Bi
Have you heard about this place? Yen Tu, Uong Bi. I bet not, right? It’s not that famous in Vietnam compared to other well-known destinations like Ninh Binh and Sapa.
“Tranquility at its finest.” That’s how I describe this off the beaten path destination here in Quang Ninh province. You heard it right. Yen Tu is just a few kilometers away from the Ha Long Bay in the same province of Quang Ninh. It is also a place of pilgrimage for Buddhists.
If you’re looking for a place close to nature and want to avoid the crowd, you better try this hidden gem.
2. Ba Vi, Hanoi
The next destination is Ba Vi. It’s just an hour away from the west of Hanoi city center. Ba Vi is known for its national park and mountain range. Since it’s located near the city it’s a perfect option for a day tour. A quite new tourist attraction but considered as one of the most first-rate natural areas in Vietnam.
The park is home to a very diverse range of flora and fauna. And definitely a must-try destination to visit in Hanoi.
You can ride on bus 71 or 74 from My Dinh Bus Station going to the last stop Xuan Khanh which is 5 kilometers away from the Ba Vi National Park. It’s either you can ride a motorbike or taxi from there or you can walk. 😊
Got curious with this place? Read this article to know more.
3. Ninh Binh
The dwelling place of Vietnam’s largest Buddhist worshipping complex which is the Bai Dinh Temple. Ninh Binh is a province famous for natural, ecological, and historical attractions.
First, Natural, like the Trang An Grottoes, Tam Coc-Bich Dong, Dich Long Cave, and Mua Caves.
Second, Ecological sights, like Cuc Phuong National Park where you can see an ancient inhabited cave and the conserved wetland area of Van Long.
Lastly, the historical attractions, like the Bai Dinh Temple, Ban Long Pagoda, Hoa Lu Citadel, Phat Diem Cathedral, and a lot more. Read this article to know more about Ninh Binh.
Note: Unfortunately, The Kong Skull Island was removed on the current tours and no longer available since September 2019. (source: Ninh Binh Authorities)
Sapa is the home of the highest mountain in the country, the Fansipan Mountain, with a height of 3,143 masl. Located in the Northwest region of Vietnam.
The rice terraces carpeting the slopes of the mountain range shows the important connection between the minority people and nature. It is subdivided into 10 rural communes, 6 wards, and 16-commune-level subdivisions.
Sapa has a temperate climate during winter time from December to February, make sure to bring your warm clothes by this time as it can get quite colder at night. On the other hand, it has subtropical weather in the summer from June to August. It is my favorite destination so far because of the weather and laid-back vibe. Read this article to know more about SAPA.
I know I still have a lot of magnificent places to discover in this beautiful country of Vietnam but that’s it for now, as those are the places I’ve been to so far. I’ll keep this article up to date every time I explore a new awesome destination here. Stay tuned and don’t forget to follow my journey. 😉