It is true that the stunningly beautiful Ha Long Bay is the reasons why tourists around the world are so attracted to Vietnam in the first place. However, Ha Long Bay is not the only tourist attractions offered by Northeast of Vietnam, though perhaps, Ha Long Bay is where you should start your journey though it is not where you should end it. Below is the highlights of Northeast Vietnam you should put in your 2017 travel itinerary.
Floating in Ha Long Bay
Ha Long Bay means “descending dragon bay” is the most popular travel destination in Vietnam and it is also one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The best attraction you could enjoy while in Ha Long Bay is cruising. So, if you are looking for the Ha Long Bay tour service the options are a lot, just choose one that suits your budget best.
Ba Be National Park
Surely you don’t want to spend your time in northeast of Vietnam just cruising around the Ha Long Bay that’s why give Ba Be National Park a visit is a worth journey. The best about Ba Be National Park is the three of lakes which are interlinked to each other. Along with the natural beauty, this park offers you the most amazing trekking and hiking experience while during the night you could stay in one of the traditional house located in one of the 13 etnics villages inside the national park or in the fishing villages by the lake.
Bai Tu Long Bay
Besides Ha Long Bay, Bai Tu Long Bay also posses the same stunningly beauty of limestones but with less cruise service and less tourists. However, you have a better option to explore it, which is by using the small boats you could rent from the locals.
Ban Gioc Waterfall
Ban Gioc waterfall is one of the highlights of Cao Bang province. If you are using a tour service from travel agent, you will not find Cao Bang in your itinerary unless you request it personally. It is because, though it is still under Vietnam flag but the road will lead you directly to China. So, don’t be surprised if you find the mixed of locals cultures with the Chinese culture.
Nguom Ngao Cave
Limestones hill is the main characteristic of Cao Bang province but Nguom Ngao cave is the main reasons why this provide is a worth a visit besides the Ban Gioc waterfall. It is the most spectacular cave system in Vietnam created by the underground river which extend up to the Ban Gioc waterfall. Though you could explore inside the cave with the local guide, but the route to reach Ban Gioc waterfall through the cave is not opened for tourist yet.
Cat Ba Island
For those who love outdoor activities and then Cat Ba island is the place for you. Here, you could do hiking, climbing, kayaking and practically all kinds of outdoor activities you love the most could be done in this island. Furthermore, the beauty of this place will charm you. The best thing of this island so far is, this island is never packed with tourist, so it is a perfect escape plan for you who love to get lost in the island, though not literally.
Well, those places are the highlights of northeast Vietnam. One thing to note is better for you to go exploring by yourself because it’s kind of difficult to find a travel agent that provides you the tour. However, for some activities like cruising and kayaking there are some recommendations of tour operators that are offering kayak and cruis tours for tourist.