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Top 10 Northern Vietnam Tour & Holiday Packages 2023

Explore the root of Vietnam through our North Tours promising the deep experience of history, traditional culture, and the beautiful landscape of both the mountain and the sea. See our 10 best trip suggestions for the North of Vietnam below and make your choice for a perfect trip!
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For the great weather and travel experience, the best time to travel the North Vietnam is in the dry season, Spring (March - April) and Autumn (October - November).

For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, you can plan to visit during these months:

  • January - February: Best for flower lovers to witness plum blossom in Moc Chau, cherry blossom in Sapa
  • May - July: Best time to visit Ninh Binh for mesmerizing rice paddies and lotus blooming season
  • Mid-August - September: Best for adventure seekers to trek hidden trails and admire rice terrace season in Sapa & Mu Cang Chai
  • December - January: Best for cruising in Halong Bay and for culture vultures to learn about the Vietnamese Tet Holiday

Looking for more inspiration? Read our rough guide on Best Time to Visit Northern Vietnam.

Generally, you should spend from 5 to 10 days discovering the best of North Vietnam. Of course, the length of tour really depends on available time, weather, and travel styles.

We highly recommend you plan following our detailed suggestions:

  • 5 - 7 days: Don’t miss out on Hanoi and the surroundings like Mai Chau, Halong Bay, and Ninh Binh.
  • 8 - 10 days: A perfect plan to further explore Hanoi capital, spend an extra night on Halong Bay cruise, and add on 1 - 2 nights in Sapa or Ha Giang.
  • Over 10 days: Spend 2 weeks fully discovering the hidden gems in Northwest (Sapa, Yen Bai) and Northeast (Ha Giang, Cao Bang).

Need some advice for your travel timeline? Contact us to tailor-make your own trip.

A 6-day itinerary in northern Vietnam will be the best option for first-time travelers. You can have sufficient time to visit all highlights on a budget from US $399 per pax.

Travel Day Highlights
Day 1

Ninh Binh discovery

  • Join a Tam Coc boat tour
  • Call on Hoa Lu Ancient Capital 
Day 2

Hanoi half-day city tour

  • Learn about cultural quintessence values at Temple of Literature
  • Explore Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Complex
  • Visit Tran Quoc Pagoda and Hanoi West Lake
Day 3 - 4

Sapa trekking trails

  • Uncover hidden routes in Muong Hoa Valley
  • Get an insight into hill tribe communities
Day 5 - 6

Halong Bay overnight cruise

  • Discover limestone caves, floating villages, pristine beaches
  • Enjoy peaceful moments and relaxing activities onboard

On average, the North Vietnam tour prices range from US $65 to US $169 per pax/day since you can save big from getting around by bus, car, and train (not including flight).

For further details, you can choose one of the following classes for the average cost (per pax/day):

  • Budget travelers: US $65 - $122 (Economy Class - 2* to 3* Hotel)
  • Mid-range travelers: US $100 - $131 (First Class - 4* Hotel)
  • Luxury travelers: US $123 - $150 (Deluxe Class - 5* Hotel)
  • Affluent travelers: US $125 - $169 (Private Tour - 2* to 5* Hotel)

Here are BestPrice’s choices for Northern Vietnam Tours in 2023.

North Vietnam Tour Packages Price From (Per Pax)
Best of Northern Vietnam 6 days US $399
Essence of Northern Vietnam 8 days US $522
North Vietnam: Mountain To Beach 12 days US $1390
A Glimpse of North Vietnam 5 days US $339

If you have enough time, both are worth visiting. But if you have to choose one, North Vietnam is best for adventure and culture lovers, while South Vietnam is calling for foodies and history enthusiasts.

Let’s take a quick look at the differences between the North and South.

  North South

Summer avg 33 - 38°C

Winter avg 10 - 19°C

Year-round avg 27 - 30°C

Spectacular mountains

Rice terrace fields

Impressive waterfalls

Majestic bay & caves

Stunning beaches

Scenic waterways

Historical sites

Nightlife spots

Food Diverse cuisine Street food, Fine dining, Michelin-starred
Culture Hill tribes, Ethnic minorities The Khmer, Chinese, Cham

Everything considered, each region has its own charms and beauty. You should make up your mind on preference styles and choose the best time to visit each part of Vietnam.

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I plan to visit Northern Vietnam in Dec, near NYE (22nd - 28th). Which destinations in the North should I travel to? could you suggest to me a suitable package with a detailed itinerary for 7 days?


You can travel to Ninh Binh, Halong, Sapa, Hanoi will suitable with your itinerary

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how is the weather in North Vietnam at the beginning of December? will it be really cold?


The weather will about 10 - 15 celcius degree so with vietnamese is quiet cold

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Hi, I'm confused as there are many tours in North Vietnam, could you recommend me a route that is suitable for first-timers?


If you have time to travel in the North, i wil suggest you should take a 12 days from mountain to the beach tour to enjoy all the main destination in the Norh of Vietnam 

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hello, which activities does Ba Be Lake offer? are they included in the package or do we have to pay extra fee to join these activities?


You will have some activities like trekking, do boat trip, visit group of ethnic village and Ban Gioc waterfall. The fee is depend on your request if you want in tour have these activities or not

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hi, I see that the trip to Mai Chau has a cycling tour around village, but my parents cannot join this as they are all about 60s. do you have any other alternative choice for them?


Yes there is another option for your parent is to take the electric car but there will be surcharge if you want to change to this services

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