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Suggestions for a short spring trip in Northern Vietnam

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The trip is for visitors departing from Hanoi, in 3 or 4 days, suitable for families on short trips with these journeys also suitable for traveling by car.

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See early season plum blossoms in Moc Chau and mountainous provinces


Ha Giang Spring. Photo: Le Viet Khanh


The beginning of the year is a beautiful time in Moc Chau when plum blossoms begin to bloom white. Depending on the weather, there are five flowers blooming on the 1st or 2nd of Tet, ideal for spring trips. Plum blossoms and plum blossoms usually last about 2-3 weeks, so visitors have enough time to find the most suitable departure time. The distance from Hanoi to Moc Chau is 180 km, it takes about 4-5 hours to move depending on traffic conditions. In Moc Chau, visitors have to travel more stages to reach prominent tourist destinations.


Moc Chau. Photo: Sang Sang


Some places not to be missed in Moc Chau: Na Ka plum valley, Heart tea hill, Ban Ang pine forest, world record glass bridge.


Cuisine: Moc Chau salmon and sturgeon, deep-fried spring fish, cat vegetables, calf colander, stone snails, dairy dishes.


In addition to Moc Chau, many destinations in the East - Northwest region also attract tourists during Tet holidays such as Ha Giang, Yen Bai - Cao Bang - Bac Kan - Son La - Dien Bien. These journeys can all be experienced in 3-4 days.


Hiking and cloud hunting at famous peaks


Photo:  Nguyen Trong Cung


Winter and spring are usually the most ideal time to hunt clouds in Ta Xùa (Son La), Luo Thun, Y Ty (Lao Cai), Sìn Ho (Lai Chau), Bach Moc Luong Tu (Ky Quan San - Lao Cai), Ta Lead Nhù (Yen Bai), Ngu Chi Son (Lao Cai) and some other peaks.


To ensure safety, visitors should buy a tour, with a guide. Usually the tour is two days and one night, combined with visiting a few local places, so it will last an additional 1-2 days depending on needs. In tours to conquer these peaks, visitors will be able to walk among primeval forests, diverse terrain, streams and waterfalls, with average difficulty. Usually in the evening, the group will sleep at a gathering point "a short distance" from the top (about 30-40 minutes walk) so that early the next morning they can start hunting clouds.


Climbing clouds, visitors need to exercise regularly, exercise their best health to complete the trip, create a milestone for themselves at the beginning of the new year.


Tour price ranges: 3-5 million VND.


Cave tours in Quang Binh


Photo: Oxalis


Quang Binh is famous for many caves, including many tours of 2-3 days (not including travel time) and open at the time of Lunar New Year such as Va cave (2 days one night) of Oxalis Adventure or Hung Thoong cave (3 days 2 nights) and Tiger cave (3 days 2 nights) of Jungle Boss.

These experiential tours are usually all-inclusive (not including the cost of transportation from the starting point). Guests will be provided with a full range of safety protective equipment and meals during the journey. As with climbing trips, visitors need to be prepared for good health and "mentally" away from phone waves, 4-5G, social networks and electronic devices still used every day.


Relaxing experience


Relaxing cruise tour


Photo: Scarlet Pearl Cruises


Cruises on Ha Long Bay (Quang Ninh) or Lan Ha Bay (Hai Phong) are the ideal experience for those who like to relax. The program usually has a choice of 2 days a night or 3 days 2 nights.


Guests can spend two nights on the boat, visit some of the pre-designed spots on the cruise or spend one night on the boat, the other night on the mainland in Ha Long City or Cat Ba island district. Visitors can join yoga, taichi classes or experience kayaking, gentle cycling to visit Viet Hai ancient village, Ba Fruit Dao beach (Lan Ha bay), Ti Top island, Sung Sot cave (Ha Long bay).


Depending on the value of the tour (ranging from 3 to 8 million VND/person), accompanying services and meals will vary. Check out a few highly rated providers such as: Heritage Cruises Binh Chuan, Mon Cheri, Scarlet Pearl, Stellar of the seas, Paradise, Ambassador, Indochine.


Resort and hot mineral bath


Photo:  Serena Resort Kim Boi Hoa Binh


In the North and North Central regions, many places have hot springs such as Thanh Thuy (Phu Tho), Kim Boi (Hoa Binh), My Lam (Tuyen Quang), Tram Tuo (Yen Bai), Ke Ga (Ninh Binh) or onsen areas such as Quang Hanh (Quang Ninh), moving a little further there is Bang Onsen (Quang Binh). However, not all landmarks have comfortable, modern resorts that combine synchronous and closed services.


If you decide to go on vacation, you should choose the following destinations: Serena Resort (Hoa Binh), Ohayo Onsen (Thanh Thuy, Phu Tho), Yoko Onsen Quang Hanh (Quang Ninh) and Bang Onsen (Quang Binh). The rest of the time in addition to hot mineral baths, visitors can combine visiting famous tourist attractions of each locality.


Resort in famous tourist destinations


Photo: Ocean Bay Phu Quoc


Tet is the peak tourist season, so most famous destinations are crowded. However, if you decide to relax and enjoy the service inside high-end resorts and hotels, you can eliminate this worry.


Within 3-4 days, people in need can experience the resort at famous resorts in the North and North Central such as Flamingo Dai Lai resort (Vinh Phuc), Vinpearl Ha Long (Quang Ninh), Sun Spa Resort (Quang Binh), Muong Thanh Luxury (Nghe An), Jade Hill Resort & Spa, Silk Path Grand Resort & Spa, Hotel de la Coupole - MGallery (Sa Pa, Lao Cai), FLC Luxury Hotel Sam Son (Thanh Hoa), Melia Vinpearl Cua Sot Beach Resort (Ha Tinh). Some places have heated swimming pools, health massage services, gyms, yoga classes, allowing guests to rest and relax.


Spiritual Experiences


Ningping. Photo: Shutterstock



Tours on Tet are indispensable for spiritual activities. Spiritual tours are usually not long-term, usually during the day or two days and one night, combined with visiting a few nearby places at the destination. Visitors departing from Hanoi have a number of popular options such as:

- Tam Chuc Pagoda - Fo Guang Temple - Phi Lai Tibetan Temple (Henan).

- Van Long Dam tourist area - Hoa Lu ancient capital - Bai Dinh pagoda - Tam Chuc pagoda (Ninh Binh - Ha Nam).

- Pagoda complex in Yen Tu (Quang Ninh).


According to VNE

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