What is the best time to visit Vietnam is the question of all tourists when planning the holiday to Vietnam. The general answer is "there is no good or bad season" because Vietnam is a long country dividided into three different regions, the weather and climate vary and there is always somewhere or something nice to see in each region. However, you are planning to visit the north of Vietnam only. The best time to visit is from August and September.
August and September are the best months to travel to the mountainous areas where tourists can see amazing rice terraces and a lot of farming activities during the tour. September is normally dry, no rain as it is harvesting time.
Best places to go
1. Mu Cang Chai is the famous destination for photographers in Vietnam and tourists who come to admire the rice terraces. About 300 km from Hanoi, it takes a full day drive and it is possible to stay at a homestay in a local family to save time for shooting wonderful photos. The ethnic group here is the H'Mong people who are very friendly and kind. A part from the rice terraces, tourists can experience the life and unique culture of this group.
2. Muong Hoa valley in Sapa has long been named as the best destination in Vietnam for trekking through the rice terraces, hunting for great photos and having time to explore picturesque villages of different ethnic groups such as Black H'Mong, Red Dao, Day or Tay. At the time of writing, a Vietnam tour package to Sapa should be included.
3. Y Ty is another district of Lao Cai province and named as the most mystical place or best-kept secrets in Asia offering stunning rice terraces and unexplored villages. From Sapa, tourists can hire a motorbike to get there, but there is no hotel in this place (until now) so it is advised to book a tour to Y Ty via a tour operator who can arrange everything from transportation to accommodation and permission to visit (this place is close to China).
4. Hoang Su Phi is another destination to include in your Vietnam tour package to discover the north of Vietnam in its best time. Famous for high mountains and impressive rice terraces and unique culture and tradition of several ethnic groups, Hoang Su Phi is the place to visit for adventurers. It is very nice to arrange trekking tour here with overnight stay at local family.
The north tour of Vietnam
It seems confusing and difficult for tourists to travel on their own to the little-visited destinations in the north of Vietnam. Therefore, it is a wise decision to book your north Vietnam tour with a local tour operator in Hanoi like Vivutravel who has experience and local knowledge to advise you where to go, what to see and arrange everything to make sure you have nothing to worry about but enjoy your time.
The north Vietnam has a lot more to show tourists and Vivutravel can easily connect other wonderful destination in this Vietnam tour packages such as extension to Ha Giang, Ban Gioc waterfall in Cao Bang, Ba Be lake in Bac Can, Ha Long bay or Tam Coc in Ninh Binh.