So I was a bit quiet on my blog for a few days, as we went to visit Northern Vietnam for over a week. It was fantastic, and it made me realise how Chengdu lacks a lot of visible culture. In North Vietnam, there is culture everywhere!
Hanoi; 2 nights
Halong Bay: 3 night cruise
Tam Coc 3 nights
Hanoi: 2 nights
Below is a visualisation of our trip. From Hanoi to Halong Bay took around 4 hours. From Halong Bay to Tam Coc (close to the town of Ninh Binh) took around 5 hours. Then from Tam Coc back to Hanoi took about 2 hours. It’s much shorter because it’s motorway all the way. We took buses to go to each place.
It’s very easy to organise a bus to go to each of these places. Because we were going on a cruise in Halong Bay, the company organised a private van to pick us up at our hostel in Hanoi, but I’m 100% sure you can organise how to go by bus.
Then from Halong Bay, an employee from the cruise boat organised for us to get a bus to Tam Coc. We were supposed to leave at 1pm, but then the bus had to go and pick up other people, so definitely take this into account when using these. They won’t leave on time!
Then from Tam Coc, our lovely hostel ordered a bus for us to Hanoi again. So don’t worry about transportation. People at your hotel/ hostel will help you organise it for you!
Because we only had over a week, we decided just to stay in Northern Vietnam. I also like the fact that our trip didn’t consist of a whole day of travelling and what not. These places are quite close together, so if you don’t have a lot of time, I would suggest you to visit these places.
Even the journey to them had incredible scenery! So you won’t be bored when travelling!