AT#548 – Travel to Northern Vietnam

Travel to Northern Vietnam - What to Do, See and Eat (podcast)

Hear about travel to Northern Vietnam as the Amateur Traveler talks to Cindy Carlsson about her trip to some popular sites and some way off the beaten track places.

Cindy says, “Northern Vietnam is really amazing. It has a little bit of everything. There’s great scenery, fabulous mountain scenery. There’s beaches. Like the rest of Vietnam, it has interesting history. It has a phenomenal cultural history. It has great food. It has super friendly people and it’s really authentic. A lot of ethnic minorities got it moved into the area. In some parts of the north eighty percent of population is not ethnic Vietnamese, so it’s really interesting.”

Cindy takes us on a virtual tour starting near the old North Vietnam and South Vietnam border at Da Nang. We visit UNESCO world heritage sites at Hoi An and the old Imperial city of Hue. Well much of Da Nang is being covered with all inclusive resorts for the Chinese visitors, there are still beautiful beaches and the rich history from the Cham people in the area.

We make a quick stop in Hanoi, and make mention of the beauty of Ha Long Bay and the challenge it is to visit it now that it is a popular day trip destination.

Then we head north towards the Vietnam, China border where you can go trekking into hill villages of the ethnic Hmong and Yao peoples. This is the part of the country that captured Cindy imagination, who is a photographer and fan of beautiful textiles. This is an area of water buffalo and rice terraces, of karst mountains and colorful markets. You will want to get the iTunes enhanced version of this episode to enjoy Cindy’s photos.

Come explore a side of Vietnam you may not already have heard of.

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Show Notes

Travel to Vietnam – Episode 76

Travel to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam – Episode 374

Hội An

Imperial City, Huế


Lào Cai

Sa Pa

Hà Giang Province

Hạ Long Bay

Halong Bay tours

Thang Long Water Puppet Theater

Tràng An Scenic Landscape Complex


Mỹ Sơn

Vietnam War

Military history of Vietnam


Museum of Cham Sculpture (Danang)

Hmong people

Yao people

Ho Chi Minh

EXO Travel (formerly known as Exotissimo)

Bac Ha Market

Dong Van Karst Plateau

Vietnam UNESCO sites

Travel to Guizhou China – Episode 499

Cindy Carlsson’s Vietnam 2015 Itinerary


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Travel to Northern Vietnam - What to Do, See and Eat (podcast)

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