Vietnam 12 Days Itinerary
During the summer in Vietnam, my family and our friends, along with an 8-year-old buddy, set off on this adventure that ended up being so special for everyone involved.
We chose Northern Vietnam to have an experience with our family and to introduce our young son to the culture, while also gently improving his physical fitness through daily 2-3 hour hikes. We woke up quite early and visited a local waterfall, a place that hasn't seen much tourism yet. You can breathe in the fresh morning air of the village and even immerse yourself in the waterfall stream.
After walking for 10-15 minutes, we reached the waterfall. We visited in the summer of May, so there wasn't a lot of water flowing, but the waterfall's cascading scene is breathtaking in October every year. This waterfall is located in a local village in Ha Giang.
On that day, we continued to enjoy the scenery as we traveled from Ha Giang to Dong Van. Along the way, we made a stop at Tham Ma slope. Here, we admired the landscape and chatted with the local people. My son was very excited to ask about the traditional attire of the people here.
Dong Van is famous for the Quan Ban Sky Gate, the beautiful scenery while passing through Yen Minh, and the traditional "Lanh weaving village" of Lung Tam, where various clothing items and home decor such as cushions and table runners are sold.
There's a place that perhaps not many people visit when they come to Dong Van, yet we still chose it as a hiking destination. It's a small, charming village of the H'Mong ethnic group, where they mainly speak their own language. The picturesque scenery and tranquil, cool atmosphere here made my family and friends want to linger and explore for as long as possible.
The next day was another day of hiking for us, and our destination was the Skypass Ma Pi Leng. There were five of us who enjoyed walking and admiring the scenery here. This was truly a precious experience.
At the end of the hiking trail, we paused and admired the Nho Que River from above. The Nho Que River is quite famous for its boat activities. Based on my practical experience, I realized that there are two piers to choose from for boating. One is relatively crowded, and the other is truly devoid of tourists. Depending on your preference, you can select a suitable departure point.
The following three days, we spent time visiting ancient villages in Cao Bang and exploring local markets in Bao Lac. These places still preserve many distinct cultural aspects of the highland ethnic groups. Our young child had the chance to experience local cuisine and learn about the culture at these highland markets.
Our trip in Northern Vietnam lasted for 7 days, and we spent an additional 2 days in the capital city, Hanoi, which is a tranquil and beautiful city, before continuing to the stunning coastal region of Da Nang.
Speaking of Da Nang, it's a vibrant coastal city that's worth experiencing. If you love the beach, this is the place to be. You can easily find a range of accommodation options, from budget-friendly hotels to luxurious beachfront resorts. From Da Nang, you can also connect to explore surrounding areas like Hoi An Ancient Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the renowned city of Hue, famous for its temples and Imperial history.
I believe that every journey is a wonderful experience for each individual. If you love cuisine, nature, culture, and friendly people, I believe Vietnam should be on your travel list. Thank you.