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Northern Vietnam

Northern Vietnam gets fewer visitors than Ho Chi Minh City and the coastal cities in the south, but it's full of culture. Historically, and to this day, it has been significantly poorer than the southern part of the country.

Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, and also its second largest city, is a fascinating blend of East and West, with Chinese influence from centuries of dominance, and French je ne sais quoi from its colonial past.

Ha Long Bay is in northern Vietnam, 170 km east of Hanoi. The bay is famous for its scenic ocean karst topography and is often included on lists of natural wonders of the world, including the UNESCO World Heritage list.

Sa Pa is a town in a beautiful, mountainous region of northern Vietnam on the border with China.

Cao Bằng is the capital of Cao Bằng province in northern Vietnam.

Ninh Binh is the capital of Ninh Binh Province in North Vietnam, famous for the nearby karst scenery and the village of Tam Coc.

Ba Be National Park is in Bắc Kạn Province, Northern Vietnam. Both spring and winter are the best times to visit Ba Be Lake.

Haiphong is Vietnam's third largest city, a port near Hanoi.

Cat Ba is an island in the Cat Ba Archipelago of Vietnam's Ha Long Bay.

Dien Bien Phu is a small town in northwestern Vietnam.

Bắc Hà is a town in north-western Vietnam, on the border with the town of Hekou in Yunnan, China.

Lao Cai is a town in northern Vietnam. It is on the border with China, adjacent to Hekou.

Halong City is a town on the northern side of the Ha Long Bay Archipelago of Vietnam.

Cổ Loa is a modern day town and ancient former capital of Northern Vietnam, slightly Northeast of the current capital of Hanoi.

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