Never been to Northern Vietnam before? Vietnam tailor-made tours will help you fulfill your dream with a 5-day-trip in May to 3 most fascinating destinations. Let’s start!

1. Cat Ba Island

Cat Ba Island

Cat Ba Island

How to get there?

You should not miss Cat Ba Island when traveling to Vietnam in April and May. However, they are in tourist seasons so the island is often very crowded at weekends. If you want to enjoy a real holiday, visiting Cat Ba on weekdays will be the best option. There are many ways for you to get there, including by private vehicle, motor coach, or train.

If you take a private vehicle, you will need about 3 hours driving from Hanoi and 1 hour traveling on a ferry-boat. In case you use motor coaches, you should buy tickets Luong Yen Station, which take about 200,000 dongs/person ($8.78). Finally, if you choose to travel by train, you can go to Hai Phong City first and catch a high-speed boat later.

Where to go and what to do?

During 2 days staying on Cat Ba Island, you will definitely love sea-bathing the most. In fact, most travelers come to the island in summer for sea-bathing. Located about 1 kilometer from the city center, Cat Co 1 and 2 are the most attractive beaches. They have clear and extremely clean water.

Lan Ha Bay is also a destination that you should go when visiting Cat Ba Island. You will have a chance to see the famous Cai Beo fishing village, where over 200 residents are living on floating houses. It has been researched by numerous scientists in order to find out its long-term history.

In case you want to have something more relaxing, taking a trip to Monkey Island, Cat Ba National Park, or riding bicycles along the beach will be some great ideas.

2. Dien Bien Province

Dien Bien war remnants

Dien Bien war remnants

How to get there?

Dien Bien Province is always a familiar destination in tailor-made tours in Vietnam. Because you cannot get there from Cat Ba Island, getting on the earliest high-speed boat ride back to Hai Phong City, which starts at 6 am, is an optimal choice. Then, you can choose between motorcycles and motor coaches for your next journey.

Hai Phong City is about 450 kilometers far from Dien Bien Province so it will take about 6 hours if you travel by motor coach. And in case you rent a motorcycle, you are going to need 9 hours on the road. Both ways require you to drive along Highway 5 to get to Dien Bien.

Where to go and what to do?

If you have a great passion for Vietnam history, Dien Bien will be just a perfect spot for you to visit. Relating to the famous battle of Dien Bien Phu in 1954, Dien Bien Province today has become a favorite place of countless tourists in Vietnam.

The first destination that you should come right after you arrive in the city is Dien Bien Phu War Remnants. It is one of the historical relic complexes where the remnants of the Vietnam War against France still remain. The most prominent vestiges are Hill A1, C2, C1, D1, Isabel Entrenched Fortification, Beatrice Strongpoint, Independent Hill, and De Castries Bunker.

 Then, on the morning of the next day, you can join in a market day in Dien Bien. It carries the most exclusive cultural traits of citizens in mountainous areas. In market days in Tua Chua Town, you will not have to come across rude sellers inviting with insistence. Instead, the sellers here, who wear colorful traditional costumes, are extremely friendly and open.

3. Yen Bai Province

Yen Bai in may

Yen Bai in may

How to get there?

The last destination in this tour that can tell you where to go in Vietnam is Yen Bai Province. There is hardly any train or motor coach from Dien Bien to Yen Bai. So you have to use your private vehicles or book a motor coach ticket or a tour in advance.

If you have a private car or motorcycle, following Highway 32 through Mu Cang Chai Town is the best way to get to Yen Bai. On the other hand, if you want to travel by a motor coach, websites such as vetaugiare24h.com or cungphuot.info will be the places that you need for booking tickets. 

Where to go and what to do?

There are two seasons in which Yen Bai looks the most magnificent. The first is from September to October when rice fields start ripening. And the second is from May to June when the locals begin farming their only crop in a year. At this time, the terraced fields are full of water, sparkling under the sun and making the most attractive scenery that you can see only once in a year.

That is one of the initial things which you can experience when visiting Yen Bai. For the best view, you should stand on Khau Pha Mountain Pass. Not only will it give you spectacular pictures of terraced fields but it will also allow you to observe impressive landscapes. In case you have some more time, don’t hesitate to visit Pu Nhu Waterfall, Thac Ba Lake, and villages.

They are the most beautiful destinations, recommended by tourists around the world. And they will make your Vietnam tailor made tours in 5 days more complete.