Enjoy the retained charm of Northern Vietnamese countryside


The pride of all Vietnamese lies within our charming countryside and there are no better places in the country of over 96 million people to get a truly authentic experience of Vietnamese life than in its villages. These villages, especially those in Northern Vietnam, are pretty small and, as a result, have some of the most quaint, idyllic, and friendliest communities.

If you are planning to visit Vietnam – an agrarian society with the majority of the population living in rural areas and earning their living from farming, raising livestock, and making handicrafts – any time soon, do not miss to explore the beautiful Vietnamese countryside destinations on your Vietnam tours. You can enjoy everything that each of these top countryside places in Vietnam has to offer you.

The charming beauty of Northern Vietnamese countryside


Northern Vietnam countryside

The picturesque villages within Northern Vietnam are painted with alleys paved with bricks, a bamboo hedge, several gates, mossy tiled roofs and unique laterite walls, old wells, a communal house, a pagoda, a shrine, and an old banyan tree symbolizing the perpetuity of time.

There is nothing quite like exploring the peaceful countryside for its amazing rural escapes, which are alluring with bamboo-hedged villages,  uninterrupted patchworks of green paddies, hard-working farmers in their conical hats, water buffaloes, winding country roads, and for its lifestyle deeply influenced by ancient Confucius ideology.

When is the best time to travel to Vietnam’s countryside?

Whether you are going for a stroll beside lovely lotus lakes in the summer, leave the busy city life behind to get a deeper insight into the countryside lifestyle, and maybe, catch fun in the Northern Vietnam’s protected traditional monuments, or travel back in time to see the beautiful past of Northern villages, these Northern Vietnam countryside destinations are for four seasons in a year.

Top Northern Vietnam countryside places to visit

Duong Lam Ancient Village, Hanoi


Duong Lam Ancient Village

As the Red River Delta is the cradle of ancient Vietnamese culture and civilization, it is no surprise that it is home to many ancient villages taking you back to the beautiful past of Northern villages. And Duong Lam village located along the Red River the oldest village in Northern Vietnam is an outstanding example.

A lot of visitors who are coming to Duong Lam Ancient Village have only one thing in mind – the 1,200-year-old village with the old, quiet space that still preserves the colors of time. Do you know that this was the birthplace of Phung Hung and Ngo Quyen – two of our kings?

Only 31 miles away from the hustle and bustle of Hanoi city center, Duong Lam offers you a chance to admire most of the retained basic characteristics of a Vietnamese village – 900 traditional houses dating back from the 16th century, port village, trees, courtyard, temples, a system of ponds, water fields, and fishbone-shaped roads.

Tho Ha Village, Bac Giang Province


Tho Ha Village

31 miles from Hanoi, Tho Ha Village is also a must-visit place on your Vietnam countryside tour. It is the only village in Vietnam with no gardens and where people do not live on the rice cultivation but animal raising, pottery, handicrafts, and floating markets on the river. While the landscape of Tho Ha Village lacks the drama of other parts of Northern Vietnam — and even other ancient villages — it makes up for it with a gentle, ancient beauty that is hard to match.

Bat Trang Ceramic Village, Hanoi


Bat Trang Village

The most popular name on a Vietnam countryside tour’s itinerary is Bat Trang Ceramic Village – the village of bowls – the oldest and best-known pottery village of Vietnam. This part of Gia Lam District in Hanoi mainly gains its recognition for producing a unique and high-quality style of ceramics. The serenity created by miles of quiet countryside, narrow alleys, several pottery workshops blending perfectly with a couple of traditional wooden houses and a bustling market make it a perfect place for walking.

Looking to explore more places outside of your norm next time you are visiting Vietnam? Why don’t you set some time aside to visit as many of these Northern Vietnam villages as you can? I am sure that a Vietnam countryside tour is a beautiful memory.

Author Since: Jan 16, 2019

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