Northern Vietnam consists mostly of mountains and the plains of the Red River Delta. Here is where the capital of Vietnam, Hanoi, is located. Although Vietnam is a tropical country, the north has a colder climate than the rest of the country. In winter here the temperature drops to a few degrees above zero in the mountains. The north of Vietnam is where in the 10th century Vietnam started to exist as an independent country, then named Dai Viet, after 10 centuries of Chinese rule. Dai Viet succeeded in taking control of the entire current Vietnamese territory over the centuries, until it became a French colony in the late 19th century. The tourist highlights in northern Vietnam are Hanoi with its colonial heritage, the area around Hanoi full of temples and historic sights, Halong bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site with stunning karst scenery of islets and rocks, and the highlands to the west with their rich ethnic heritage.

Hanoi photo gallery  - 143 pictures of Hanoi
Halong bay photo gallery  - 69 pictures of Halong bay
Perfume pagoda photo gallery  - 46 pictures of Perfume pagoda
143 photos of Hanoi, the capital of the socialist republic of Vietnam
69 photos of Halong bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site and very scenic area of almost 2000 islands and rock formations in the Gulf of Tonkin
46 photos of the Perfume pagoda, a shrine dedicated to Quan Am in the mountains southwest of Hanoi
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