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Red River Delta

Practical information on Red River Delta

  • Encounters with locals
  • Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Port
  • Mountain
  • River
  • Caves
  • Art & Culture
  • Unesco World Heritage
  • Off the beaten track
4 / 5 - One review
How to get there
1-3 hrs by train from Ha Noi
When to go
From March to October
Minimum stay
3 to 5 days

Reviews of Red River Delta

Paul Engel Seasoned Traveller
36 written opinions

The Red River Delta is vast and a region of contrasts. It is one of the most developed in the country but you can still find some of the best views in Vietnam.

My suggestion:
The train is the best method of transport to roam around this region which extends from Ninh Binh to Haiphong through Hanoi.
My review

I discovered the Red River Delta in Hanoi, via the bridge built by Gustave Eiffel. A vast expanse of marshy water invaded by small coloured huts and crops, in particular Palm trees. I took the local train and travelled downriver to its mouth in Haiphong. On this side, the region is heavily industrialised and the landscapes all look alike. This location is the ideal point of departure for an exploration of Halong Bay, without the crowds.

It is towards Ninh Binh that the delta becomes stunning. A region bordered with impressive karstic mountains. I enjoyed wandering around on a scooter amid the rice paddies and discovering the rural life of the northern plains of the country. One of my fondest memories during my trip to Vietnam. The area offers many opportunities for outdoor activities such as Van Long, Tam Coc or Cuoc Phuong Park. When I was there in winter, the area was wrapped in a huge blanket of fog, giving it a very special atmosphere.