- Encounters with locals
- Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
- Hiking / Trekking
- Art & Culture
- Unesco World Heritage
- Off the beaten track
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.