Make the most out of your Hanoi travel with these itineraries and explore Hanoi's best attractions, culture, and cuisines.
Day Trips from Hanoi:
- Ninh Binh is 90km from Hanoi and it is one of our favorites places in Vietnam. Ninh Binh has been favored by nature with strangely attractive landscapes created by the harmonious mingling of mountains, rivers, plains, and sea. Tourist attractions include Trang An Landscape Complex, Bai Dinh Pagoda, Tam Coc Caves, Bich Dong Cave, Fairy Cave (Dong Tien), Dich Long Cave, Cuc Phuong National Park, Hoa Lu Ancient Capital Relic, Phat Diem Cathedral, Van Long Wetland Nature Reserve, and Van Trinh Cave.
- Halong city encompasses 1,969 islands of various sizes concentrated in two main areas called Bai Tu Long Bay (southeast) and Ha Long Bay (southwest). Ha Long Bay has been recognized by UNESCO for its natural beauty and geographical and geomorphological values since 1994. This day trip from Hanoi is 160km away and takes 3 - 4 hours, depending on traffic.
- Hai Phong City
- Best beaches near Hanoi
Ancient Villages outside of Hanoi
- Bat Trang Traditional Ceramics Village is in Gia Lam District on the outskirts of Hanoi by the banks of the Red River. This handicraft village specializes in making all kinds of pottery and porcelain from a particular type of white clay. The pottery is unique thanks to its high-quality of glossy and fine enamel.
- Van Phuc Silk Village is 10km from Hanoi in Ha Dong District on the bank of Nhue River. The locals in this village excel in weaving silk and traditional skills. The silk here is famous for being very fine and of high quality. In this village, there is a temple that was built for the ancestors who taught the profession and secrets to their people and apprentices.
- Dong Ho Village - Traditional Dong Ho Folk Paintings
- Quat Dong Embroidery Village is 20km south of Hanoi in Thuong Tin District. The embroidery is considered a long-standing tradition among the villagers and taught only within the family. Quat Dong's famous export products include tablecloths, bedsheets, pillowcases, etc. Quat Dong is considered to be the historical home of embroidery in Vietnam. Back in the days, a local resident and an envoy of King Le named Le Cong Hanh (1606 - 1661) was sent to China and learned embroidery. After he returned, he taught the craft to the poor at Quat Dong and was since regarded as the master and patriarch of Vietnamese embroidery.
- Phu Vinh Bamboo and Rattan Weaving Village is in Chuong My District. The outstanding feature of the bamboo and rattan craft at Phu Vinh Village is the high technical skill needed to weave bamboo products, such as fruit baskets, trays, bags, lampshades, hats, and household products.
- Ancient Village in Duong Lam is 4km from Son Tay Town. This was the homeland of King Bo Cai Dai Vuong (? - 791) and King Tien Ngo Vuong (939 - 944) with two temples, Hum and Guom hills, dedicated to both monarchs, who practiced their martial arts and kept their elephants and horses here. There is also Da grave, the grave of Man Thien, the mother of the Trung Sisters (Ha Ba Trung). Besides, there is Mia Pagoda, which contains more than 100 Buddha statues, including the most beautiful of all, Tantrayana.
Other day trips from Hanoi
- Thanh Chuong's Viet Palace is 35km from Hanoi in Soc Son District. This 10,000m2 palace highlights paintings of Thanh Chuong, a celebrated painter in contemporary Vietnamese art.
- Ba Vi Mountain and National Park is an ideal destination for those who want to relax on the weekend and be immersed in nature.
- Vietnam National Village for Ethnic Culture and Tourism presents the cultural and historical values of the 54 Vietnamese ethnic groups at Son Tay Town.
- Khoang Xanh - Suoi Tien Tourist Site is 60km from Hanoi in Ba Vi District. The site has 3 areas: 1) Suoi Tien Water Park, 2) Khoang Xanh hot spring, and 3) Dinosaur Valley.
- Thac Da Eco-tourist Site is 60km west of Hanoi in Ba Vi District. Next to the waterfall, visitors can swim or fish. For overnighters, visitors can stay in the stilt houses of the Muong and Thai ethnic tribes.
- Tu Tram Mountains are a chain of limestone mountains gifted by nature. It is 20km from Hanoi in Chuong My District by National Road 6. In 1516 under the reign of King Le Chieu Tong, he ordered rivers and streams to be arranged to make this area a beauty-spot for this royal stop-over. On the mountains that visitors can visit are Long Tien Pagoda, Quan Am (Bodhisattva) Pagoda, Vo Vi Pagoda, Cao Son Temple, Ba Lang Pagoda, and Mother Temple. There is also Long Tien Cave with a sympathetic smiling statue of Amitiys Buddha meditating on a lotus pedestal inside. Tu Tram Festival takes place on the 2nd day of the 2nd lunar month attracting many visitors.
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