What comes into your mind first when talking about Hanoi? Is that the bustling Ta Hien Beer Street, the nostalgic Old Quarter night market, or the magnificent Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum? Now, let's pass those familiar locations and take an adventure to the other side of the city. Check out our guide to Soc Son District in Hanoi.
From the heart of Hanoi, you will have no difficulty reaching Soc Son District by bus, motorbike, and taxi. Here, we choose Hoan Kiem Lake (Hoan Kiem District) as the departure and Soc Son District as the destination.
The fastest way is to take the bus route 55A from the Tran Quang Khai - Ham Tu Quan junction to Yen Phu Water Plant; then you catch the bus route 58 to Twin Mountains; from Twin Mountains, you jump on the bus route 56A and drop at the radio station of Soc Son.
Duration: About 2.5 hours
Price: VND 15,000 - 24,000
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To discover Hanoi's central districts, renting a motorbike and riding it by yourself is cheap and cheerful. But if you plan to travel a 30-km distance, you should think twice since this is more challenging than moving around the urban area.
Duration: 1 hour
Rental price: VND 150,000 - 300,000/day
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What's more convenient and comfortable than opting for a taxi? For your convenience, you should choose reputable taxi brands like Vinasun, Mai Linh, Group. Otherwise, you can book a GrabCar or BeCar on your phone.
Duration: 40 - 50 minutes
Price: VND 400,000 - 500,000
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Despite being a part of Hanoi, Soc Son District does not have the vibe that you normally link to megacities. Instead of the bustling streets, the district offers poetic scenery and cultural heritages which make it become an ideal getaway for your weekend.
Address: Ve Linh Village, Phu Linh Commune, Soc Son, Hanoi
Opening hours: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Built by the Dinh Dynasty (968-980), the relic started off with 2 constructions which are Soc Temple and Non Nuoc Pagoda. Later, new temples, pagodas, and statues were built and the whole area was recognized as a national relic in 1962. Each year, the relic welcomes thousands of visitors coming for the Giong Festival.
Soc Temple is where locals worship Phu Dong Thien Vuong (Heavenly King of Phu Dong) or Thanh Giong (Saint Giong)
Mau Temple is a sacred place for people to commemorate Giong's mother
Address: Hien Ninh Commune, Soc Son, Hanoi
Opening hours: 9 AM - 5 PM
Entrance ticket: VND 150,000
Thanh Chuong Viet Palace seems like a historic site at first glance but it is actually a private museum of Mr. Thanh Chuong - a Vietnam's reputable artist. Coming here, you will be introduced to an architectural exhibition with various constructions from the stilt houses of Muong people to ancient houses in the Nguyen Dynasty (1802 - 1884).
The palace has appeared in some international newspapers namely The New York Times and Herald Tribune
Inside the palace, there are many restaurants serving Vietnamese cuisine and shops selling souvenirs. You can also enjoy water puppetry performances in Long Dinh theater
Address: Quang Tien Commune, Soc Son, Hanoi
Dong Quan Lake is where you can get closer to nature and away from the dust and noise of the city. Thanks to the green forest and blue lake, the atmosphere here is always cool and fresh. As the area is quite spacious and airy, you should go on a picnic or organize team building games apart from admiring the landscape here.
The mesmerizing view of Dong Quan Lake from above
Address: Ham Son, Soc Son, Hanoi
Thanks to the height of 462m above the sea level, Ham Lon Mountain is also called "the roof of Hanoi". It is highly recommended to conquer this mountain and once you have been at the top, get ready to be dazed at the lush plants and the purple hue of Sim flowers.
You have two options to reach Ham Lon peak: go on the trail or climb directly along the stream
Soc Son's one of the mountainous districts in Hanoi, where a few ethnic minorities dwell. Therefore, the cuisine here combines the old and the new, perfect for large families.
Address: Flower Garden, Phu Linh Commune, Soc Son, Hanoi
Opening hours: 9 AM - 11 PM
Menu: Hotpot, Grilled Seafood, and Grilled Meat
Price: VND 150,000 - 500,000
Address: 13 Khuong Viet Street, Soc Son, Hanoi
Opening hours: 8 AM - 10 PM
Menu: Chicken Hotpot, Grilled Chicken, Sticky Rice
Price: VND 150,000 - 550,000
Address: 132 Route 3, Tien Duoc Commune, Soc Son, Hanoi
Opening hours: 9 AM - 10:30 PM
Menu: Vietnamese dishes
Address: Minh Phu Commune, Soc Son, Hanoi
Price: VND 4,000,000 - 5,000,000 (whole villa)
Just like its name, the surroundings of this villa looks mysterious and somehow remind us of the Twilight movie
Sitting in the bedroom, you will have a panoramic view of the pine forest
Address: Minh Phu Commune, Soc Son, Hanoi
Price: VND 3,500,000 - 5,500,000 (whole villa)
The rustic interior with wooden furniture and warm brown tone
The space in front of the house is where you can throw a BBQ party or sip tea and have self-reflection
Address: 6 Vo Nguyen Giap Street, Mai Dinh Commune, Soc Son, Hanoi
Price: VND 400,000 - 700,000
From Noi Bai International Airport, you only have to travel a 3-km distance to reach La Teisu. Built in 2019, the hotel's facilities are quite modern.
The staff here are complemented by many guests due to their amiability and enthusiasm
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In comparison with Hanoi's central districts like Ba Dinh or Hoan Kiem, Soc Son District is tranquil and has a sense of the countryside. A getaway in this suburban area will bring you a new perspective to Hanoi and ease your soul with its scenic nature.
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