15 Destinations for Hanoi Day Trips

15 Destinations for Hanoi Day Trips

The enchanting city of Hanoi itself is a good base to explore north Vietnam. If have just a weekend then stick yourself with the city`s remarkable attraction would be perfect. For those who have more time and want to see Hanoi more than just its surface, these destinations for Hanoi Day Trips could be some beautiful suggestions: 
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Ba Vi National Park

Ba Vi National Park with its fresh air, a dose of greenery and diverse wildlife species draw many nature nuts. The handy location at just 60 km makes it a perfect area for a breathtaking day trip from Hanoi. This Park will please any traveler with hidden temples, water streams, bird garden and gushing waterfalls that lie amid the tropical rainforest. Several forest trails in place grant opportunities for hiking expeditions
Recommended reading: Best Vietnam National Parks

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Hoa Lu Ancient Capital

Those who hunger for grand places to immerse a mixture of culture and history on a day trip from Hanoi, Hoa Lu Ancient Capital is one of them. This majestic palace was a hub of politics and trade in the 10th - 11th centuries. It is girded by various calm lakes, Rocky Mountains and hides about 100 km to the south of Hanoi. Though the original citadel is no longer standing, there are other monuments to enchant you, including King Dinh and King Le temples with their entrancing glory.

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Bai Dinh - Trang An

Bai Dinh is the biggest pagoda in the Southeastern part of Asia. It receives lots of travelers - those who are taking day trips from Hanoi. This complex of temples and over 500 carved Buddha statues is just a two-hour drive from Vietnam’s capital. From the Pagoda, you will take a boat ride to Trang An.
Trang An is ideal for explorers who fancy getting away into lush greenery instead of concrete. The cruise along Ngo Dong River glides past towering cliffs and includes a stopover at an enormous hidden cave network.
Check also : Ninh Binh Tour Packages

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Cuc Phuong National Park

Cuc Phuong is inclusive of the most prominent nature reserves in Vietnam. With its diverse flora and fauna, it’s a no surprise that this protected area receives a plethora of Wildlife admirers per year. Over 1944 plant species, 300 bird species, 16 amphibians, 33 reptiles and 71 mammal species call it home. Most holidaymakers consider it as the first layover while in Hanoi. You are bound to see copious animals such as tigers, leopards, squirrels, monkeys, and more. Hiking is usual, and various hiking trails that traverse the park reveal a lot including the concealed historical remnants like Caves (Trang Khuyet, Thuy Tien and Nguoi Xua).

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Halong Bay

Without doubt, this is the most booked day trip from Hanoi. It’s very rare to find an itinerary to Southeast Asia that misses the picturesque Halong Bay. This UNESCO World Heritage site has all that to rejuvenate even the most jaded. You can take a bamboo boat, but the Bay is best explored by a cruise. From the boat, you will take in panoramic views of limestone karsts, emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin and luxuriant Jungles. These boat tours in the Bay include a stopover at some secluded islands, beaches and a visit to the hidden spots like coves.

Best Halong Bay Travel Deals are available at : Best Halong Cruises 

Phat Diem Cathedral

While listing, the top locales you can access on a day trip from Hanoi, there is no way you can leave out the great Phat Diem Cathedral. This artistic church – built in 1892, is located in Ninh Binh Province. It amazes travelers with its wooden and stone cave pillars along with tilled rooftops. Its architecture is of Western and Asian style influence. Visitors to this church combine it with other nearby temptations like Tam Coc and Trang An.

Mai Chau

Varying from its striking rice paddies to lines of jagged mountain ridges, Mai Chau remains noted among the most scenic areas in Vietnam. The valley will perfectly please you with local life experience and pretty landscapes. Though home stays are more rewarding, most travelers access it from Hanoi. Both biking and trekking through the quaint villages let you have this region to your best. On a lucky day, you can even spot the rare wildlife.

Tam Dao Hill Station

Originally, built by the French to escape the hot periods in Hanoi - Tam Dao is now an outstanding resort reached by travelers for varied exciting things to do. It sits at 1200 m above sea level – you can get there by a hill hugging road that passes through pine tree forests. The area’s atmosphere is calm and views around are inspirational. Numerous hiking trails that crisscross the hills favor those who fancy trekking. The surrounding luxuriant vegetation is inhabited by Wildlife species like birds, butterflies and more. You can sight them during the treks.

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Bat Trang Village

Bat Trang Village is renowned for its sought after traditional designs of porcelain and ceramics. In the past, this village was a supplier of pottery and goods exported during the French colonial period. Most visitors come in to see the real processing of the ceramics. You can even try to make your ceramic product as you are directed by the ceramic masters.

Duong Lam Ancient Village

Another spot that adventurers prefer for Hanoi day trips. If you are after a glimpse of life in Vietnam before technology, then this village showcases it. By appearance, it’s like a museum. Temples, old homes that exhibit Vietnam’s ancient grandeur dot the area. Locals are welcoming and willing to take you through the real village life.

Perfume Pagoda

To let you know, Perfume Pagoda is among the top captivating spots that draw trippers to the Northern part of Vietnam. This monument is the Centre for the temple complex that lie amidst the magnificent mountains of Huong Tich. Visitors to the region have a lot to admire, including the countless caves and rocks. Getting to the Pagoda includes a stupendous boat sail through the limestone valley and a hike via stairways up to the top. From the peak, views are just imposing. The natural beauty and cultural heritage around are worth a day trip from Hanoi.

See also : Vietnam Indepth Tour 

Van Phuc Silk Village

Of all top spots mentioned, this is the closest to Hanoi. Therefore it is easy to visit for adventurers who base in this city. This village produces some of the most exquisite silk products, and it is easy to understand why the area welcomes lots of fashion lovers. It is scattered with over 1000 silk shops; people flock in to grab best deals of silk shirts, dresses and ties at affordable prices.

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