10 Best Day Trips from Hanoi

We would like to offer what we believe to be the 10 Best Day Trips from Hanoi and by no means is it exhausted. If time is short and you only have a few days to see as much as possible, the list below will help you decide which you would prefer.

Hanoi itself is a fantastic place to visit and you would be quite right if you wished to spend all your time in the city. But if you wish to see something of the local countryside and excellent scenery, then this list of 10 Best Day Trips from Hanoi will help you out.

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1. Tam Coc

Tam Coc is certainly number 1 for us too personally, in our list of 10 Best Day Trips from Hanoi. Also known as Halong Bay on land, this beautiful area of Ninh Binh is packed with outstanding limestone peaks climbing high from the rice fields tended by locals. Take a cave ride by rowing boat, a 500 step climb up Hang Mua and cycle around the countryside. If you have time, we would also suggest visiting Thung Nham bird park. It is best to go in the late afternoon (if your transport allows) as this is when the local birds fly back to their nests. If you are a keen photographer this is a perfect treat. This day trip from Hanoi hits all the spots and is recommended by Travel Agent Hanoi. We offer premier group tours (small group) or private day trip to Tam Coc. Ask for further details!

The 10 best day trips from Hanoi

2. Halong Bay

Undoubtedly the most famous destination in Vietnam is the UNESCO world heritage site Halong Bay. Made up of thousands of islands peeking up from the bays, some with dense forests and some inhabited by the indigenous population. Moreover, Halong Bay has two other less touristy bays with the same beauty, namely Lan Ha Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay. Sailing through these peaks on your own overnight cruise sitting on your private balcony is definitely the best way to see Halong Bay in comfort. Check out our many overnight cruises to Halong Bay and contact us with your enquiry!


3. Trang An

Trang An is situated in the province of Ninh Binh and offers more cave rides by rowing boat than Tam Coc. The beauty is certainly no less stunning and fully armed with a camera, you will take some amazing photos. With lonesome temples on the route by boat and stopping points to marvel at local history. This is another recommendation to take a day tour from Hanoi.


4. Hoa Lu

Situated south of Hanoi around 90km, is the ancient capital of Vietnam, Hoa Lu. Hoa Lu is also in the Ninh Binh province along with Trang An and Cuc Phuong & is usually visited on day trips from Hanoi including Tam Coc and Hang Mua. This ancient capital houses the Dinh Tien Hoang temple with many ancient artifacts on display. To include this on a day trip from Hanoi, please see Tam Coc above!


5. Perfume Pagoda

A day trip to Perfume Pagoda offers rowing boat rides, cable car rides and an extensive system of Buddhist temples. The temples are spread over an area of limestone hills and tropical forests on Huong Mountain. Best time to come to Perfume Pagoda is during the week and not. On a holiday, unless you want to visit during heavy crowded times when the pilgrims hold a religious festival. We offer day trips to Perfume Pagoda every day, check out our offers today.


6. Mai Chau

Mai Chau is the best day tour from Hanoi if you prefer less crowds. Being that it is 3 hours away from Hanoi, a day trip is quite a push any other way than with ourselves and a guided tour. It is nestled in the mountains and valleys of Hoa Binh and with many traditional businesses make this day trip from Hanoi crtainly marvellous experience. Best things to see in Mai Chau would be the silk weavers, bamboo stick factory, local builders erecting a stilt house and many other traditional crafts.


7. Ba Vi National Park

Ba Vi National Park is just an hours drive from Hanoi and a regular haunt for Hanoi city dwellers. It can be seen as a day trip from Hanoi & give you a much fresher and cooler outlook than in Hanoi. A definitely much needed respite from the Hanoi humid heat. There are many activities on offer in Ba Vi National Park for the energetic. Such activities as trekking, cycling and even a swim in a waterfall for a very refreshing dip. Lunch can be a picnic brought by yourselves. Or if you wanted to splash out, there is also a 5* resort set deep in the forest with an excellent menu selection.


8. Cuc Phuong National Park

If you want to immerse yourself in nature with a day trip from Hanoi, this is definitely the place to go. It is the largest nature reserve in Vietnam and houses plenty of wildlife and walking trails to satisfy all nature lovers. The Cuc Phuong park has Silver Cloud Mountain at its summit. Surrounded by lush greenery and limestone mountains where numerous caves are to be found and explored. Situated 3 hours away and by local buses would be quite a chore in one day. We would suggest a day trip from Hanoi with a professional tour guide. Ask for details and we can offer such a day trip from Hanoi.


9. Bat Trang Ceramic Village

Since the 14th Century, this porcelain and pottery village near Hanoi has been creating. Many different types of pottery for local businesses. Bat Trang is just 7km away and can be done in half a day trip from Hanoi. But there is plenty to see and maybe even make your own pottery item. If you want a nice genuine tea set, then this is the place to buy.


10. Tam Dao

Tam Dao National Park is situated 85km northwest of Hanoi. It is a popular weekend break from Hanoi for Hanoians escaping the heat of the city. Up in the mountain range of Tam Dao, the refreshing cool air is certainly a welcome change. A favourite for the French Colonists as a tranquil hill resort. Lush tropical rainforest and thousands of unique flora and fauna to study. Also home to the Tam Dao Bear Sanctuary with around 200 rescued bears from illegal hunting and trafficking. A very worthwhile venture to visit during your Vietnam holiday.