Tourist attractions in Hanoi suburbs
Not only does the city center of Hanoi have fascinating destinations to visit, the suburbs also have many things to offer.
Hanoi – the capital of Vietnam is well-known as a peaceful city with significant historical and cultural values. Travelers from all over the world take Hanoi tours to explore the charming beauty of this city by visiting some famous tourist attractions in the center such as the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, Temple of Literature, and the Old Quarter. However, not many tourists acknowledge about the beauty of Hanoi suburbs, where there exist plenty of appealing destinations to explore. Traveling to the suburban areas, you will be able to enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of northern countryside without having to bear the hustle and bustle of the city.
Duong Lam Ancient Village
Just one hour driving to the west of Hanoi, you will reach Duong Lam Village, which is the oldest village in Vietnam. After centuries, the village still retain the traditions and features of a typical northern Vietnam hamlet such as village’s gate, communal houses, pagodas, and temples, and village’s well.
The village has the history dating back to 11 centuries ago. It is the hometown of two Kings: Phung Hung (761-802) and Ngo Quyen (896-944). The Kings contributed to the victory of the country against the invasion of the northern Chinese troops. Nowadays, the temples which are to worship the Kings are the top places to visit in Duong Lam.
Many houses in Duong Lam Villages are about 400 years old. Visiting the old houses, you can see the very typical features of a northern house such as the wall made from lateritic bricks and the big wooden pillars. Having a Hanoi day trip to Duong Lam village, you might experience the daily life of the locals by exploring their old houses, having lunch with them, or following them to the fields. Riding a bike around the village is also not bad an option.
Dai Lai Lake
Nestled just about 40 km to the north of Hanoi, Dai Lai Lake in Vinh Phuc Province is a haunted destination for holidays. If you are fed up with the crowded tourist flocks of Hanoi Tours, Dai Lai Lake is a wonderful option for your travel.
Dai Lai possesses an exquisite natural settings of mountain and lake. It is a perfect place to go sightseeing. The spectacular scenery of the lush forests, the blue lake, and the western-style villas will make you feel like you are visiting a mountainous western town. Also, the cool climate makes it even more suitable for leisure activities.
The camping area in Dai Lai allows travelers to gather and relax by participating in different games and activities. There is even the playing ground for kids, making it available for customers of all ages and groups, from couples, friends, to families.
More importantly, thanks to the increasing number of tourists, many hotels and resorts have been built here, offering full services for travelers. Dai Lai, hence, has become an ideal destination for weekend holidays.
If you are wondering where to go in Hanoi suburbs, Ba Vi National Park is the ultimate choice. Especially, for those who love to take intrepid trips, exploring the forests in Ba Vi is undoubtedly among the top things to do when traveling to Hanoi.
The mountainous area of Ba Vi offers the fresh cool air which can hardly be seen in bustling cities. The three peaks of the mountain (Dinh Vua, Tan Vien, and Ngoc Hoa) are covered with white clouds, creating a mysterious scenery. The Park is a dense tropical forest with diverse bio-ecological system of various flora and fauna. Traveling to Ba Vi, you will stand in awe when seeing the spectacular scenery of the rainforests. You can walk through the trails into the jungle, or climb up the hills to get a bird’s eye view of the picturesque surroundings. Singing and dancing around the campfire at night are also interesting activities to try.
The old Cathedral, the shrine, Uncle Ho’s temple, the orchid garden, and the pine hill are the highlights of the National Park that travelers should not ignore. Moreover, near the National Park stand many resorts and entertainment centers to spend your holidays such as Khoang Xanh, Ao Vua, and Suoi Mo. Ba Vi is hence not only perfect for adventurous trekkers but also a wonderful destination for holidays.
Not only does the downtown possess fascinating destinations to visit, Hanoi suburbs also hold charming beauty to explore. Taking Hanoi tours to the beautiful spots in suburban areas, you will escape from the busy city life and immerse yourself into the tranquil atmosphere of Vietnam countryside.