For travelers visiting/ staying in Hanoi Vietnam, this bustling capital city might be a little overwhelming at times. Fortunately, there are options for a quick getaway that locates just 3 or 4-hour drive away from Hanoi.
1- Halong Bay
Halong Bay is probably the most sought-afterdestination in Northern Vietnam in terms of natural beauty as well as popularity among international travelers. And it is only a 4-hour drive away from Hanoi city. Halong Bay has a way of charming its visitors with its tranquil emerald waters, magnificent limestone mountains, nature-carved caves and glittering sandy beaches.
Usually, the best way to fully take in the Halong beautiful seascape is to go on a cruise tour around the bay. Currently, there are many cruise operators in Halong & Hanoi that offers a full range of cruise itineraries including day cruises (4 hour or 8 hour cruise tours), overnight cruises (often 2 days 1 night cruise tours) and the special 3 days 2 nights itineraries (visiting Halong Bay, BaiTu Long Bay, Lan Ha Bay and Cat Ba Island). However, the 2 night cruise itinerary is especially recommended for its inclusion of the best places in Halong Bay and beyond as well as various recreational activities available.
2- Ninh Binh
Ninh Binh is located around 2-hours south of Hanoi City with a growing popularity amongst travelers thanks to its picturesque scenery of rivers and mountains and rice fields. This place is also known by many as the“Halong Bay on-land” of Vietnam for its karst topography fostered through millions of years into countless primitive caves, valleys, and submerged mountains.
There are several well-known attractions in Ninh Binh that should not be missed such as Tam Coc – Bich Dong, Trang An Eco Complex, Fairy Cave and Sunny Valley. The most popular way to visit the attractions in Ninh Binh is to go on a boat excursion along the rivers to visit caves and temples. Navigating on the still water with the scenic rice fields and karst mountains passing by is probably one of the best highlights of these trips.
Aside from Halong Bay and Ninh Binh, there are couples of other options for travelers to consider such as Mai Chau valley (in HoaBinh province), Cuc Phuong National Park, or Sapa Town.
Author: The Au Co Cruises