13 Best day trips from Hanoi for visitors have limited time in 2022

Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam, also the main stop in the North before visiting many famous places outside the city. Let find out the best day trips from Hanoi with Go Viet Trip.

1. Hanoi day trip to Halong Bay

Halong bay is one of the best places to visit in Vietnam for any traveler. This three-time UNESCO recognized as a World Heritage Site and New 7 wonders of the world. Covering about 1533km2, Halong Bay owns about 1,600 limestone islands and islets, limestone in this bay has gone through 500 million years of formation in different conditions and environments. It is about 170km from Hanoi, takes 2 hours on the highway. Visitors can go for one day, 2 days 1 night, or 3 days 2 nights. Besides that, visitors can combine to visit Lan Ha Bay, Bai Tu Long bay, or Cat Ba island.

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Our clients do kayaking at Halong bay

2. Hanoi day trip to Hoa Lu ancient capital, Tam Coc boat rider

Hoa Lu ancient capital, is the first capital in Vietnam since the 10th century. Belong Ninh Binh province, about 100km to the South of Hanoi capital. It takes 2 hours from Hanoi capital, and visitors can see many relics a thousand years ago such as dragon bed, citadel background, brick... Besides that, visitors often combine to visit Tam Coc boat rider, also called “Halong Bay on the land”.

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Tam Coc boat tour

3. Hanoi day trip to Trang An Scenic Landscape, Bai Dinh pagoda, Mua cave

Trang An also belongs to Ninh Binh province, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2014. Visitors will see a stunning landscape, various caves, incredible limestone formations, and stop by several Buddhist temples. Besides, that visitors can combine visit Bai Dinh pagoda- The largest Buddhist temple in South East Asia and conquers Mua cave.

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Trang An recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

4. Hanoi day trip to Tam Chuc Pagoda

Tam Chuc complex pagoda is located in Ba Sao town, Kim Bang district, Ha Nam province, about 60km from the center of Hanoi.
And 30km from Bai Dinh Pagoda (Ninh Binh), about 4.5km from Perfume Pagoda (Hanoi), considered the largest temple in the world up to now and attracted a lot of visitors every day.

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Overview of Tam Chuc Pagoda 

5. Hanoi day trip to Cuc Phuong national park

Cuc Phuong National Park has a part of Ninh Binh, Thanh Hoa and Hoa Binh province.  Established July 7, 1962, it covered 25,000ha. This is also the first national park in Vietnam.
The forest is like a giant natural museum, home to a lot of fauna and flora. Visitors can enjoy a lot of activities such as trekking, cycling, bird watching.

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Visitors trekking through the Cuc Phuong national park 

6. Hanoi day trip to Mai Chau

Mai Chau is located in the west of Hoa Binh province, about 140km from Hanoi. Mai Chau is one of the best places to visit for people lovers natural and explore the culture of ethnic people near Hanoi. Visitors can choose trekking or cycling through rice paddy fields and explore the daily life of the local tribe. Thanks to favorable climate conditions, visitors can come to travel in all seasons of the year. Each season in Mai Chau has its own beauty, so visitors will have a lot of exciting experiences when traveling here.

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Our clients cycling at Mai Chau with a local guide

7. Hanoi day trip to Tam Dao

Tam Dao is located about 80km from Hanoi city. The French colony discovered this place in the late 19th century.
This is one of the best choices for a short break from Hanoi capital
This belongs to Tam Dao district, Vinh Phuc province, located on Tam Dao mountain range 900m meters above sea level.
Surrounded by ancient forests, the average temperature is always between 18-25 degrees Celsius, and visitors can feel four seasons within one day: spring, summer, autumn, and winter.
Besides visiting Tam Dao church, trekking through the forest, and exploring the television tower, visitors can admire the silver waterfall.

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Tam Dao 

8. Hanoi day trip to Duong Lam ancient village

Duong Lam village ancient village is in Son Tay, which is 50 kilometers from Hanoi. This is also the hometown of two famous kings, Bo Cai Phung Hung and Ngo Quyen. That is why it is called the land of 2 kings. In 2006, it was considered the first ancient village in Vietnam. Duong Lam still retains a village with basic features in the North with village gates, banyan trees, water wharf, communal yard, etc. Visitors will have the chance to explore many ancient houses with 300 and 400-year-olds, cycling around the village and exploring the daily lives of local people.

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Mong Phu Temple in Duong Lam ancient village 

9. Hanoi day trip to Ba Vi national park

Ba Vi national park is a popular tourist destination for many visitors, Who want to get out noise from the city, get closer to nature and the diversity of ecosystems. This is also famous for many species of plants, rare and precious plants recorded in the Vietnam Red Book. Far from Hanoi city center, about 60km, it is ideal for tourists who love fresh air, wildlife, majestic scenery of the mountains and forests. Visitors can enjoy trekking, camping, cycling... and many outdoor activities.

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Ba Vi national park 

10. Hanoi day trip to Perfume pagoda

Perfume Pagoda is a location in Huong Son Commune - My Duc District – Hanoi. It is about 60km from Hanoi city center. This is not only a place for pilgrimage of Buddhism, but visitors also enjoy the natural beauty of heaven on earth. Visitors can spend time on the boat visiting Yen stream, trekking, or taking the cable car to visit Thien Tru pagoda or Huong Tich cave.

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Perfume pagoda 

11. Hanoi day trip to Thay Pagoda

Thay Pagoda is also known as Ca Pagoda. The name is "Thien Phuc Tu" in Sai Son commune, Quoc Oai district, about 25 km southwest of Hanoi capital.
Thay Pagoda and the beauty of the natural landscape and the cultural, historical values create an attractive tourist destination. The majestic mountain scenery of Sai Son, combined with the curved roof and unique architecture, attracts many local and international tourists.

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Overview of Thay pagoda 

12. Hanoi day trip to Bat Trang pottery village

Bat Trang pottery village is about 10km from the center. The village is a unique place to discover for a fantastic tour, especially for a day trip to Hanoi. The village has been history nearly 1000 years old. Besides learning the history and how the locals make ceramic products, visitors can be guided to make some products for themselves or shop for souvenirs.

13. Hanoi city tour one day

Last but not least, Hanoi city tour will provide necessary information for visitors, especially tourists who want to learn about the history and culture of the thousand-year-old capital. You can combine visiting famous places of the capital such as Temple of Literature, Ho Chi Minh complex... and enjoying favorite food, street foods, drinks such as Pho (noodles soup, Banh Mi (Vietnamese bread) Egg Coffee... and enjoying a unique performance: Water puppet show, My Village show...

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Hanoi city tour one day

Go Viet Trip hope this article will help you understand more about Hanoi and find the best day trips if you need any more help. Please feel free to contact us: Email: Goviettrip@gmail.com or hotline +84968667589. We are guarantee about quality and prices. Get a full refund if you do not feel happy with our services.

Author Hoan Nguyen

He has over 10 years of experience working in the tourism sector and operator. He has traveled to many places in Vietnam and around the world.


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author hoan
My name is Hoan and I come from Hanoi, with more than 10 years working in the tourism industry (both as a tour guide then tour operator). I am very proud to say that I can give you the best advice for your trip to beautiful Vietnam.

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