Climb 500 steps on Lying Dragon Mountain to enjoy breathtaking mountainous views. Go on a sampan boat trip on Tam coc River through the rice paddies…
Join a unique rowing boat trip to visit three caves, have a buffet lunch and bike to traditional villages. Visit Hoa Lu, an ancient capital, Mua…
Take a traditional cruise with a professional guide to the spectacular Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit Heaven Palace Cave, go…
Learn about the history of Vietnam as you explore the ancient city of Hoa Lu. Explore the karst landscape of Tam Coc by boat and bike.
Perfume Pagoda is famous for scenic landscape and sacredness in the religious culture of Vietnamese people. It possesses a good combination of…
Enjoy a full-day tour from Hanoi to the Perfume Pagoda, one of the most sacred places in Northern Vietnam. Admire the spectacular scenery as you…
Experience the beauty of Ha Long Bay on a full-day small group cruise aboard a new air-conditioned junk boat. Drift amongst the limestone karst…
Enjoy a day trip from Hanoi to the beautiful region of Ninh Binh. The day will be packed with cycling, magnificent scenery, and a delicious lunch.
Become a Vietnamese fisherman for the day on a 6-hour tour from Hanoi that interacts with local fishing communities. Discover you how to use lift and…
Escaping from the vibrant city of Hanoi, you will have an opportunity to immerse yourselves into the peaceful and unspoiled villages with tranquil…
Leave the bustle of Hanoi behind, and head to Vietnam's idyllic Ninh Binh province on this full-day tour. Take a river cruise and see why this region…
Go paragliding over the Hoa Binh hills and admire the scenery as you glide through the air.
Immerse yourself in Vietnam's beautiful nature and culture with this multi-day adventure tour from Hanoi. Enjoy the convenience of an all-inclusive…
Day trip to Ha Long Bay
If you have visions of craggy limestone islands rising majestically out of turquoise waters, head immediately to Ha Long Bay. This iconic landscape is a UNESCO World Heritage Site visited by millions of people every year. Of course, the top activities are boat tours of the bay, which can guide you to sites like the colorfully illuminated Dao Go Cave, the island of Tuan Chao, and the serene bays of Bai Tu Long National Park.
How far is Ha Long Bay from Hanoi?
The 174 kilometers (108 miles) from Hanoi to Ha Long Bay do not go quickly, so leave early and plan to return late. Driving, the journey takes three to four hours. Public transportation is not a good option for day trips to Ha Long Bay. A guided tour is highly recommended for this excursion.
Day trip to Duong Lam Ancient Village
For a fascinating getaway from the bustle of Hanoi, head to the hamlets of Duong Lam Ancient Village. One of the oldest villages in the region — as well as the country — Duong Lam has well over 1,200 years of history to explore. Make sure to see the five communal houses — dedicated to local heroes, kings, and gods — admire the Buddhas of Mia Pagoda, and marvel at the temple and mausoleum of the ancient King Ngo Quyen.
How far is Duong Lam Ancient Village from Hanoi?
The 50 kilometers (31 miles) from Hanoi to Duong Lam Ancient Village takes around an hour and 15 minutes by car. Taking public transportation is possible, but allow more time as it takes closer to three hours via several different buses.
Day trip to Ninh Binh Province
A day trip to Ninh Binh is perfect for those in search of unforgettable natural beauty. The area is best known for its dramatic karst landscape, which can be seen in all its glory at the grottoes of UNESCO World Heritage Site of Trang An or cruising the river to Tam Coc. Don’t miss an opportunity to check out the many temples of the 10th and 11th century capital of Hoa Lu.
How far is Ninh Binh Province from Hanoi?
The town of Ninh Binh is 94 kilometers (58 miles) south of Hanoi. By car, the trip is about an hour and a half. Trains take around two hours. A guided tour is an excellent option for a day trip to from Hanoi to NInh Binh.
Day trip to Bat Trang Village
Best known for its centuries-old porcelain tradition, Bat Trang Village is an excellent day trip for art and history lovers alike. Browse the dazzling rows of artisanal pottery, dishware, sculpture, and other ceramic art that lines the streets and shopfronts of the village. A visit to the Porcelain and Pottery Market is a must, or try your own hand at pottery at the ceramic playground. For a unique experience, hop on a buffalo cart for a ride.
How far is Bat Trang Village from Hanoi?
You can travel the 16 kilometers (10 miles) to Bat Trang Village in just 40 minutes by car. On the bus, it can take from an hour to 90 minutes.
Day trip to Ba Vi National Park
Escape from civilization and delve into the lush splendor of Ba Vi National Park. This gorgeous nature area is very popular for walking and hiking, though there are several points of interest to visit. Travelers can join the pilgrims and hike up to the summit of Tan Vien peak to see the shrine of the Mountain God and the Ho Chi Minh Temple. Adventurous people can also explore the ruins of the abandoned French resort that has since been reclaimed by the jungle.
How far is Ba Vi National Park from Hanoi?
It will take between 90 minutes to two hours to drive the 62 kilometers (38.5 miles) to Ba Vi National Park from Hanoi. The bus can range from two to three hours.
What transportation options are best for my day trip?
Trying to figure out how to get around any foreign country can be intimidating. There are several choices in Vietnam that can fit your goals and travel style.
Hanoi day trips by train
Trains in Vietnam are old but fairly dependable and travel in most directions from Hanoi. Many destinations outside of main centers may require a transfer to a bus or taxi at some point in the journey.
Hanoi day trips by bus
The bus is the most comprehensive and affordable public transportation option for day trips around Hanoi. Buses run all over, however depending on the time and specific location could be limited. Traveling by bus may require one or more transfers before you reach your final destination.
Hanoi day trips by car
Traffic and driving in Hanoi and Vietnam are generally chaotic. If you are a confident driver, a car is a fine option to reach more rural places or to simply take control of your own schedule. Many travelers opt to rent a motorcycle or motorbike to get around, which is a very popular and efficient — though sometimes daring — option.
Should I take a guided tour for my day trip?
A guided tour is always a smart choice for day trips, especially in more remote areas of the country. Whether you are struggling with logistics or don’t feel confident with a language barrier, guided tours provide peace of mind, convenience, and the opportunity to bond with fellow travelers.
What should I pack for my day trip?
What to bring with you on your day trip depends on the season and your destination. For the beach, swim gear, and sunscreen are a good idea, while trips to higher-elevated areas would benefit from warm clothes. No matter the location, always make sure to bring plenty of water.
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What people are saying about Hanoi
the tour was excellent, the boat trip was particularly incredible. Nghia was an excellent guide, he spoke English very well and was extremely helpful, responsible and friendly. Some reviews comment on not having much time but that is the nature of a one day trip that is 100km out of a busy city. Definitely worth it if you have day to spare :)
Enjoyed the biking and the steep hike (view was worth it)! The boat ride, not so much - around 1.30hrs sitting under the sun. It was pretty hot so make sure you bring a hat and sunblock. Overall, it was good. Our tour guide Zuy (Frank) was knowledgable and fun. He adjusted the itinerary that fit to our liking :)
Good change of scenery to see the mountains a bit and visit the temples of Nihm Binh. Guide was helpful when explaining at the temples some of the local culture and architecture. Although the views on the boat ride are amazing the ride itself is rather dull. Still loved the free hat I received from this trip.
This is a must do activity when in Hanoi! Do not miss it! The view after climbing 500 steps is just unparalleled and beautiful!! The 1 hour boat ride though the green fields surrounding by hills is just splendid! Highly highly recommended activity!! Our guide Mr Kay (Mr K?) is just awesome!
The trip was amazing and the scenery beyond mesmerizing . The whole trip was really organized and even though the boat trip was cancelled, they provided an alternative in order for us to expereinece it to the fullest . Our guide Franky (Dyi) was great !