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The best tourist attraction near Hanoi

Updated at Sunday, 09 Apr 2017, 10:16
The Hanoitimes - Pick the best sights and create your daily travel itinerary, an overview of the most amazing tourist attractions near Hanoi, Vietnam.
Ham Lon moutain
The Ham Lon (Pig Jaw) is a mount in the range of Doc Ton in Soc Son District, Hanoi. This is a quite familiar place to young people, particularly those who are intending to conquer the Fansipan – the highest mountain in Indochina.
Ham Lon moutain.
Ham Lon moutain.
Located only 40km from Hanoi towards North Thang Long - Noi Bai expressway, so it is not too hard to go here, just taking approximately one hour. You can start immediately climbing Ham Lon Mount or visit the Nui Bau Lake first. Nui Bau Lake is a lake located at the foot of the mountain, amid the hills of green pine and acacia trees.
There are two paths up to the mountain. The first path is a fairly flat trail, easy to go and does not have many bushes. To reach the peak, it will take you only two or two and a half hour. The second route is along streams, which suits those who like adventure and discovery. Near the top of the mountain is a fairly flat area. After conquering the height of 462m of Ham Lon, visitors can return to this flat area for camping and resting to prepare for leaving the mountain or waiting for sunset or sunrise.
Duong Lam village
Located in Son Tay Town, 40km to the west of Hanoi, Duong Lam village is a very popular tourist destination at the weekends. The village attracts visitors because of its ancient houses and the architectural features of a typical old Vietnamese village with banyan trees and a wharf on the river.
Duong Lam Village.
Duong Lam Village.
It takes just over an hour to get to Duong Lam village. On the road leading up to the village, tourists can feel the peaceful atmosphere. The rice fields these days are in their prime while lotus ponds will soon be in bloom signaling the coming of the summer.
Duong Lam village has a history dating back about 1,200 years with many houses in Dong Sang, Mong Phu and Cam Co Hamlets built in the 17th century. Visitors to the village often visit the houses in Mong Phu, which are said to be the most beautiful and more specifically, their owners will spend time showing people around their beloved houses. Duong Lam is also famous for its soybean sauce which is second only to Ban soybean sauce in Hung Yen province.
Ba vi National Park
Ba Vi National Park is one of Vietnam’s most famous areas of outstanding natural beauty, and is centered around a three-peaked mountain jutting steeply out of the landscape. The national park offers a great escape from the city with cool fresh mountain air in a mystical atmospheric backdrop of clouds, jungle and tropical rainforest.
Ba Vi National Park.
Ba Vi National Park.
The three mountain summits are Dinh Vua which is the highest at 1,296m, Tan Vien which is 1,226m and Ngoc Hoa the smallest at 1,131m. Together they form a three humped crest which is often obscured by clouds at the highest point due to the varied climate at the park. There are also superb tropical forest views and vistas all the way to Hanoi to be enjoyed from this peak. The fast-flowing Da River is located on one side of the national park…
Originally created as a hill station during the French Colonial era, Ba Vi National Park has always been an excellent source of medicinal plants for the Dao ethnic group. Walking and hiking opportunities are popular in this area of lush tropical foliage with plenty of forest trails and mountain slopes. It takes about 30 minutes of hard climb to make it to the temple but you are additionally well rewarded with panoramic views of the Red River Valley and beyond.
Son Mountain - Nga River
Thien Son - Suoi Nga.
Thien Son - Suoi Nga.
Located in the east of Ba Vi Mountain Range in Ha Tay District in Hanoi, Thien Son - Suoi Nga (Son Mountain - Nga River) is famous for splendid sceneries with silver-carpet-like waterfalls and misty, dense forests on the mountain slopes.
One hour’s drive from Hanoi, the site is currently the weekend rendezvous for many Hanoians and tourists. It is said to be an ideal tourist destination for this summer. Thien Son - Suoi Nga, tucked in the protection belt of Ba Vi National Park, is divided into three areas, with each area about two kilometers apart from the others.
Villas on the mountain slopes are said to be good accommodation to live among the wildlife. There are also some restaurants to provide wild specialties to trekkers. The next area, Trung Son, is considered to be the playground for people of all ages. Tramping along winding paths around lakes and on stone paths in the shades of seasoned green trees are nice experiences to escape the scorching heat of the summer in the city.
The highlight of the area that tourists should not miss is the 100-meters-high Cong Troi Waterfall. Around the area scattered some guest houses nestled under dense groves that tourists can take a rest and enjoy the fresh air in the forest. The last area is Ngoan Son with a panoramic view of Ba Vi Mountain. Shaded winding paths and bridges reflect themselves in the lake surface, decorating the surrounding area. The lakes there also attract many fishing lovers.
Bat Trang Village
Bat Trang, traditional porcelain and pottery village with history of seven centuries, is an interesting attraction in Hanoi that tourists should not ignore. Bat Trang, the seven-century old pottery village, is an interesting attraction in Hanoi that tourists should not ignore.
Bat Trang Village.
Bat Trang Village.
Located in an area rich in clay, the village has advantage of ingredients to create fine ceramics. Moreover, lying besides the Red river, between Thang Long and Pho Hien, two ancient trade centers in the north of Vietnam during 15th - 17th century.
Visiting Bat Trang, tourists can take a walk or join a buffalo tour for sightseeing and shopping. Besides many ceramic stores along the road in the village, tourists should visit Bat Trang Porcelain and Pottery Market where they can directly make pottery products by themselves. Many youngsters and foreign tourists are interested in in this pottery- making experience, and spend a whole day in the market to make a gift for family or friends.
Bat Trang belongs to Gia lam district of Hanoi. You can catch the bus number 47 that stop just a few steps from Dong Xuan market with the end terminal in Bat Trang. The bus runs every 20 minutes.
Tam Dao Town
Located 90km from Hanoi, Tam Dao tourist area in Tam Dao Town, Vinh Phuc Province, is an ideal getaway for tourists to. In summer, people rush to Tam Dao which is considered the Dalat of the North with its fresh cool air, mist and romantic scenery.
Tam Dao Town.
Tam Dao Town.
At an altitude of over 1,000m, Tam Dao was once home to over 200 French villas, a collection of hotels and restaurants, a swimming pool and even a dance auditorium all coming together to form northern Vietnam's first hill station and health spa. The area offers some easy hiking in and around its tree-covered summit, and while some of the trails tend to see more goats than backpack-wielding tourists, the hill station is popular with Vietnamese tourists.
Tam Dao – a familiar name to Hanoi people and also the wonderful address for people who love for tourism. This is the suitable place for Hanoi people to find a near destination which can help them run away from the hot weather of the summer.
Young people in groups have a different interest, they can take a long walk through the forest, discover nature with so much strange things as well as the fauna and flora in the forest. Go there with your friends and Tam Dao is really the ideal destination for you at the weekends.
 
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