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Top four escapes around Hanoi for upcoming holiday

Updated at Wednesday, 26 Apr 2017, 15:34
The Hanoitimes - In Vietnam, businesses, offices and schools will close for a four-day holiday to mark the Reunification Day (April 30) and Labor Day (May 1). Hanoi residents get ready for holiday from now. Below are ideal choice for them to chill not far from the city centre.
1.  Ham Lon (Pig Jaws) Mountain
Located only 40 km from Hanoi towards North Thang Long - Noi Bai expressway. It is not too hard and too far to reach Ham Lon Mountain. You can conquer this mountain during the day or you can stay longer if you want to watch the sunset and sunrise on the mountain.
Young people go camping at the foot of Ham Lon Mount
Young people go camping at the foot of Ham Lon Mount
You can start immediately climbing Ham Lon Mount or visit the Nui Bau Lake first. Nui Bau Lake lies at the mountain foot, amid the hills of green pine and acacia trees. The wild look has contributed to its charm.
You can transfer to Ham Lon Mount by motorbike or bus from Hanoi but the good choice to transfer is motorbike which you can enjoy new experiences.
 
2. Ba Vi National Park
 
Located in Son Tay town, Ba Vi National Park becomes the holiday rendezvous of Hanoians.  At a height of 1.100m compared to sea level with the cool atmosphere during a year, so Ba Vi is planned to become a tourism place for travelers.
Cactus garden - new ideal place for the young when visit Ba Vi National Park
Cactus garden - new ideal place for the young when visit Ba Vi National Park
 
Way to Thuong Temple - another famous site in the complex of Ba Vi National Park
Way to Thuong Temple - another famous site in the complex of Ba Vi National Park
The park’s famous for outstanding natural beauty, and is centered on 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. There is also a spa resort nestled at the foot of the mountain offering a host of natural therapies in an absolutely stunning setting.
You can soak up the fresh atmosphere from the gate of the national park with Lagerstroemia rows on two sides of the road. Furthermore, when visiting the inside of the national park, you'll impress with vestiges of France architecture resorts built in the 1940s.
Far 70km from Hanoi, you'll spend 1 hour to transfer by bus or motorbike even bicycle. You have to pay 40.000VND/person and 20.000 VND with students and children.
 
3, Tam Dao, Vinh Phuc province
 
Recently, Tam Dao becomes a favorite place for travel lovers. Spending 2 hours to transfer from Hanoi by car or motorbike. If you are adventure traveler, you can rent a motorbike in Old Quarter to go, but you have to remember that the road leads to Tam Dao is quite difficult and dangerous to move. Therefore, you shouldn’t choose scooper and travel in the evening.
 
Tam Dao hides in thick fog.
Tam Dao hides in thick fog.
Tam Dao - view from above
Tam Dao - view from above

When visiting Tam Dao, you'll feel like travelling to Sapa or Da Lat. The atmosphere is so fresh and cool as well. Moreover, Tam Dao has pretty places to visit such as Paradise Gate, Silver Waterfall, and the ancient church and so on which are suitable for families and friends.
 
4. Thanh Thuy Hot Spring
Thanh Thuy Hot Spring Resort is a 1km2 area, located to the west of the Da River. It belongs to Thanh Thuy district in Phu Pho Province. Only 65km away from Hanoi, it is an extremely rare and valuable source of hot spring in northern Vietnam. The water there is taken from the wells that are about 30m – 60m deep. In the swimming pools and the sauna bathtub, cold water must be added in order to cool off the hot water.
Thus, they usually say that cold water in Thanh Thuy is much more valuable than the so-called hot spring water. Interestingly, the water from hot spring there can help heal many arthritis and skin diseases.
After enjoying the wonderful hot spring water, visitors can savor many specialities of Thanh Thuy such as Stone Mountain Goat, Da River Fish, Thuong Chicken, etc. among which Da River Fish is the most famous cuisine. This is the type of fishes caught from Da River which produces a typical flavor when cooked: fragrant, sweet, but not buttery. The second-best choice is Thuong Chicken which is raised on the high mountains in Phu Tho.
 
  
Cam Anh
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