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The best destinations to combine with Halong Bay

Halong Bay was formed by millions of years of geological changes, which created thousands of islands. Famous with the beautiful landscape and grottoes caves, Halong Bay is one of destination shouldn’t miss in Vietnam holidays. You are planning to travel Vietnam,  why don’t you pay a short stay at some nearby destinations? You will have an unforgettable trip in Vietnam – we promise!

#1 - Hanoi 

The first destination is Hanoi – the capital of Vietnam. This city has Noi Bai international airport, convenient for tourists to arrive and departure. Most shuttle bus picks up from Hanoi to Halong bay, therefore, you shouldn’t miss to travel and visit in Hanoi city. You should explore Hanoi by checking this site Hanoi tours.

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Hanoi has the Old Quarter, the ancient commercial streets, each street named after original business hundreds years ago. Besides, many different attractions such as Hoan Kiem Lake, Temple of Literature, Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum,…

Best time to stay: 2-3 days
What to do: discovery Hanoi, Food tour, handicraft villages, Duong Lam ancient village, etc.

#2 - Sapa

Sapa is considered the tourist capital of mountainous north area of Vietnam, it is also known as “the Tonkinese Alps” because of its location 1500 meters (4921 feet) above sea level and on the western edge of a high plateau. The special location of Sapa makes it the only place in Vietnam has snow in winter time.  Sapa is famous for both its breathtaking, dramatic scenery and its rich cultural diversity.

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Coming to Sapa, you should do some trekking to Ta Van, Cat Cat and learn about the life of ethnic people. The local market is another highlight that you shouldn’t miss, especially love market, which is held on every weekend. The local folks love talking with tourists and unlike other parts of Vietnam, English is used widely in Sapa. The cable car is available now in Sapa to Fansipan mountain, but the traditional trekking route is still one of the challenges for adventure lovers. Besides, O Quy Ho Pass should be written down on your list, it is one of the most spectacular passes and to be the most photographed pass of Vietnam.

Distance from Hanoi: 320 kilometers
Transportation option: train, car, express bus, motorbike
Time of stay: 2-4 days
Activities: Trekking, visiting the local market, homestay, visiting H’mong, Dzao village.

#3 - Mai Chau valley

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Mai Chau is a nearby village and is a perfect place for short relaxing and experiencing Vietnam’s village life in a remote setting. Mai Chau is not a good place for trekking but it pleased you with emerald mountains and green terraces. The best time for visiting Mai Chau is in Spring, from February to May, during that time, the plum flowers bloom brightly and strawberries are ready for you to harvest.

Distance from Hanoi: 150 kilometers
Transportation option: car, express bus, motorbike
Time of stay: 2-3 days
Activities: Trekking, homestay, biking and visiting Dzao village.

#4 - Yen Duc village

Yen Duc is a lovely village hidden among green paddy field. While the rice field is not a unique feature of the village, Yen Duc is remembered because of the friendly local. You can feel the warm welcoming as soon as you arrive.

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The meaning of visiting this village is to get your hands on daily tasks of local people. You will have chances to do some fishing with bamboo baskets, join in rice making process, broom making, and cooking class.

Your experience will not be fulfilled without “puppet water show” – a traditional and unique form of art which is still fascinated and performed in Vietnam. The show in Yen Duc was performed by local farmers after their day word, and it tells stories, folk tales and legends related to daily life activities: the celebration of the rice harvest, dragon and phoenix dancing, and much more.

Distance from Hanoi: 100 kilometers
Distance from Halong Bay: 60 kilometers
Transportation option: car, express bus, motorbike
Time of stay: 2-3 days
Activities: Biking, visiting local markets, fishing with bamboo baskets, watching water puppet show and etc.

#5 - Ninh Binh

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Ninh Binh is a lovely destination which is blessed with magnificent landscapes. The city of Ninh Binh may offer little to no interest to the international tourist, but surrounding area has plenty of options for travelers who want to spend a few days discovering the wealth of natural attractions without being annoyed by crowds. The Tam Coc – Bich Dong is known as inland Halong Bay, while Trang An is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Coming to Ninh Binh, you cannot miss Trang An area, just less than 10 km from the city center, this distance is extremely suitable for biking. One interesting figure is that Trang An is home to about 577 plant species including 10 species listed in the Red Book of Vietnam.

Distance from Hanoi: 100 kilometers
Distance from Halong Bay: 60 kilometers
Transportation option: car, express bus, motorbike, train
Time of stay: 2-3 days
Activities: Biking, visiting Trang An, Phat Diem Cathedral, Galaxy cave

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