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Vietnam

Travel around Hanoi and nearby area

In the next March, I will fly to Vietnam. Last year, I went to Ho Chi Minh city for work and also visited some places near the city. But the time is quite limited so I couldn't go to visit Hanoi. This time, I have two weeks' leave and visit some places around Hanoi, maybe Halong. Any other places to visit? Can we visit all the good places in 2 weeks? Is it necessary to have a tour guide?

7 Answers

answered by
Edward

2 weeks are enough for you to visit almost all the destinations in the North Vietnam. Besides Hạ Long, you may go to visit Mai Châu DistrictSa Pa DistrictNinh Binh. March is good time to visit the North. The weather is ideal in these places. 


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answered by
Mary

2 weeks are enough for you to visit almost all the destinations in the North Vietnam. Besides Hạ Long Bay, you may go to visit Mai Châu District, Sa Pa District, and Ninh Binh. March is good time to visit the North. The weather is ideal in these places. 


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  4. Ninh Binh (city)


answered by
Anh from Hanoi

Hi David,

There's options for you in Hanoi and nearby. Two weeks are pretty nice. You could take some guided tour, combined with some days free & easy to discover places by yourself.

If I were you I will draft the schedule as below:

Day 1 - 2: Hanoi city, some handicraft villages surrounding (Bát Tràng pottery village, Dương Lâmancient village, Ba Vi National Park). Highly recommend to try a bike tour to see Hanoi and villages nearby.

Day 3: Ninh Binh excursion, visist Hoa Lư ancient temple and boat trip through the caves. You can also stay overnight here, peaceful and natural.

Day 4-5-6/ or -7: Sa Pa District or tt. Mai Châuvalley, trekking and meet unique minority people. Homestay might nice experience.

Day 8-9/ or 10: Halong Bay Vietnam

Ba Be lake is nice and off the tourists trails, maybe you can consider.

Day 11 - 12 - 13 - 14: May fly down to middle Vietnam, see ancient Hoi AnHueDa Nang.

Weather: March is quite cool and nice, however it's light wet and humidity for a few days. So a water proof light jacket or an umbrella is useful for those days.

If you need further advice about hotels or further details, please fel free to let me know if I can help anything.

Anh


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  2. Dương Lâm (attraction)
  3. Ba Vi National Park (attraction)
  4. Ninh Binh (city)
  5. Hoa Lư (attraction)
  6. Sa Pa District (attraction)
  7. tt. Mai Châu (attraction)
  8. Halong Bay Vietnam (attraction)
  9. Hoi An (city)
  10. Hue (city)
  11. Da Nang (city)


answered by
Linda

Hanoi Old Quarter is the most worthwhile place in Hanoi. You can walk around and enjoy good food here such as bun cha, pho Hang Ga, bun dau mam tom, and so on. Visiting some villages near Hanoi (Bát Tràng, pottery village, Dương Lâmancient village). These villages are not as crowded as Hanoi urban area and bring many Vietnamese cultural feature. Hạ Long Bayis also a good idea; the beach here is very beautiful.


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answered by
John

From Hanoi, you take a bus at Mỹ Đình 2 to Bãi Cháy (Hạ Long Bay. You should spend 2 days 1 night here. After the trip to Halong, you come back Hanoi to get to Mai Châu District and Sa Pa. To go to Sapa, maybe you have to take a night train. In reality, it is not difficult to transfer from area to area. There are many tours you can book in Hanoi to transfer to other places. 


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  4. Hạ Long Bay (attraction)
  5. Mai Châu District (attraction)
  6. Sa Pa (city)


answered by
Diep from Thuy Anh, Thái Bình, Vietnam

Hanoi Old Quarter is the most worthwhile place in Hanoi. You can walk around and enjoy good food here such as bun cha, pho Hang Ga, bun dau mam tom, and so on. Visiting some villages near Hanoi (Bát Tràng pottery village, Dương Lâmancient village). These villages are not as crowded as Hanoi urban area and bring many Vietnamese cultural feature. Halong is also a good idea; the beach here is very beautiful.


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answered first by
claus

I would recommend Ha Long Bay and Sapa Vietnam as the most obvious places to visit in that region. You can do it without a guide if you like. Vietnam is quite easy to travel on your own and you have many small local travel agencies in Hanoi that can help you if you should need it when you are there.


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