Attractions around West Lake

West Lake is the pride of Hanoi and Vietnam because of its large size and spectacular scenery. Especially, there are many historical and cultural heritages which are related to the development of Thang Long, Hanoi around the lake.

Located in the northern center of Hanoi, West Lake is the biggest freshwater lake in Hanoi covering 500 ha. With a shore length of 17 km (about 10.6 miles), it is the ideal place for walking and wondering under trees’ foliage. This is also a preferable dating place for couples due to wide-open space and romantic scenery.

West Lake has a lot of amusement parks attracting tourists, and famous historical heritages, traditional handicraft villages whose cultural values have been passed through books. If you have chance to come to West Lake, you should spend time visiting these attracting sites:

  1. Kim Lien Pagoda

Located in Quang An village, Tay Ho district, the pagoda is one of 10 vestiges that have the most original architecture in Vietnam. Kim Lien pagoda architecture is of bringing royal appearance. Its gates is made of wood and sophisticatedly carved. From the gate leading into a courtyard on three parallel folds ranked Temple in the shape of triangle. Inside, the pagoda worships Buddha, the Holy Mother and Princess Tu Hoa. Besides, the pagoda still stores the precious artifacts that are stele dating from 1445.

  1. Tay Ho Pagoda

Being built in 1700s, it is located on a large peninsula in the middle of the West Lake shore in Hanoi. Although its scale is not too large, its location is extremely suitable for people who come here to pray. The pagoda worships Lieu Hanh Goodness – one of 4 immortals in Vietnamese belief.

  1. Tran Quoc Pagoda

It is the most ancient pagoda of Thang Long, Hanoi, has a 1500-year-history, located in the eastern West Lake. Nowadays, the pagoda still stores many valuable monuments in which there is a wooden statue of Gautama Buddha, the most beautiful statue in Vietnam. Tran Quoc Pagoda is not only the sacred place but also the tourist site which attracts a lot of visitors.

  1. Traditional ancient villages

Around the West Lake, there is a system of ancient villages which have different typical famous occupation: Nhat Tan village famous for growing flower peach, Tu Lien village well-known for kumquat and Yen Phu villages for pleasure fishes,…

Besides, when having a tour around the West Lake, travellers will also have opportunity to wondering through the most beautiful streets in Hanoi such as: Thanh Nien street, Ve Ho street, Nhat Chieu street, Yen Hoa street, Quang Ba street,.. and to feel busy life of local people.

Perfume Pagoda

Perfume Pagoda is a complex of culture – religion and a famous beauty-spot in Vietnam in general and Hanoi in particular. Perfume Pagoda festival annually starts in January and finishes in March according to Lunar calendar.

Also known as Huong Son Pagoda, the pagoda was built in XVII century and rebuilt in 1988 in Huong Son Village, My Duc District, Hanoi, and 70 km far from city center. Tourist guests can visit the whole complex just in a day or some days depending on your time.

Traveling to Perfume Pagoda, visitors have chance to enjoy amazing landscapes with a lot of up and down mountains when rowing boat along Yen Stream. Arriving at this pagoda, the first destination you should explore is Thien Tru pagoda, and then take a cable or walk to Huong Tich Cave. These are 2 outstanding places in Perfume Pagoda that should not be missed in one day trip.

Perfume Pagoda Tour is divided into 4 different routes for visitors easily decide what to see. If you just go a – day – trip, you can take Huong Son route according to the itinerary: Trinh Temple – Tien Son Cave – Giai Oan Pagoda – Tran Song temple – Huong Tich cave – Hinh Bong Temple. If your trip lasts  2 days, you can visit Huong Son route first and then discover Tuyet Son route according to the itinerary: Bao Dai pagoda – Chua Ca cave – Tuyet Son cave or Long Van route: Long Van pagoda – Long Van Cave – Sung Sam cave.

When visiting Perfume Pagoda, visitors will not only enjoy amazing sights, incredible caves and unique ancient pagodas’ architecture, but also have chance to try special food like apricot or different kinds of sweet soup. Along two sides to Perfume Pagoda, there are numerous souvenirs so that you can choose and buy anything you want.

Actually, to make it more easily, you should choose reliable tourist agencies helping you organize a tour to Perfume Pagoda. If you go with a group tour, the price is about  550.000 VND to 650.000 VND per person. The cost for a private tour is usually much higher than that.

Duong Lam ancient village in Hanoi

Being Vietnam historical and cultural heritage, Duong Lam ancient village belongs to Son Tay town, about 50 km far from Hanoi. It is considered the soul of traditional villages with old buildings, wells, courtyards which are more than 100 years old.

Duong Lam ancient village still remains the traditional beauty and cultural characteristics of Vietnamese people. When visiting the village, tourists will have chance to admire typical laterite and muddy houses, the roads which are bending as streams. Duong Lam is also the hometown of 2 kings with 2 temples worshiping Ngo Quyen king and Phung Hung king for their merit of protecting the country from invaders.

Means of transportation to Duong Lam is quite simple. Visitors can travel by motorbike in the direction of Thang Long Avenue or 32 Highway. Another popular mean of transportation is the bus, you can choose 1 of these 3 buses to go to Duong Lam village: Bus number 70 from Kim Ma bus station, bus number 77 from Ha Dong bus station and bus number 71 from My Dinh bus station. Besides, if you have enough money, you also can catch a coach or a taxi arriving from the center of Hanoi to Son Tay town.

When being in Duong Lam ancient village, tourists should go to these famous places in the national historic vestige area:

  1. Mong Phu temple

Located in the center of the village, the temple was built from Le Trung Hung dynasty then being restored many times. The temple worships the God of Tan Vien mount, one of four immortals of Vietnamese.

  1. Phung Hung temple

Duong Lam is the hometown of Phung Hung national hero who helped to fight against Duong dynasty (China). To memorize the captain’s merit, people built the temple in a high land area where is surrounded by a lot of old trees.

  1. Tomb of King Ngo Quyen

Worshiping the first king of Ngo dynasty in Vietnam, the tomb is 500m away from Phung Hung temple. The space is wide-open and there is a large rice paddy in the front. Surrounding the tomb of Ngo Quyen, there are vestiges such as streblus row for tying elephants nearby and Hum hill where the king helped local people to abolish the tiger.

  1. Mia pagoda

Being built with a small-scale from 1632, the pagoda then has been opened and restored for several times. It now stores a largest number of artistic statues in Vietnam with 287 different statues.

  1. Ancient houses

Having a tour around Duong Lam, tourists will be impressed by ancient house rows which were made of laterite and have retained the architecture from 400 years ago. Moreover, you also have opportunity to discover the famous method of making jars remained for many years in traditional families.


Famous traditional handicraft villages around Hanoi

Many tourists want to visit traditional handicraft villages around Hanoi where they can  buy some original souvenirs for friends and relatives.

In suburb area of Hanoi and neighboring provinces, there are many traditional villages with various items. Tourists can go to these places every day by different means of transportation such as buses, motorbikes or cars. Visiting them, you have chance to directly see original handicrafts which are famous not only in Vietnam but also in the world.

These below typical traditional villages around Hanoi would be an idea for you to have most interesting trips when coming to Vietnam – a land rich for cultural values.

  1. Bat Trang ceramic village

On the left bank of Red River, belonging to Gia Lam district, Bat Trang ceramic village is one of traditional villages that attracts most of tourists. It is famous for producing ceramic goods such as: bow, pot, vase,… with a long history through Nguyen, Tran, Le, Vuong, Pham dynasty.

Vehicles to Bat Trang are quite simple, you just need to catch the bus number 47 to the village and explore ceramic markets, visit families making ceramic and pottery products, and be free to create your own items made of clay with only 30.000 to 50.000 VND (about 2 dollars).

  1. Van Phuc silk village

Being famous for providing fine, high-quality silk products for the whole country, Van Phuc or so-called Ha Dong silk village is situated in Van Phuc town, Ha Dong district, 10 km far away from city center. Nowadays, it still stores images of traditional villages with old trees, temple, wells,… and silk-making with 1000 weaving looms, providing goods for domestic and international market.

According to historical materials, Van Phuc silk is advanced items only for royal families long time ago. Craftsmen have retained items’ value until now. When visiting Van Phuc silk village, visitors can buy authentic traditional silk designed with special patterns. Especially, the clothes material is so special that it is warm in the winter and cool in the summer when wearing.

  1. Dao Thuc water puppet village

Water puppet is considered the art of summer festival in Vietnam villages. Red River Delta area has 14 water puppet villages, of which Dao Thuc is famous for 300-year-history.

Dao Thuc water puppet village belongs to Dong Anh district- Hanoi, 300km away from city center in direction of Long Bien Bridge. Nowadays, Dao Thuc village has 20 people taking part in water puppet activities. This type of art use water environment for performing the puppet and hiding the artiste’s control.

  1. Quat Dong embroidery village

The village is 23km away from city center and belongs to Quat Dong commune, Thuong Tien, Hanoi. It produces sophisticated and refined embroidery art works which contain Vietnamese cultural values. Visiting Quat Dong embroidery village, visitors can buy embroidering scenery pictures about symbols of Vietnam tourism such as One Pillar Pagoda, Sword Lake, Uncle Ho stilt house,…

  1. Chang Son Carpentry Village

The carpentry village is located in Thach That district, Hanoi, has a history of 200 years. The village has population of 10000 with 3000 people who making fans. Major products are produced with various styles and colors such as picture fan, silk fan, paper fan, bamboo tape fan,… Tourists are free to choose a beautiful cheap fan for your own.

  1. Dinh Cong Jewelry Village

Situated in Dinh Cong Thuong ward, Hoang Mai district, Hanoi, Dinh Cong jewelry village is famous for jewelry made of silver, having flower, leave, bird shapes: chain, air-ring, bracelet, ring, silver souvenirs,…



Attractions around Hoan Kiem Lake

Being one of the famous typical tourist sites of Hanoi, Hoan Kiem Lake attracts people by the beauty spots around.

Located in the centre of capital city, Hoan Kiem Lake is a popular tourist area with charming scenery and the unique historical monuments.

If you have a chance to visit Hoan Kiem Lake, hereafter are must-see destinations:

Ngoc Son Temple:

Ngoc Son Temple was built from the century XIX on a small island at the North of Hoan Kiem Lake. The Temple is a place to worship the national heroes.  The main temple consists of two sub-temples linking to each other.

The first temple is in the North where worship General Tran Hung Dao who was accorded his own separate altar. The next temple was built to worship two scholars named Van Xuong and La To

Besides, to the South of Ngoc Son Temple is Tran Ba communal house (wave-guard communal house) which is in square shape. Its two-layer roof is supported by eight pillars, four outside ones are in stone while the remaining inside is in wood.

The Huc Bridge:

Built in 1865, The Huc Bridge is a typical example of the architecture connecting Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple. The name of bridge means “retained beautiful light of the sun”. It was made of wood and painted in dark-red color. It’s said that to be broken at the end of the century XIX and rebuilt then. The Huc Bridge attracts many tourists visiting everyday

Pen Tower and Pink Stand

In 1865, a mandarin named Nguyen Van Sieu and people renovated Ngoc Son Temple. On the Mount Ngoc Boi, he built a stone tower with the top in brush shape, on the body of the tower are three carved characters “Ta Thanh Thien” which called Pen Tower today.

Next to the Pen Tower is the Pink Stand on which placed a stone ink-slab shaping a peach half carried by three frogs. People said that, every year, there’s one day when the sun rise, the shape of Pen Tower’s top will meet the Pink Stand

Turtle Tower

Turtle Tower was built in the century XIX in the South of Hoan Kiem Lake and has been known as a typical character of Hanoi.

In Hoan Kiem Lake, there’s a special kind of turtle which shell is 1 – 2 metres wide. Sometimes in autumn, the turtles appear on the grass of the tower. Nowadays, Turtle Tower is becoming familiar to every local as well as international visitors.

King Ly Thai To Park

Ly Thai To Statue is a statue standing near Hoan Kiem Lake. It commemorates the founder and first king of the Ly Dynasty, which rulted the land known today as Vietnam for more than two hundred years, from 1009 to 1225AD. The dynasty was founded by Ly Cong Uan, who changed his name to Ly Thai To when he ascended the throne. It was Ly Thai To who moved the capital to Thang Long, near present-day Hanoi, and this move resulted in the eventual founding of Hanoi as a city and present-day capital.

Ly Thai To Park is the place to organize meetings or activities of local people. Coming here, visitors can stop here and relax in very hot summer.

On the whole, there are 5 fascinating destinations we recommend you go around Hoan Kiem Lake. It can help you discover and view the sights or historical constructions in Hanoi.

Tips for getting the view of wild sunflowers in Ba Vi

Lately, more and more people coming to Ba Vi on Vietnam vacation package to enjoy the gorgeous yellow of wild sunflowers

This writing will show you necessary tips for a perfect wild sunflower hunt. Get ready to have marvelous pictures in your Vietnam travel packages?

  • Hunting time

Wild sunflowers are usually called “ winter flowers” as they usually  bloom in late fall and early winter. Wild sunflowers season begins in early November and such flowers fully bloom in a period of 10-14 days.

  • Transportation

There are many ways to get to Ba Vi National Park. If you live in Ha Dong, you can go to Yen Nghia coach station and take the bus no 214. From My Dinh, you can take the bus no 71 or no 74.  These buses will take you to Xuan Khanh. Then you can either take a taxi or motorbike taxi to go to Ba Vi.

In order to be more active in transportation, you can drive personal vehicles such as car or motorbike. Then you can choose between 2 options:

wild flower in Ba vi

wild flower in Ba vi

  • 1st option: The starting place is BigC Thang Long located as Tran Duy Hung street, Hanoi capital. You could travel along Thang Long highway. Keep on going until you reach Hoa Lac overpass. Go straight ahead and you will see a traffic sign post to Yen Bai town.
  • 2nd option: This will be more convenient for those who live in Cau Giay District. Drive along National Route 32. When you reach a crossroad at Son Tay coach station, turn left and keep on going until you see another crossroad near Hospital No105. Continue driving about 9 kilometers and you will reach Tan Linh T-junction. Turn left and drive a distance until you see a Ba Vi ticket office.
  1. Accomodation

A lot of tourists choose to stay in a tent and make a campfire at night in order to save money. However, If you find it not uncomfortable, you can choose hotels, resorts or homestay.

  1. Foods

You should pack snacks and drinks. This will help you save money for your trip. However, If you want to try Ba Vi cuisine, professional restaurants such as La Co or Ao Vua are recommended.

  1. Places to get the view of wild sunflowers in Ba Vi National Park

The purpose of the trip is to enjoy the beauty of wild sunflowers, so hill no 500 must not be missed. From the gate of the park, you will have to walk until you reach the height of 400 meters. Then you will come across a T-junction which leads to a historical site. You must ask for permission before entering hill No 700. When you reach Forest Fires Observatory, turn left and you will see wild sunflowers hill.

Apart from wild sunflowers hill, there are other places such as Thuong temple, K9 site , Thien Son-  Nga stream, Khoang Xanh- Tien stream.

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Ho Chi Minh complex, the heart of Vietnamese people.

The President Ho Chi Minh (Uncle Ho) is not only UNESCO Celebrity but also the National Liberation Hero. He was recognized by UNESCO as the one who “devoted his whole life to the national liberation of the Vietnamese people…”. In honor of the President’s gratitude, the Government had the Ho Chi Minh Complex established inside capital Hanoi after he was gone. Ho Chi Minh complex consists of 4 destinations you should visit:

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum started to be built in Ba Dinh Square, where he read the Independence Declaration on September 2nd, 1945. The opening time is 5 days a week, except Monday and Friday. Coming here, visitors should dress formally and have polite attitude. No camera, cell phone, bare-shoulder T-shirts, or miniskirts are allowed inside.

Ho Chi Minh’s Residence, belonging to Ho Chi Minh Complex, is the longest place Uncle Ho worked and lived in his whole life.

The stilt house was made from wood, styled as stilt house of ethnic people in the Northern Vietnam. All relics, document about the life and thought of President Ho Chi Minh during the time he lived in the stilt house have been preserved until now.

The fishpond has 3000 square meter and 3 meters in depth with different types of fishes. When Uncle Ho was alive, he suggested transforming this area to a fishpond to improve the life as well as moderate the air.

The One-Pillar Pagoda

One of the must-see places in Ho Chi Minh Complex Complex is the One-Pillar Pagoda which has the most unique and ancient architecture. It’s also a cultural heritage of Hanoi capital.

Built in 1049 under the Ly Dynasty, the One-Pillar Pagoda was made from wood and constructed in the shape of a lotus with special details

Ho Chi Minh Museum

Ho Chi Minh Museum is one of the biggest museums in Vietnam where documents, relics about President Ho Chi Minh’s life and career are displayed

Visiting Ho Chi Minh Complex, you will have chance to learn more about President Ho Chi Minh as well as Vietnamese’s grateful attitude to the Father of nation

The famous destinations in Hanoi

If you have chance to visit Hanoi, you will be truly impressed by the local’s lives and popular attractions which particularly features the capital city of Vietnam’s character.

There are a lot of well-known attractions, which are familiar to anyone coming to Hanoi-the incredible city of Vietnam.

Turtle Tower – Sword Lake

Located in the middle of the Sword Lake (Hoan Kiem Lake), Turtle Tower is the most typical symbol in Hanoi. Going around the lake, visitors can contemplate the ancient and holy beauty of the tower from the distance.

Coming here, visitors also have chance to visit The Huc Bridge and Ngoc Son Temple and take photos to capture moments at the Pen Tower and Ink Stand

Furthermore, there are some attractions around the area such as Hanoi Opera House as well as the Old Quarter. Especially at weekends, visitors can go shopping at night at Old Quarter with numerous and amazingly cheap items.

Temple of Literature – The Imperial Academy

As the very first university in Vietnam, Temple of Literature – The Imperial Academy attracts a number of indoor and outdoor arrivals. The Temple of Literature is a place to honor Vietnamese people’s traditional fondness of learning. A lot of candidates come to the temple to pray for luck and success before examination every year.

One- Pillar Pagoda

One- Pillar Pagoda is also one of the famous symbols of Hanoi. It can be said that the pagoda owns the most unique structure in Vietnam. It is made from wood and the construction was supported by only 1 pillar under Ly Dynasty. The Pagoda was dedicated to Buddha with a lot of mysterious legendary.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is situated on Ba Dinh Square. The opening days for visitors are every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. The Mausoleum is a place to preserve Uncle Ho’s body – The great Father of the Vietnamese people. Therefore, when coming to this place, visitors need to wear formal clothes and appropriate attitudes.

St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Hanoi

St. Joseph’s Cathedral was built in 1886 and designed according to the neo-gothic style. The place is also the headquarter of Hanoi archdiocese

The most impressive feature of the Cathedral is a big ben put in the middle and 5 belts in 2 towers. Outside and inside the church has outstanding and incredible design, which attracts lot of visitors.

Old Quarter in Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi Old Quarter is one of the country’s top tourist hot spots where you can find many houses in traditional architecture, good food and local people’s lifestyle.

Located in Hoan Kiem Distric, the Old Quarter was the major commercial centre during the Ly, Tran Dynasty. Now, This area has been preserved so that local and foreign tourists can come and visit it everyday.

Visitors can find many ancient commercial streets which are named after their original businesses, enjoy some of the original goods as well as get a feel of rich old Vietnamese customs.

Fascinating attractions in Hanoi Old Quarter.

Hoan Kiem Lake

Located on the way to the Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake has got Turtle Tower and Ngoc Son Temple with amazingly legendary stories which make this place the top tourist hot spot.

Besides, wandering around Hoan Kiem Lake, tourist guests can view as well as capture the moments at the Pen Tower, Ink Stand and The Huc Bridge.

The Ancient House in Ma May street

Located at 87 Ma May Street, the ancient house has been renovated and preserved as one of cultural relics of capital. Visitors can admire the typical architecture of ancient house, Hanoian’s local lifestyle and ancient artifacts since the 19 century.

Dong Xuan market

Located in the old quarter of Hanoi, Dong Xuan market is the oldest and largest market in Hanoi. This market is also a place for wholesale shipped to surrounding areas. However, travelers still are able to find wide ranges of retail stall models.

Quan Chuong Gate

Built in 1749 and restored in 1804, Quan Chuong Gate was officially as a historic relic site. It exhibits a typical architecture of the Nguyen Dynasty and made of brick and stone in big seize.

The Old Quarter Cuisine Discovery.

Bun Cha in Hang Manh street

Being one of famous dishes of the old quarter, Bun Cha Hang Manh has its own special flavour. It’s served with grilled fatty pork (cha) over a plate of white rice noodle (bun) and herbs with a side dish of dipping sauce. You are usually satisfied with this cuisine whenever tasting.

Banh Cuon in Hang Ga Street

If you have tried Banh Cuon (steamed rice pancakes rolled with pork and mushroom) in Hang Ga Street, you would never forget its special flavor of seasoned ground pork, mushrooms, and shallots. You can try Banh cuon in many places, but only in Hang Ga, you can enjoy at its best.

Bun Thang

If you want to try Hanoi Cuisine, 26 Hang Manh Street is your destination. Combo Noodle Soup is made of Vietnamese Ham, salted eggs, sweet and salty preserved radish, dried shrimp, chicken,…… dipped in simmered bone water.

Cha Ca La Vong

You’ll find fried fish – the special dish in La Vong restaurant on Cha Ca Street. Fish is seasoned and grilled on coal, then fried in oil. The restaurant is decorated with wood; it looks like an ancient house.

Hanoi Markets

The most bustling markets in Hanoi always attract a lot of visitors by various commodities and delicious cuisine with traditional flavor.

Discovering famous markets in Hanoi, visitors have chances to buy a lot of souvenirs such as handicrafts, ceramics, silk, accessories or sugared dry apricot, green rice and lotus tea.

If you plan to explore and go shopping in Hanoi, you should visit below markets:

Hom market

Located at 79 Hue Street, Hom Market is probably the best place for fabric, not just inside, but also in the many shops across the road – they specialize in particular materials and weaves. Additionally, they sell wide range of fruits by peddling.

Cooked dishes with Hanoi traditional flavor are always available at Hom Market so that visitors can buy food to enjoy with families and friends

Long Bien Market

Long Bien Market is known as the central market of fruits and vegetable in Hanoi where visitors can find large numbers of trucks and people starting their business at 10 p every  night. By midnight, the sounds of people haggling and yelling blend with those of truck and motorbike engines and horns. Coming here, you will feel the pace of busy life and the local’s work.

Dong Xuan Market

As the largest market in Hanoi, Dong Xuan is good for fabrics, electronic as well as household appliances and souvenirs. A recent innovation is a late night outdoor market and a long line of small food stalls selling a variety of traditional street food such as noodles, rolled cakes, fermented pork rolls,…..

Hang Be Market

Hang Be Market is nestled in the heart of the Old Quarter, 5 minute walk from the Hoan Kiem Lake. This place still conserve market’s traditional features and Hanoian’s cultural atmosphere.

Hang Be Market also is famous for offering all kinds of goods, which are uncooked meat, cooked meat, fruits, dry food, worshiping items……from regions in Vietnam.

Thanh Cong Market

Located on La Thanh, Giang Vo – far away from Old Quarters, Thanh Cong Market is very busy and bustling with numerous eye-catching stalls. For those people who are looking for an authentic food experience, Thanh Cong is an ideal destination because there are a lot of street food like dried beef salad, shrimp and pork dumpling, snail noodle soup, oyster rice porridge, black been sweet soup, mango sweet soup, Thai sweet soup……

Nghia Tan market

Visiting Nghia Tan market in the winter, travelers can have a chance to buy coats as well as sweaters with good prices. It is also famous for students’ favorite street foods such as Vietnamese rice and pork pyramid dumplings, tofu, half-hatched duck eggs, boiled snails in ginger fish sauce, fermented pork rolls…