For those who love the great outdoors and nature, the Ba Vi National Park in Vietnam offers much to discover and here’s a look at what awaits.
Planning Your Trip
This site is around 50 km from Hanoi; serviced apartment options near the CBD like Somerset Hoa Binh Hanoi make an ideal base for excursions to this attraction, about a 75-minute drive away. The dry season, from November to April, is generally the best time to visit and at the year’s end, many photograph wildflowers here too.
What to Expect
The Ba Vi National Park was once a French hill station and is known for its rich biodiversity, idyllic scenery and cool climate; no surprises it’s a popular place for weekend visits. A rich storehouse of flora including medicinal plants used by the Dao ethnic group, the site also has varied fauna from birdlife to flying squirrels.
The Three Peaks
The park is set amidst Ba Vi Mountain with three peaks of varying heights namely the Dinh Vua, Tan Vien and Ngoc Hoa peaks. They form a crest which at its tallest point is often shrouded in clouds adding to its enchantment. Not to be missed is a hike to the summit to visit the Ho Chi Minh Temple and take in the stunning vistas.
There are lots of trails for hiking and trekking through forests or up mountain slopes where you will find sacred temples, an ancient pagoda, tranquil streams and hidden waterfalls. An ancient French church, a scenic pine forest, a cactus garden, an orchid garden and the Ngoc Hoa Cave are some of the other sites of interest here.
Hanoi is an interesting destination because of its attractions and multi-cultural vibe. If it’s going to be your first time in Hanoi, make sure you plan it well.
Places to explore
Hanoi is a destination with many great attractions. But, if you are running short of time during your tour, prioritize the Hanoi Opera House, Water Puppet Theatre, Hoan Kiem Lake, and Ngoc Son. They shouldn’t be missed out on at any cost.
The best place in Hanoi for shopping is indeed the Hanoi Weekend Night Market. If you have time, head to Hang Gai Street and Lotte Centre for some good shopping moments.
Finding a good hotel in Hanoi is important. It’s not that difficult as long as you have world-class options such as Pan Pacific Hanoi. They offer great dining facilities too.
Head to Binh Minh’s Jazz Club at night when you are in Hanoi. For an authentic experience, head to the Bia Hoi Junction and mingle with the locals in style.
Things to know
Traffic is so intense in Hanoi, so you will have to tolerate this. Nights can be chaotic and busy, but you can enjoy all of it if you have a little patience.
Quan Thanh is a beautiful temple that also goes by the name of Tran Vu Quan. It is a temple that is dedicated to the worship of HuyenThien Tran Vu who aided the Vietnamese in the fight against most invaders. It has changed a lot in the last 10 centuries. Learn more right here.
The temple is located in the West Lake near the north gate of ancient Thang Long. It is very easy to find from a hotel in Hanoi, the likes of Pan Pacific Hanoi as it is considered one of the four antique towns of Hanoi and everyone knows where to find it.
The Unique Architecture
The temple is a great place to visit if you are one of those people who are interested in the architecture of Vietnam’s historic buildings. The temple was influenced by both the Taoist and Confucianist sects of Buddhism, something that is more apparent with the Nguyen Dynasty.
How to Get There
Getting to Quan Thanh temple is easy if you make your way to the Ba Dinh district of Hanoi. There are various modes of transport to get there, which we can discuss below.
The cheapest way of getting to Quan Thanh is by bus. Hanoi buses are common and fast and cost 7,000 VND. It’s a great mode of transport especially if you find it hard to find your way around the city.
Other Modes of Transport
Other modes of transport include the most expensive which is a chauffeured vehicle or taxi as well as motorbike rentals or the Hanoi cyclo.
If you’re vacationing in Hanoi, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding new and exciting attractions to visit. From ancient historical landmarks to sprawling marketplaces – there’s much and more to do in Vietnam’s wonderful capital city.
The Imperial Citadel
Recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Imperial Citadel is an important historical landmark. It once served as the ruling centre of Hanoi in ancient times and remained as such for over 8 centuries. If you’re staying at a major hotel Hanoi has on offer – say for example the Pan Pacific Hanoi – the citadel should just be a short walk away. Meaning, there’s no reason to miss out on this fantastic attraction!
Water Puppet Theatre
The ancient form of art that is water puppetry is still well and alive in Hanoi. The original – perhaps the best – theatre in town is the Thang Long Puppet Theatre. Here, you can watch whole casts of puppets sing, dance, and re-enact famous tales of the country’s past.
The Perfume Pagoda
The Perfume Pagoda is a series of Buddhist temples believed to have been constructed in the late 15th century. These continuously stretch upwards along the incline of the Son Mountains. As you begin your own ascent, you’ll find the serene surrounding lend a peaceful atmosphere to this fantastic attraction.
Dong Xuan Market
The Dong Xuan Market is the largest shopping precinct you’ll find in Hanoi. After a long tour of all the city’s sights and attractions, this is the perfect place to pick out some souvenirs and memorabilia to remind yourself of all the adventures you had in Hanoi.