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Must-visit tourist attractions in Hanoi's mountainous district
Jenna Duong 13:37, 2023/12/09
With topography ideal for alternative tourism, Ba Vi District in northwest Hanoi has become an increasingly compelling destination for domestic and foreign tourists.

Located about 60 kilometers from the center of Hanoi, Ba Vi District is one of the most prominent destinations on the outskirts of Hanoi, capable of stimulating travel demand to the capital.

 Visitors to Ba Vi National Park. Photo: Melia Ba Vi Mountain Retreat

The district has great potential for ecotourism, vacation and sports such as mountain climbing and trekking, medical tourism and spiritual tourism, thanks to the advantages of diversified terrain with mountains, rivers and forests.

Below are the top tourist attractions in Ba Vi that are worth exploring.

Ba Vi National Park

Ba Vi National Park is a vast forest that encompasses the three highest peaks of the Ba Vi mountain range: Vua, Tan Vien and Ngoc Hoa. This place is home to legends from the nation's founding period and a wealth of wildlife.

With its favorable natural conditions and fresh climate, Ba Vi National Park is an ideal place for a vacation or weekend getaway.

In particular, it's easy to find convenient places to eat if you don't want to carry food. It is also a great place to camp overnight.

Once winter arrives, thousands of tiny marigolds bloom in Ba Vi National Park, turning the landscape a magical shade of orange. Photo: Check in Vietnam

Son Tinh Camp

Son Tinh Camp is a campsite near the center of Hanoi with a rather large area and untouched vegetation. This place has spectacular scenery in a fresh and pleasant climate and a good shelter in the scorching summer.

Setting up camp here, tourists can challenge themselves through team building activities. In addition to picnic-friendly services on summer days, a variety of tents and homestay houses are available for different kinds of stay: single, double, group, family, and campsite rentals.

 Son Tinh Camp, Ba Vi District, Hanoi. Photo: Son Tinh Camp

Ao Vua 


About 60 kilometers from downtown Hanoi, Ao Vua Eco-tourism Complex offers majestic natural beauty and fresh air.

There are a number of breathtaking streams and waterfalls, as well as man-made structures such as entertainment areas with swimming pools, slides, wild bird gardens or statue gardens.

In addition, nature has provided this place with a large lake, beautiful scenery and crystal clear water where visitors can relax and enjoy the fresh air. Ao Vua is the ideal place for anyone to recharge their energy after a stressful working day.
Ao Vua Eco-tourism Complex stretches at the foot of the legendary Tan Vien Mountain. Coming here, you will be immersed in a vast space of Vietnamese culture, filled with stories of Hung Due Vuong kings, Princess Ngoc Hoa, Son Tinh-Thuy Tinh (Mountain God-Water God) epic war.

 Ao Vua is an ideal tourist destination in summer. Photo: Lucky Hotel Hanoi

Thien Son-Suoi Nga Eco-tourism Zone

Located only about 50 kilometers west of central Hanoi, Thien Son-Suoi Nga Eco-tourism Area is in the middle of a forested valley with a cool climate all year round. At Thien Son-Suoi Nga, visitors will surely enjoy the heavenly clear air.

A tour of Thien Son-Suoi Nga involves exploring the three sub-areas of Ha Son, Trung Son and Ngoan Son. You can also camp here for a reasonable price of only 1,500,000 VND per night. This includes the campsite, firewood, corn, cassava and potatoes to roast. If you only visit the area during the day, you should prepare cold food, which is more convenient than a meal in a restaurant.

 Travelers go kayaking at the Thien Son - Suoi Nga eco-tourism area. Photo courtesy of the tourist site

Vietnam National Village of Ethnic Culture and Tourism

The Cultural Village of 54 Vietnamese Ethnic Groups is part of the Dong Mo Tourist Area in Son Tay Town, more than 40 kilometers from downtown Hanoi. This area is characterized by a variety of hilly landscapes near tranquil lakes and valleys.

The village offers cultural and tourism specialties of 54 Vietnamese ethnic groups.

The Vietnam National Village for Ethnic Culture and Tourism has seven functional areas, namely Ethnic Villages, World Heritage Site, Culture and Entertainment Center, Marina Park, General Service and Tourism, Dong Mo Lake's Surface Greenery, and Management Office. Walking around the village, visitors can have fun and mingle with nature, especially the refreshing clear water.

 The Hani people in the Dong Mo tourist area in Son Tay Town, Ba Vi District. Photo: VNA

Tien Sa Lake

Tien Sa Lake Tourist Area lies at the foot of Tan Vien Mountain in Tan Linh Commune, covering an area of 150 hectares at an altitude of 65-400 meters. This place is surrounded by a lush green forest of 120 hectares, a vast lake with an area of over 20 hectares, and a cool temperate climate. Visiting Tien Sa Lake, tourists will be immersed in the majestic and romantic natural scenery with highlights of bright yellow tree marigolds and bright pink bougainvillea.

There are also floating houses on the lake, where you can sit and fish or let your soul float to the rhythm of the waves. Young couples often hop on pontoon boats to have fun on the water. If you have an adventurous personality, there are also surfing and tour guides to show visitors around the lake. The dedicated and attentive service staff is sure to make your vacation even more enjoyable.

  Tien Sa Lake. Photo: Ho Tien Sa Lake - Ba Vi
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