Hanoi – the capital of Vietnam is renowned for its peaceful atmosphere and valuable culture. Travelers all over the world visit Hanoi every year to explore the beauty of Hanoi tourist attractions.
They tend to have tours around Hanoi city center, visiting some famous historical relics such as Thang Long Imperial City, Temple of Literature, and Hanoi Old Quarter. However, not many of them are aware of the beauty of a different part of Hanoi, which is suburban Hanoi. Suburban area of Hanoi possesses many fascinating destinations where visitors can experience the tranquil atmosphere of northern Vietnam without tolerating the hustle and bustle of the city.
The following are some must-visit destinations in suburban Hanoi that will definitely make tourists fall in love at first sight.
1. Duong Lam Ancient Village
Located 40 km to the west of Hanoi city center, Duong Lam is the oldest village in Vietnam. It attracts visitors with the architectural features of a typical old Vietnamese village which have remained unchanged for centuries.
Gate to Duong Lam Village (Source: Internet)
Duong Lam Village has a history of about 1,200 years with many houses dating back up to nearly 400 years. Nowadays, the village still retains the basic characteristics of a typical Vietnamese village with a village’s gate, communal houses, pagodas, temples, a village’s well, and rice paddies.
Duong Lam is also the hometown of two Vietnam’s Kings, Phung Hung (761-802) and Ngo Quyen (896-944). Both figures led resistance wars against the Chinese invasion and were crowned Kings of ancient Vietnam Dynasties.
An old house in Duong Lam Village (Source: Internet)
Duong Lam is among the most beautiful Hanoi Tourist Attractions. Visiting the village, visitors will immerse themselves in the tranquil atmosphere of a typical Vietnamese Village and have an opportunity to explore the customs and norms of local people. It is also interesting to have a meal with local people in ancient houses.
2. Bat Trang Ceramic Village
Bat Trang is a small traditional village located about 13 km to the southeast of Hanoi. The village is renowned for its ceramic and pottery products of high quality. Recently learning to make ceramic products has become one of the top things to do in Hanoi.
Bat Trang Ceramic and Pottery Village (Source: Internet)
In documents, the history of Bat Trang Village dates back to the 15th or the 16th century; however, local people believe the village appeared much earlier. Legend has it that during Ly Dynasty, scholars who had been sent to China came back to Bat Trang Village to teach locals how to make ceramic products. After times, the village has gradually transferred from a normal ceramic village into a famous center. Pottery products from Bat Trang have been widely used as household furniture in Vietnam and other countries.
Learn how to make ceramic product (Source: Internet)
Travelling to Bat Trang, visitors are enabled to understand more about the historical and traditional values of the village as well as its products. Also, it is interesting to try making a ceramic product by themselves!
3. Co Loa Citadel
Situated in Dong Anh District, Co Loa is the oldest citadel of Vietnam, of which history dated back to the 3rd century B.C. The site was the trace of the Dong Son culture of the Bronze Age. It is absolutely a Hanoi Tourist Attraction that history lovers cannot miss.
Co Loa from above (Source: Internet)
Co Loa Citadel was built in a spiral-shaped type, thus called “Loa” citadel – a speaker shape citadel. The citadel is believed to have 9 walls, and be surrounded by deep moats that enable boats to transfer easily. However, there are only 3 walls left: the Outer Wall, the Middle Wall, and the Center Wall. The total length is approximately 16 km.
Visiting Co Loa Citadel, not only do travelers learn about the history of ancient Vietnam via historical relics but they can also pay a visit to some interesting places to see the high cultural values and the familiar landscape of a peaceful northern Vietnam village.
4. Ba Vi National Park
For those wanting to explore the typical tropical forest, Ba Vi National Park is absolutely a must-see destination in Vietnam. Ba Vi is an ideal place for people to run away from busy cities.
An old church in Ba Vi (Source: Internet)
Ba Vi is a three-peaked mountain which provides cool fresh mountain air in a mystical atmospheric backdrop of clouds and tropical rainforests. The three peaks are Dinh Vua (1,296 m), Tan Vien (1,226 m), and Ngoc Hoa (1,131 m). Tourists often climb up to the summit of Tan Vien to visit an ancient shrine with a history dating back to the 11th century.
View from Tan Vien Summit (Source: Internet)
The national park is also a great place to walk and hike. You will go through plenty of forest trails and mountain slopes and have a chance to explore the biodiversity of the rainforests. The view from the summits is also incredibly majestic.
Ba Vi is also famous as a fascinating camping site. You can put up your own tents in the forest and sit around the campfire telling stories and singing. Amazing, isn’t it?
The peaceful Hanoi possesses lots of interesting destinations. The four places which hanoitravelreviews have listed are definitely suitable for your holidays. Pack your luggage and enjoy your time!