For those who do not prefer to travel far to crowded touristy destinations on the upcoming four-day holiday to celebrate Reunification Day (April 30) and International Workers' Day (May 1), Hanoi and the surrounding districts have something to offer to everyone.
Camping on the outskirts of Hanoi
Camping has become an ideal choice for many families who love spending their vacations in nature.
There are a number of camping spots around 30 to 40km away from Hanoi such as Suoi Hai Lake in Ba Vi District, Ham Lon Lake in Soc Son District, Quan Son Lake in My Duc District, Cua Khau Lake in Quoc Oai District, and Long Bien Longan Garden in Long Bien District.
Paragliding at Doi Bu Mountain
|A tourist experiences paragliding at Doi Bu Mountain, located on the border between Hanoi’s Chuong My District and Luong Son District in the northern province of Hoa Binh. Photo: Hien Mai / Tuoi Tre
Located on the border between Hanoi’s Chuong My District and Luong Son District in the northern province of Hoa Binh, Doi Bu Mountain is the perfect place for those who love the adventurous sky sport.
From up high, they can see the wild mountains or merge their souls with the forest below.
Each player will be accompanied by a professional paraglider who will assist and take photos while flying.
Each paragliding session costs between VND1.2 million and VND1.5 million per person for 30 minutes in the sky. (US$1 = VND22,984)
Cycling around and stand-up paddle boarding on West Lake
|A man cycles around West Lake in Hanoi. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre
The lake in the heart of Hanoi can be a place for interesting activities, too.
The 17km-long road around West Lake with nice landscapes along the way is a fascinating route for those who love cycling.
The best time to cycle around the lake is at sunrise or sunset.
Stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) on West Lake is also an exciting experience at the cost of VND200,000-250,000.
The best time to take a SUP tour is from 5:00 am to 8:30 am or from 4:00 pm to 6:30pm.
Visiting the Vietnam National Village for Ethnic Culture and Tourism
|Bahnar people play drums and gongs at the Vietnam National Village for Ethnic Culture and Tourism in Son Tay Town, Hanoi. Photo: Ha Quan / Tuoi Tre
With an area of nearly 200 hectares, the Vietnam National Village for Ethnic Culture and Tourism in Son Tay Town features the typical cultural features of Vietnam’s ethnic groups through architecture and cuisine.
Because of the large space, visitors can opt to rent a bicycle or electric scooter, or use a personal motorbike, to explore all the venues.
Buying souvenirs at Hoan Kiem Lake Walking Street
|A woman takes a picture of her friend while visiting Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi. Photo: Nguyen Hien / Tuoi Tre
The Hanoi Department of Tourism will organize a festival featuring activities including street performances, virtual tourism space; tourism businesses’ booths; a Hanoi-themed photo exhibition; and more.
The event will take place from April 29 to May 1.