Such destinations are good for those who love relaxation and adventure and for families with small children and old people.

1 - Cao Bang and Bac Kan

These two neighboring provinces are in the Northeastern region. From Hanoi, it takes tourists some five and a half hour to drive to the localities, crossing National Highways 1A and 4A. Tourists are advised to stay two nights in Cao Bang and one night in Bac Kan (in Ba Be Lake area).

A fairy view on Lenin Spring

It is cool in the two localities which are home to many beautiful sceneries, and delicious food.

Should-to-visit places: In Cao Bang: Ban Gioc Waterfall, Thang Hen Lake, Lenin Spring, Karl Marx Mountain, Thung Mountain, Ban Gioc - Duc Puong one-day tour in Trung Khanh district.

Should-visit places in Bac Kan: Ba Be Lake, Puong Cave, Dau Dang Waterfall.

2 - Ninh Binh

A 3-4 day tour to Ninh Binh is suitable. It takes only one and a half hour to drive from Hanoi to Ninh Binh. Homestays near lotus lakes or paddy fields are Ninh Binh’s strength, helping tourists have a fulfilling holiday. A large number of luxury resorts in Trang An, Nho Quan, Tam Coc give tourists more choices.

The firefly and butterfly season in Cuc Phuong National Park has started and the golden rice season in Tam Coc is about to begin. Thus, tourists should consider these two places.

Should-visit places: Trang An, Tam Coc - Bich Dong, Mua Cave, Hoa Lu ancient capital, Bai Dinh Pagoda, Am Tiem Cave, Van Long lagoon, Phat Diem Cathedral, Cuc Phuong National Park. 

3 - Co To, Quan Lan islands

Quan Lan and Co To islands in Quang Ninh province are among a few beaches in the North with clear, blue water and white sand. Tourists should spend 3-4 days on Co To Island and 2-3 days on Quan Lan Island. To reach these islands, tourists have to travel by cars, boats or speedboats. Both places are suitable for families with old people and children because the sea is calm there.

A view at the big Co To Island

From Hanoi, tourists drive more than 2 hours to Van Don district, and then board a speedboat to the islands from Cai Rong port. It takes some one and a half hour to get to Co To and 45 minutes to reach Quan Lan.

Should-visit places in Quan Lan: Quan Lan, Minh Chau, Son Hao, Robinson beaches, Quan Lan communal house, European lawn, and Gio (Wind) Strait peak.

Should-visit places in Co To: Big Co To Island (with Van Chay, Tinh Yeu, Hong Van, Bac Van beaches), Thanh Lan Island, Mong Rong stone beach, Co To lighthouse, love road.

4 - Beaches in Thanh Hoa

It is some 195km and takes about 3 hours to travel from Hanoi to Thanh Hoa. Tourists should stay in Thanh Hoa for 2-3 days.

In the province, Hai Linh and Dong in Nghi Son town, Tinh Gia district are beautiful and deserted beaches. Distinguished from crowded Hai Tien, Hai Hoa and Sam Son beaches, beaches in Nghi Son are pristine with long rows of casuarina equisetifolia trees, smooth sand and airy space. Visiting here, tourists can freely explore the life of local fishermen, taste seafood, try windsurfing, scuba diving, kayaking, play other water games, or go camping.

Should-visit places: Me Islet, Ba Lang traditional fish sauce trade village.

5 - Quang Binh

It takes tourists about 8 hours to drive from Hanoi to Dong Hoi, Quang Binh which has sea, mountains, rivers, lakes, bringing different experiences to tourists. Food is diverse there.

Tan Hoa tourism village

Tourists can spend all five days of the holidays to explore Quang Binh with two nights in Nhat Le waters area, two nights in Phong Nha or Tan Hoa mountainous areas.

Should-visit places: Phong Nha and Thien Duong caves, Nhat Le beach, and 1-2-day tour exploring Tien, Tu Lan, or Va caves, Tan Hoa tourism village.

Source: vnexpress

Translated by Mai Huong