If you want to spend the upcoming National Reunification Day and May Day holidays with your family and close friends at a nice place near the capital city, here are some suggestions.

Quang Ninh province, 160 km northeast of Hanoi, is an ideal destination with a number of beautiful places including Ha Long Bay, Bai Chay, Cat Ba, Co To and Quan Lan Islands.

The beautiful Tam Dao National Park stays refreshingly cool and is a top destination near Hanoi for a summer retreat.

Visiting Mai Chau, a small town in the northern mountainous province of Hoa Binh you will further experience Vietnam with a warm and welcoming population and unspoiled natural beauty.


Situated on the southern shore of the Red River Delta, Trang An is a spectacular landscape of limestone karst peaks permeated with valleys, some of which are submerged, and surrounded by steep, almost vertical cliffs.


Dai Lai Lake in Vinh Phuc province is the best place for kids who like water activities like rowing, fishing, and skiing.

At Ba Vi National Park which is about 60km from Hanoi, you can explore hidden mountain caves, stroll through splendid orchid gardens or tour ancient churches and other relics from the French colonial period.