Hàm Lợn (Pig Jaw) Mountain
Only an hour drive from downtown Hanoi, Ham Lon Mountain is one of the most popular destinations for outdoor lovers and adventure seekers. Fresh air, untamed bush, pine forests with Nui Bau Lake at the base of the mountain make it perfect for a camping site. There are camping spots available alongside the lake or higher up on the mountain. You can rent all camping equipment like tents, sleeping bags and tarpaulin covering, etc from the campsite’s valet for an overnight stay (a two-person tent for approx. 70,000 VND or a four-person tent for approximately 100,000 VND). Day trippers pay a parking fee of 15,000 VND. No electricity provided will definitely give you a detox from modern technology and city lights to really immerse yourself into the beautiful scenery and nature. There aren’t any restaurants close to the camping site so be prepared to bring your own food supply. Other than camping, fishing, barbecues and picnics, this is also a popular attraction for mountain hikers. There are two main hiking trails. The easier one takes about two and a half hours to complete while the more challenging one can take up to four hours.
Đồng Mô (Son Tay, Hanoi)
Dong Mo resort and cultural village of Vietnam is surrounded by Dong Mo lake and the dense forest of Son Tinh island. This is a great tourist attraction for local and foreigners alike who love nature and are fond of golf. With a poetic valley and a man-made reservoir covering 1,500 ha and more than 20 inlets Dong Mo offers numerous outdoor activities such as camping, fishing and golfing. There is an international 36-hole golf course on King Island with a premium resort on the site. Pretty villas partially hidden in the woods mirrored on the clear and tranquil water of the lake. Located 40 km west of Hanoi, Dong Mo is a perfect place to unwind and relax in a slow-paced environment for all budget levels. There are many hotels and resorts scattering around the lake located on different islands. The most well-known island among university students and young adults is Phuong island since it offers camping services. If you want to spend the night or need a place to rest during the day, there are two main accommodation types: camping tents and stilt houses. While a camping tent can accommodate up to 6 people costing around 400,000 VND – 600,000 VND, a stilt house is more suitable for a much larger group of friends since it costs about 2,500,000 VND per night.
Đại Lải lake (Vĩnh Phúc)
Only about 45km from Hanoi, and belongs to Vinh Phuc Province, Dai Lai lake covers 525 hectares, surrounded by greenery of a protective forest. From the bathing lake one can go to the top of Mount Kỳ Lân (Unicorn) in the south to admire the scenery from above. In addition, visitors can visit the village of Sàn Dìu to discover more about customs and enjoy extremely special and interesting ethnic dishes. Dai Lai is a romantic and peaceful place, where one can participate in many outdoor activities such as bathing, swimming, boat cycling, boat trip to visit the island around Dai Lai lake, sightseeing and hiking to the nearby mountains. This is a perfect destination for a short holiday with family and friends. There is an entrance fee to Dai Lai resort costing about VND285.000 per adult and VND195.000 per children. If you want to stay there for a few days to explore the whole place, there are many options for you to consider. You can stay in average hotels outside of Dai Lai for 500,000 VND to 2,000,000 VND per night or you can stay at Dai Lai Resort which we highly recommend so you can enjoy Dai Lai to the fullest by renting a whole villa. This is more suitable and economical if you’re travelling with family or a group of friends. There are many types of villas with different prices for you to choose ranging from 5,000,000 VND to 10,000,000 VND per night.
Tam Đảo (Vĩnh Phúc)
Tam Dao has always been a popular destination for travellers and weekenders. This small town is located in Vinh Phuc province, about 80 km from Hanoi. It was discovered and developed by the French in the late nineteenth century. A lot of works such as: villas, entertainment centers, playground and hotels in Tam Dao with very busy restaurants were built but through many ups and downs of history there is not much left from that time. Still there are many tourist attractions here such as the Ancient Stone Church, Silver Waterfall or TV tower… The temperature at Tam Dao is always pleasant ranging from 18 degrees to 25 degrees Celsius. A cool climate, combined with the natural scenery, it’s perfect for a relaxing short break from the urban life. When it comes to accomodation, Tam Dao offers some of the cheapest hotels and resorts on the market with spacious and comfortable rooms ranging from around 400 VND to 1,500,000 VND per night.
Tram Mountain is just 30km south of Hanoi, located in Phung Chau, Chuong My district, in the relics of Tram Pagoda. Núi Tram is known for the giant rock plateau outside of Hanoi. Majestic and pristine nature highlights large uniquely-shaped boulders that make up the undeniable beauty of Mount Tram. It’s a great place for trekking and picnicking, suitable for young people who love nature and want to conquer challenges. From the top of Trầm Mountain, you can see the picturesque scenery of Đáy River, beautiful terrain and caves. Although the mountain is not too high, the slopes are very steep so be careful when climbing up top. At Trầm Mountain, you can set up camp and have an outdoor barbecue with friends. However, you need to prepare the necessary equipment for the camp because there is no services around the area. Alternatively, you can come to visit a number of nearby temples such as Trầm Pagoda, Vo Vi Pagoda and Hundred Pagoda (about 3 km from Tram Mountain).