4 Memorable Day Trips if You’re Staying in Hanoi

Cat Ba, Vietnam. Photo by David Emrich on Unsplash

Hanoi is an incredible city with lots to offer. It’s also conveniently close to some of Vietnam’s most breathtaking landscapes. Here are four easy day trips you can take from Hanoi.

Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh is just a two-hour bus ride away from Hanoi. The curious mountainscapes are so otherworldly that they featured in Jack Black’s remake of King Kong.


Of all of the rice fields in Southeast Asia, the Sapa rice fields are some of the most memorable. A convenient train ride away from the Hanoi center, you won’t regret taking a couple of days out of your trip out to visit this natural treasure.

Ha Long Bay

No trip to Vietnam is complete without visiting the famous Ha Long Bay. It’s a little tricky to get to, but your Instagram followers will thank you.

Cat Ba

Cat Ba is a unique little island filled with untouched Vietnamese jungle. If you are seeking an unforgettable hike just 3 hours from the center of Hanoi, Cat Ba is a must. Don’t forget to check out the caves while you’re there.