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Weekend trip ideas.

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Weekend trip ideas.

I'm staying in Hanoi for a week longer than I anticipated and need an interesting place to go within either a 6-8 hr. or so ride (or even a short flight). I've been to Sa Pa twice previously and also done Halong Bay and was looking for something similar in uniqueness for this 3 day weekend. Any suggestions as to where might be a very interesting place to go or thing to do for 3 days (i.e. meditation retreat, spa, horseback trek etc.). Thank you all for your ideas.

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1. Re: Weekend trip ideas.

Ninh Binh. There are many unique attractions to visit in that province, using Ninh Binh town as a base. Moreover it's only about 100 kms from Hanoi so the travelling time is short.

Do a search on google images to get an idea of the beauty of the area.

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A second vote for Ninh Binh. Hiring a moped a rider is a fabulous way to see the sites and if you are looking for a fancy hotel for your stay there is the Emeralda Spa in the area. The town of NB isn't touristy and there isn't much to do in the evening but the scenery and countryside is lovely.

Another alternative could be to fly down to Dong Hoi and go and see the Paradise Cave. The Phong Nha Farmstay is a good place to base yourself and as above, the countryside is really worth seeing.

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3. Re: Weekend trip ideas.

Ninh Binh or Mai Chau

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4. Re: Weekend trip ideas.

Have you heard about " Duong Lam ancient village " ? It's far away from Hanoi about 50km, on the way to Duong Lam, you also can visit SON DONG tradiotional sculpture village where they make BUDDHA STATUES and worshiping objects - Moreover, some places else such as Van Phuc Silk Village, Tay Phuong pagoda.....Hope you have good time in Vietnam

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5. Re: Weekend trip ideas.

you can take 2 days 1 night to Duong Lam ancient village and stay overnight in moon garden or 3 days 2 nights trekking homestay in Mai Chau

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6. Re: Weekend trip ideas.

One more vote for Ninh Binh. You can take boat trip at Tam Coc. For a few extra $ you can have a private boat. It is touristy, but still relaxing and very beautiful ride. There is also another option that provides a less crowded, off-the-beaten path experience, Thung Nang. Both are beautiful, but the second may be a better option to avoid getting hassled by local hawkers.

Cheers.

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7. Re: Weekend trip ideas.

Tour to Mai Chau is a good choice for you. It's about 150 km from Ha Noi, You will have a chance to discover the life of ethnic group of Viet Nam by Bicycle ride to see farmers working in fields, locals weaving scarves and visit surrounding peaceful villages, Watch Thai traditional dance in the stilt house, Enjoy Tradidional alcohol (ruou can) with the community or Trekking in Pu Luong Nature Reserve, etc. Trekking home stay with the local people is an good ideal. Have a good trip!

Evitco Travel!

Edited: 02 January 2014, 10:16
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8. Re: Weekend trip ideas.

If you are still looking for wend trip ideas and like wildlife, consider Cuc Phuong National Park, including the Endangered Primate Rescue Centre (with langurs/leaf eating monkeys, lorises and gibbons), the Carnivore and Pangolin Conservation Program and Turtle Conservation Centre.

Cuc Phuong is cooler than Hanoi, up in limestone hills, and may take 4 hours from Hanoi. For more information, search on line and contact the centres directly, as my information is out-of-date.

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9. Re: Weekend trip ideas.

Cuc Phuong is only a couple of hours from Hanoi and can be part of a long weekend in Ninh Binh.

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10. Re: Weekend trip ideas.

Combine Mai Chau and Ninh Binh, you will have a great trip!