The Hanoi Adventure Guide: 5 Hidden Gems off the Beaten Track

The city of Hanoi is a hugely popular tourist spot with a thrumming and exciting atmosphere and a huge amount of sights and attractions for the intrepid traveller to voyage to and explore. It doesn’t matter if you’re coming through the city of Hanoi with your family, with friends or as part of a tour – you won’t be let down with the amount of incredible things to do and experience here. The incredible culture present here has been crafted in many ways by the French and Chinese influences that have played a role in this city’s development over the years. Many people will go to Hanoi and then leave reporting it to be one of the prettiest cities in all of Asia. Not a bad bit of praise for this coastal spot. This city really does have it all – from the luxury and excitement of high-rise hotels through to street markets and kerbside dining spots. There really is something to be found for everyone here. But what about when you have exhausted yourself eating Pho and just really want to get away from the tourist hoardes for a while? Well, you need to get yourself off to one of these incredible gems off the beaten track. Travezl’s Hanoi Tour Packages are among the best when it comes to both the tourist spots and the lesser-known locales – so let’s take a look.

Cruise along Halong Bay

Make sure you pick a nice sunny day for this activity. You can saddle up a few friends and hire a boat which will take you puttering around on this incredible patch of the world. Enjoy the sights of limestone cliffs, stunning lush rainforests and frolic in the emerald waters. You can kayak and scuba dive around here too so make sure you pack your swimmers.

Stroll the streets of the Old Quarter

There is plenty of stuff to see in the Old Quarter of Hanoi, and you might find that a single day spent here isn’t enough! Take an incredible sensory trip back in time in the Hoan Kiem District (as this spot is also known) and enjoy the sights and sounds of this wondrous spot. Stop in at the shops, sample the food and enjoy the atmosphere of this part of town.

The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Complex

While not necessarily off the beaten track per se – it’s still vital for you to stop in and see, and can be combined with a day trip with some more out of the way things, and some more touristy stops! Enjoy the surrounds which are lush gardens and beautiful bonsai trees.

Visit Ninh Binh

A trip along the Red River Delta will take you to Ninh Binh – a lush spot that has everything, from green paddies and hills to a beautiful coastline. Just a short ride (two and a half hours) from Hanoi, this is a great out of town experience and the perfect day trip.

Enjoy the show at the Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre show

Part of the culture in Vietnam for over 1000 years, this is a must-see. Make sure you make time to see this unique spectacle.

No matter which way your itinerary takes you in Hanoi, be sure to take it easy. Don’t stress about things, and don’t sweat the small stuff here. The pace of life is at once super fast and super relaxed, and you need to make sure you don’t fight it. Relax. You’re on holidays, after all! Let the Vietnam way of life take hold of you and ferry you to where you want to be.