Top tourist spots in Hanoi’s mountainous area

Ba Vi District, located in the northwest of Hanoi, offers a picturesque landscape that is perfect for alternative tourism. This hidden gem has quickly gained popularity among both local and international travelers seeking unique and off-the-beaten-path experiences.


Located approximately 60 kilometers from Hanoi city center, Ba Vi District stands out as one of the top destinations on the outskirts of Hanoi, attracting a considerable number of tourists to the capital.

 Visitors at Ba Vi National Park. Photo: Melia Ba Vi Mountain Retreat

This district boasts abundant potential for ecotourism, recreational activities, such as mountain climbing and trekking, medical tourism, and spiritual tourism, thanks to its diverse landscape consisting of mountains, rivers, and forests.

Below, you will find a list of the top tourist attractions in Ba Vi District that are definitely worth exploring.

Ba Vi National Park

Ba Vi National Park is a vast forest area which covers the three highest peaks of Ba Vi mountain range: Vua, Tan Vien, and Ngoc Hoa. It is home to legends from the nation’s inception period and an array of wildlife.

With its favorable natural conditions and refreshing climate, Ba Vi National Park is an ideal vacation spot or weekend getaway.

In addition, if you wish to dine out instead of bringing your own food, you can easily find convenient eating places. Furthermore, it is also an excellent location for overnight camping.

 Thousands of marigolds bloom in Ba Vi National Park, transforming the scenery into a magical shade of orange during the winter. Photo: Check in Vietnam

Son Tinh Camp

Son Tinh Camp is a campsite located near Hanoi city center, boasting a vast area of untouched vegetation. It offers breathtaking landscapes in a pleasant and fresh climate, providing a perfect retreat from the scorching summer heat.

By choosing to camp here, tourists can engage in team-building activities to challenge themselves. In addition to picnic-friendly services on summer days, there are various types of accommodation available, including tents and homestay houses for individuals, couples, families, and larger groups.

 Son Tinh Camp, Ba Vi District, Hanoi. Photo: Son Tinh Camp

Ao Vua 

Situated at a distance of around 60 kilometers from downtown Hanoi, Ao Vua Eco-tourism Complex showcases majestic natural beauty and offers a refreshing atmosphere.

Visitors can explore breathtaking streams, waterfalls, as well as man-made structures, including entertainment areas with swimming pools, slides, wild bird gardens, and sculpture gardens.

In addition, nature has blessed this place with a large lake, providing beautiful scenery and crystal-clear water for visitors to relax and enjoy the fresh air. Ao Vua is an idyllic place for recharging one’s energy after a stressful workday.
The Ao Vua Eco-tourism Complex stretches out at the foot of the legendary Tan Vien Mountain, immersing visitors in a vast space imbued with Vietnamese culture, filled with stories of the Hung Due Vuong kings, Princess Ngoc Hoa, and the epic war between Son Tinh (the Mountain God) and Thuy Tinh (the Water God).

 Ao Vua is an ideal tourist destination during the summer. Photo: Lucky Hotel Hanoi

Thien Son-Suoi Nga Eco-tourism Zone

Located just 50 kilometers west of downtown Hanoi, the Thien Son-Suoi Nga Eco-tourism Area is situated amidst a forested valley, boasting a cool climate throughout the year. At Thien Son-Suoi Nga, visitors can truly indulge in the heavenly clear air.

A visit to Thien Son-Suoi Nga involves exploring three sub-areas: Ha Son, Trung Son, and Ngoan Son. The area also offers camping opportunities at an affordable price of just 1,500,000 VND per night. This includes the campsite, firewood, corn, cassava, and potatoes for roasting. If you choose to explore the area during the day, it is recommended to bring cold food, which is more convenient compared to eating at a restaurant.

 Travelers go kayaking at the Thien Son – Suoi Nga eco-tourism area. Photo courtesy of the tourist site

Vietnam National Village of Ethnic Culture and Tourism

The Cultural Village of 54 Vietnamese Ethnic Groups is part of the Dong Mo Tourist Area in Son Tay Town, more than 40 kilometers from downtown Hanoi. The area is characterized by its diverse hilly landscapes surrounded by tranquil lakes and valleys.

The village offers unique cultural experiences and showcases the rich traditions of all 54 Vietnamese ethnic groups.

The Vietnam National Village for Ethnic Culture and Tourism comprises seven functional areas, including Ethnic Villages, World Heritage Site, Culture and Entertainment Center, Marina Park, General Service and Tourism, Dong Mo Lake’s Surface Greenery, and Management Office. As you wander around the village, you can immerse yourself in the beauty of nature, especially the refreshing clear water.

 The Hani people in the Dong Mo tourist area in Son Tay Town, Ba Vi District. Photo: VNA

Tien Sa Lake

Floating houses are available on the lake, where visitors can partake in fishing or simply let their spirits float along with the rhythm of the waves. Young couples often hop on pontoon boats for a fun excursion on the water. For those seeking adventure, there are also surfing activities and tour guides available for exploring the lake’s surroundings. The dedicated and attentive staff ensures that your vacation is even more enjoyable.

  Tien Sa Lake. Photo: Ho Tien Sa Lake – Ba Vi