Le Mat Village in Hanoi: Snake Tasting & Unique Snake Festival

Vietnam is not only famous for its diverse and healthy cuisine but also for its quirky and a little scary dishes. If you love adventure, take a ride to Le Mat Village in Hanoi to enjoy the exotic snake menu. 

le mat village

You can also see firsthand the snake farm of local people as well as how they turn snake meat into luxury dishes in Vietnam. Participating in this half-day tour in Le Mat Village, you will understand about the local daily life in Vietnam.

1. The Tradition of Catching and Snake Farming in Le Mat Village

About 7 kilometers from Hanoi, Le Mat Village is famous for its tradition of catching and processing snake specialties. This village is probably home to a greater number of snake-catching people than anywhere in the Northern Delta region. This risky job requires a “secret” that passed down from generation to generation.

le mat village

From the 1960s to 1990s, Le Mat people caught snakes for providing restaurants or pharmaceutical purposes. In 1993, Vietnam imposed the international convention on the snake-breeding industry and some restrictions to protect the wildlife. After that, snake dishes have been completely eliminated. In 2007, Vietnamese authorities granted Le Mat a ‘craft village’ status as they understand the negative repercussions on the local dining economy. The reconciliation plans between raising snake and meat production are applied to increase the experience for visitors when visiting this village.

2. How to get to Le Mat Village

Traveling by bus is a convenient way to get to Le Mat Village (Bus No 10 to Long Bien Bus Station) for 30 minutes. After that, you can take a walk about a few hundred meters to this village. Besides, you can ask for help from a travel agent to have more enjoyable experiences during your journey to find out the most authentic things in Hanoi.

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3. Unique Snake Tasting in Le Mat Village

Nowadays, there are nearly 100 snake-farming households. 400 employees in Le Mat village and two large farms specialize to breed snakes and produce snake meat. Local people said that the origin of snakes in Vietnamese dishes began with blood. Snake blood is believed to heal headaches and cure sore throats and bone problems. Besides, snake meat is good for men to boost strength and virility. This quirky specialty attracts over 1000 domestic and foreign visitors to come to Le Mat Village. 

le mat village

Coming to local restaurants, you meet the owners whose arms are filled with many scars made by this dangerous reptile. Snake meat can be processed into 12 different traditional dishes or made based on the customer’s requests. Don’t worry! Local chefs dispel your fear with lots of delicious snake dishes mixing with seasonings and typical herbal leaves. Some appealing dishes you can look for trying that are snake soup meat, crispy snake meat, especially grilled snake skin.

4. Le Mat Village Festival

This village festival happens annually from March 20 to 24 of the lunar calendar which worships the Imperial Citadel of Le Mat village. It is the chance for children and grandchildren to gather and express their gratitude to their ancestors. The descendants take responsibility for offering gifts from the capital to Le Mat village communal house to attend the festival.

le mat festival

Participating in the unique festival, you have a chance to admire the special bamboo snake dancing in the legend associated with the origin of this village. Besides, local people also share their secrets of catching, breeding, treating venomous snakes as well as processing specialties about snake meat.


Discover The Oldest Van Phuc Silk Village in Hanoi

There is no doubt that the traditional silk product in Van Phuc village has become a world-famous national brand. Vietnamese silk went into poetry, music as a unique cultural symbol of Vietnam. Van Phuc silk village enchants visitors with distinctive embroidery lines and decorative patterns.

van phuc silk village

For many years, local people always invent new weaving techniques to create premium silk products. It makes Van Phuc silk village become one of the most visited Vietnamese traditional villages. Finding a peaceful getaway escape from your chaotic life and learning about the typical Vietnamese village life, Van Phuc village is the best place to go.

1. The history of Hanoi Van Phuc Silk Village

Between 1931 and 1932, Van Phuc gained popularity during an international silk exhibition at the Marseille Fair thanks to its smooth and lightweight silk products. Van Phuc Silk Village is regarded as the cradle of the Vietnamese silk-making industry for over two thousand years. Experiencing the ups and downs of long-lasting history, Van Phuc silk has been asserting increasingly their foothold in both domestic and international markets.

van phuc silk village

Legend said that Ms. La Thi Nuong lived in Cao Bang province who was a famous person with skillful weaving. She shared her Chinese weaving silk secrets with local people living in the village. She was worshipped as a tutelary deity after she passed away. There are nearly 90 percent of local households which join in silk production with over 1000 textile machinery. Every year, this village creates more than two million meters of silk for the Vietnamese silk-making industry.

2. The characteristics of Van Phuc Silk

For previous centuries, silk has been regarded as an extremely precious commodity representing the aristocracy, the richest, most powerful people. Nowadays, this village has become more crowded with colorful shops stretching out along the street. 

van phuc silk village

This village’s silk is notable across the world because of its natural materials, smooth, various colors, and reputation for durability. Additionally, the decorative patterns are always symmetric, decorative lines are not frizzy that can reach the perfect. To meet the changes and tastes of customers, local people are developing their silk and garment repertoire such as embroidered silks, wrinkled silks, diverse colors, hues as well as updating new techniques in dying and thermo-processing the threads.

3. Experience your half-day tour in Van Phuc Village

Van Phuc Village is suitable for a short trip of your day. It takes about three hours to stroll through the various stalls and stores. Upon arrival, you have an opportunity to explore the working steps to create the premium silks from planting mulberry trees to the processing of silk thread taken from boiled cocoons. Local people will show you how to spin, glue to weave silks and finish the silk wares.

van phuc silk village

Established over 100 years ago, this peaceful village still preserves its typical features of Vietnamese countryside such as massive banyan trees, wells, communal houses, and traditional fabric looms. Stepping into the ancient Vietnamese village, you feel like being back in time and escaping from the rush of daily life.


All You Need To Know Before Visiting Bat Trang Ceramic Village

Your Hanoi trip cannot be complete if you do not visit Vietnamese traditional villages, especially Bat Trang Ceramic Village. The village’s products are highly appreciated in both the domestic and international markets. 

bat trang ceramic village

What’s more, this village also has lots of amazing activities that are waiting for you and your family to explore. Here is some useful information about one of the oldest Vietnamese pottery villages that we want to share with you. Enjoy reading!

Introduction of Bat Trang Ceramic Village

If you love discovering Vietnam, I believe that you know about the famous Bat Trang Ceramic Products which have been exported in the world.  About 13 kilometers from Hanoi, Bat Trang Ceramic Village is the ancient tranquil village that has existed for over 500 years in the Ly dynasty. 

bat trang ceramic village

Along with making a national brand, Bat Trang Village has been experiencing the ups and downs of Vietnamese history as well as preserving the culturally national spirits. Become a real artisan in one day, why not? Let’s discover more with us below.

History of Bat Trang Ceramic Village

In some historical documents, Bat Trang Ceramic Village appeared on the 14th or 15th of the Ly dynasty. Local people often tell two stories related to the village’s origin. It is said that three Chinese scholars brought their pottery products into Vietnam and taught how to create premium products for local people. 

Another story said that many potters and crafters from different areas, especially the Nguyen Ninh Trang family, took advantage of lots of white clay in Bat Trang Village and built the kilns. As time went by, Bat Trang Ceramic Products have been gradually developing until now thanks to its high quality, various styles, and glaze. Bat Trang ceramic products are often daily household use such as cups, plates, pots, worshipping, or decoration. This village’s potters also customize their ceramic products fit with the aristocratic families and religious needs for oversea countries. 

Opening Hours: Daily 08:00 – 20:00

Location: Bat Trang, Gia Lam District, Hanoi City

Some Activities You Can Experience In Bat Trang Ceramic Village

Coming to this ancient village, you will be impressed with a vast selection of colorful items displaying along the alleyways. Have you ever been curious about the production process of beautiful porcelain artworks?

  • Participating in the pottery workshop: You not only see the skilled hands and meticulousness of local craftsmen but also have your hands-on experience in creating your own real ceramic piece with the dedicated guidance from local artisans. bat trang ceramic villageThis experience costs nearly VND 10,000, plus VND 50,000 for the artisans to help your ceramic artwork dry, decorate, and glaze as a real Bat Trang product. 
  • Visit the Ceramic Village and Van Van House: This place is filled with more than 400 precious pottery products from the 15th to the 19th century. 
  • Stroll through or join a buffalo tour: bat trang ceramic villageThis special transportation will bring you amazing experiences when going sightseeing.

Last but not least, the village’s products are also meaningful souvenirs for your loved ones.

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Amazing Things To Do To Get The Best Hanoi Food Experices

Established over 1000 years ago, the ancient capital of Vietnam, Hanoi, is rich in a unique blend of the East and West cultures with French influence. If you know about Vietnam, you probably know how diverse Vietnamese cuisine is.

food experiences in Hanoi

You can absolutely search for these quintessential flavors in some narrow Hanoi alleyways without visiting the world-class restaurants. Here are some food experiences that you can go and see for yourself! 

1. Dinner with a local family (Hanoi-an family)

This authentic experience is a perfect way to not only help you understand eating etiquette in the daily meals of Vietnamese people but also to enjoy the delicious and healthy Vietnamese dishes. Don’t hesitate to tell if you have a special food request! 

Dinner with a local family (Hanoi-an family) - hanoi food

The friendly owner of the house also shares with you some interesting stories about Vietnamese history, lifestyle, economy, social issues, and some fun Vietnam facts. Besides, you also see how the typical house in Hanoi is designed. 

2. Eggs coffee workshop

Strolling through every Hanoi street, you easily recognize that and Vietnamese people are caffein lovers. More than a normal dripping coffee, egg coffee is the Hanoi specialty in which a creamy soft, meringue-like egg white foam is perched on dense Vietnamese coffee.

egg coffee workshop - hanoi food

This workshop introduces you from the egg coffee’s origin to its formative process to create a special taste. After that, you enjoy your own cup of egg coffee made by yourself and get your certification. You also receive a special gift made by Bat Trang Ceramics from the organizer.

3. Walking foodie tour

Your Hanoi trip will not complete without enjoying a wide variety of Hanoi street foods. Here is a food list that you must try during your walking foodie tour:

3.1. Phở (Vietnamese Noodle Soup)

Vietnamese street food is one of the healthiest cuisines in the world because of its fresh, light, and gluten-free. Pho is regarded as the “ideal” option for your breakfast or lunch. This iconic soup may be the “unofficial” national dish thanks to its delicious broth that is made from an exclusive blend of herbs.


3.2. Bún Chả (Grilled Pork with Noodles)

Have you ever been curious about the savory scent emanating from the clouds of smoke rising from charcoal grills all around the city? This attractive dish comprises charring fatty pork to be served in a broth with white rice noodles, herbs, which was praised by President Barack Obama and Anthony Bourdain.

bun cha - hanoi food

3.3. Gỏi Cuốn (Vietnamese Spring Rolls)

Spring roll is a widely common dish of Vietnamese food that can be found in every Hanoi street. It can also be fried, called “Deep Fried Spring Rolls”, is one of the most favorite dishes on special occasions such as Tet and other family festivities. 

spring rolls - hanoi food

3.4. Bánh Tôm (Shrimp Cakes)

Both overlooking Hanoi’s peaceful West Lake and enjoying the crispy shrimp cakes will be your intriguing Hanoi food experience. Generated in the 1930s, this dish linked to the memories of the old-time and nostalgia when local people have to go with a torch at night-time just to manually catch every single shrimp. This simple recipe has just consisted of freshwater crayfish or shrimp, flour, and sweet potato.

shrimp cakes - hanoi food

Wanting to get a real Hanoi food experience and more, please accompany us to experience our best private food tours. 

Read more:  Hanoi – Cooking & Street Food Tour Full Day

Explore The Very Best of Hanoi: Try The TOP 5 Greatest Experiences!

Hanoi is renowned for its own charms with the old-world nostalgia and modern development. This destination is intriguing for both your short or long trip to Northern Vietnam. From a cup of intoxicated coffee to fast-paced life in every Hanoi corner, you will feel a separate breath in Hanoi that is different from other destinations.

the best of Hanoi

Are you ready to pack your luggage and start off your trip? Some suggestions below will help you get all the best of Hanoi from sights, sounds, and delectable tastes.

1. Cooking class by cyclo

More than a normal cooking class, you also have a chance to see the bustling Vietnamese local markets run every day by cyclo. Our cooking class is organized at Duong Restaurant situated near a number of famous spots such as Hanoi Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake, and Dong Xuan market.  

Cooking class by cyclo - the best of Hanoi

This class is run by Chef Duong, one of the most well-known Vietnamese chefs. He stands the 3rd in Top Chef Vietnam as well as has also been a familiar face on Iron Chef Vietnam. He will teach you his unique cooking recipes and the outstanding blend of spices in Hanoi dishes. 

2. Motorbike/ Cycling trip

The best way to feel the heartbeat of Hanoi is to immerse in the labyrinth of alleys and back streets that cars and buses cannot approach. Escaping from the narrow space, you are able to breathe fresh air, tap into the tranquil life outside, and the idyllic natural scenery in the Vietnamese countryside.

Motorbike/ Cycling trip - The best of Hanoi

Along with a fleet of brand new scooters and comprehensive travel insurance, we always focus on inspecting and maintaining motorbikes to ensure your safety. Besides, our professional and experienced tour guides will accompany you every mile and deliver you unforgettable memories throughout your trip.

3. DIY leather workshop

Established in 2014, this cozy workshop allows everyone to experience, to share, and know how to make creative handicrafts. Creating your own heaps of leather stuff for your loved ones as a souvenir, why not? 

For a beginner, it takes about 2-3 hours to complete one small product such as a phone case, passport holder, tote bag, and so on. The friendly staff will instruct you dedicatedly to help you make your DIY leatherwork by yourself.

4. Egg coffee workshop

The morning cup of coffee with Vietnamese Noodles became an indispensable habit of local people in particular and Vietnamese people in general. Particularly, egg coffee is the Hanoi specialty in which a creamy soft, meringue-like egg white foam is perched on dense Vietnamese coffee.

Egg coffee workshop - The best of Hanoi

This workshop introduces you to the origin of egg coffee, its formative process in creating a special taste. After that, you enjoy your own cup of egg coffee made by yourself and get your certification. Besides, you also receives a special gift made by Bat Trang Ceramics from the organizer.

5. Morning flower market

About 5 kilometers from the center of Hanoi, Quang Ba Flower Market is an amazing spot for buying a variety of flowers and discovering the working life of flower sellers at night. Previously, this local flower market was established spontaneously because of the self-sufficient needs of local people. After 1996, the market transferred to the current location, which is one of the largest night flower markets in the Northern part of Vietnam.

Morning flower market - the best of Hanoi

When everyone falls asleep, you can see this flower market “wake up”. Let’s get lost in the strange and colorful beauty of this unique “flower garden”! Purchasing flowers at night sounds weird, right? Don’t worry, we believe you will love it!

Don’t hesitate anymore! Take some notes, save these great experiences in Hanoi for your upcoming trip, why not? Want more things to do in Hanoi than just a city tour and tasting street food?

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3 Days In Hanoi and Halong Bay: Explore The Beauty of Northern Vietnam

Halong Bay - 3 days in hanoi and halong bay

Not only is the region home to the capital city, but Northern Vietnam is also an outstanding destination. You can immerse in the stunning beauty of turquoise seas, dazzling rice terraces, and divergent cultures. Hanoi and Halong Bay are the unrivaled treasure to explore during your 3-day itinerary in Northern.

Northern Vietnam - 3 days in hanoi and halong

Coming up with local experiences in 3 days in Hanoi and Halong Bay seems to be difficult. You do not need to worry, our handy travel guide will be useful for your trip. So, are you ready to explore Northern Vietnam known as a true adventure? Check it out now!

A Glimpse of Your 3-day Itinerary in Hanoi and Halong Bay

Hanoi and Halong Bay are the must-visit destinations in Northern Vietnam. The advisable time to visit two places is in the Spring (from March to May) because of pleasant weather, no rain, and no cloudy sky. Here is a brief of your trip in Hanoi and Halong in 3 days:

  • Day 1: Hanoi Arrival and discover the ancient capital city
  • Day 2: Explore Halong Bay – Bai Tu Long on your cruise
  • Day 3: Relax on Halong bay and come back to Hanoi city

A Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Start off your first adventure in Hanoi city

Arrival at Noi Bai airport in Hanoi. After a short break, we will take a cyclo tour around the old town.

1. Wander around Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake

Located near to Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi Old Quarter is one of the most attractive cultural and historical attractions in Hanoi. Getting lost in Hanoi Old Quarter on your one-hour cyclo tour is the best way to enjoy the bustle and hustle atmosphere here. Starting from the Dong Kinh Nghia Thuc Square, you can watch the old-styled houses hidden in a row of colorful shops.

Ho Guom Lake - 3 days in hanoi and halong

During the 15th century, there are a total of 76 streets (instead of the current 36 streets), in which each street name represents the name of the product the guild was specialized in. The long and narrow buildings called tube houses became a familiar image in the Old Quarter because taxes were imposed based on the width of their storefront. The bustling exchanging activities in markets and craft guilds take place in the east of the city. Also, the craft and agricultural village lies on the north and west of Hanoi city.

2. Enjoy the authentic tastes of Hanoi food

What’s more, you will round-eye with surprise by the fact that there is a whole range of products and dishes you can discover without planning in advance. One day is not enough for culinary exploration but our incentive food list can give you the most wonderful taste buds.

* Vietnamese Noodle (Pho)

Firstly, the melt-in-your-mouth flavor with a reasonable price (about $2) of Vietnamese noodles will make you full all day.

Vietnamese Pho - 3 days in hanoi and halong
– Pho Bat Dan – 49 Bat Dan street, Cua Dong Ward, Hoan Kiem District
– Pho Lam – 7 Nam Ngu Street, Cua Nam Ward, Hoan Kiem District

*, Grilled & Fried Fish with Rice Noodles (Cha ca)

Cha Ca involves pan-fried chunks of meaty, fatty skinned fish, turmeric, dill, peanuts, shrimp paste, and rice noodles.

Cha ca - 3 days in hanoi and halong
– Cha Ca La Vong – 84 Tran Quoc Toan Street, Tran Hung Dao Ward, Hoan Kiem District

*, Grilled Pork & Noodles (Bun Cha)

Lastly, bun cha is one of the national dishes in Vietnam. Do not forget to add fried spring rolls to your portion in order to fill your stomach with your unique local taste.

Bun cha - 3 days in hanoi and halong
– Bun Cha Hang Quat – 74 Hang Quat Street, Hang Gai Ward, Hoan Kiem District
– Bun Cha Huong Lien – 24 Le Van Huu street, Phan Chu Trinh Ward, Hai Ba Trung District

>> Fun Fact: Bun Cha is famous in the world when Anthony Bourdain and Barack Obama sat on little chairs to enjoy at Bún Chả Hương Liên.

3. Watch the cultural show “My Village” in Hanoi Opera House

Constructed in 1911, it is historical and cultural evidence of Vietnam under the ruling French. It is also the biggest theatre in Vietnam where is more appreciated than the theater in France. Specially, A wide range of important musical performances takes place in this French architectural landmark.

Specifically, this show offers you a deep insight into the traditional village life displaying through the new-circus approach. The bamboo trunk is the main acting tool throughout Lang Toi (My Village) with the skillful artists which create the acrobatics, breathtaking juggling, and graceful contortion. Additionally, this stage is combined with more than 20 different traditional Vietnamese instruments.

Address: No.01 Trang Tien Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.

4. Go sightseeing in the historical landmarks in the middle of Hanoi

*, Ngoc Son Temple

First of all, you will impress with the red wooden bridge (The Huc Bridge) connected with the mainland. Appeared more than 1000 years, this temple is dedicated to the national hero, Tran Hung Dao, who defeated the Mongols in the 13th century. Ngoc Son Temple is also called “Lake of the Returned Sword”. Specifically, it attached to the famous Vietnamese legend of “magical sword” which helped an emperor defeat the Chinese Ming Dynasty.

Ngoc Son Temple - 3 days in hanoi and halong

Inside this temple, you admire the traditional architecture of Vietnam pagodas. There is a wide range of large bronze Buddha statues, many ceramic artifacts, and a huge turtle found in the lake weighing apparently 250kg. Especially, it is also an ideal destination for you to rest and enjoy the breathtaking view of the lake.

*, Hoa Lo Prison ‘The Hanoi Hilton’

Known as Maison Centrale, Hoa Lo Prison was constructed during the long struggle of the French between 1886 to 1901. This place is a historical symbol of the Vietnamese patriots’ will and sacrifice for national independence. Furthermore, it also reminds the sufferings of Vietnamese revolutionaries in the 20th century.

Hoa Lo Prison - 3 days in hanoi and halong

You will watch the frightful French guillotine that is used to behead Vietnamese revolutionaries during the American War. The artifacts, the cramped confinement cells are clear evidence of hideous treatment for prisoners during the war. All you see in the current Hoa Lo Prison is just the small part of this complex because the majority of the prison was destroyed to build the luxurious complex – Hanoi Towers.

*, Van Mieu (Temple of Literature)

Near the Presidential palace and Vietnam Fine Arts Museum, the temple of Literature is the first university in Vietnam dedicated to Confucius, scholars, and sages. What’s more, this ancient temple offers traditional-style Vietnamese architecture, from the Well of Heavenly Clarity to pavilions, courtyards.

Temple of literature- 3 days in hanoi and halong

Established from the Ly and Tran dynasties, you will explore historic buildings where thousands of doctors graduated and contributed highly to the education and literature. Their name had been engraved on a stone stele which can be found on the top of the stone turtles.

*, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is one of the most visited destinations you cannot ignore when coming to Hanoi. This huge monumental marble edifice is the final resting place of Vietnamese leader, Ho Chi Minh, who declared the independence of Vietnam.

Ho Chi Minh mausoleum - 3 days in hanoi and halong

Vietnamese people call him the Great Father of the country. A tour around Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum only lasts for 1.5 hours, which gives you many historical secrets of Vietnam during the Vietnam War.

5. Have a nightlife on the Walking Street

Your Hanoi nightlife will not be complete without drinking beer on the sidewalk on Ta Hien Street or join in street activities with local people.

Ta Hien Street - 3 days in hanoi and halong

It only opens on the weekend (from Friday nights to Sunday nights). Take a short walk along the street, you can immerse in many street art performances and traditional games.

Day 2: Explore the natural wonder Halong Bay on your cruise

Halong Bay – “Descending Dragon Bay” has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage Site in 1994 and 2000. According to the legend, if Halong Bay is the Mother Dragon then Bai Tu Long Bay is the Child Dragon. Bai Tu Long is more primitive and pristine, with the luxury of having fewer tourists cruising around.

*, How to get to Halong Bay:

About 125km from Hanoi, it takes 2-2.5 hours to get from Hanoi to Halong Bay. There is a wide range of transportations you can use to go to Halong Bay such as a local bus, motorbike, private car, train, or waterways.

Halong Bay - 3 days in hanoi and halong

Taking a Halong Cruise is nice to admire the majestic beauty of limestone islands on 434 sq km of green-emerald sea.  With a 3-day itinerary in Hanoi and Halong Bay, we recommend you to choose a one-night cruise.

Route Lan Ha Bay – Cat Ba Island – Ha Long Bay (2D1N or longer) Halong Bay – Bai Tu Long Bay (2D1N or longer) Lan Ha Bay – Ha Long Bay – Bai Tu Long Bay (3D2N or longer)
Port Got Ferry Terminal (Cat Hai, Hai Phong) Hon Gai International Harbor (Halong City) Hon Gai International Harbor
Cruises Departing Paloma cruise, Lan Ha Legend cruise, Emerald cruise Dragon Pearl Junk, White Dolphin cruise, Huong Hai Sealife, Royal Wing, Dragon Legend, Swan Cruise and more Au Co, White Dolphin cruise, Royal Wing, Dragon Legend, Swan Cruise and more
Facility Hotel Style (Sea-view rooms with private bathrooms, spa, gym) Hotel Style (Sea-view rooms with private bathrooms, spa, gym) Hotel Style (Sea-view rooms with private bathrooms, spa, gym)
Type of Trips Private/Shared Cruise Private/Shared Cruise Private/Shared Cruise
Type of Boats Classic Wooden Junk / Modern Luxury Cruise Classic Wooden Junk / Modern Luxury Cruise Classic Wooden Junk / Modern Luxury Cruise
Capacity 1-40 cabins 1-40 cabins 1-40 cabins
Activities Cave visiting
Beach & inland activities
Floating village
Cave visiting
Beach activities
Floating village
Cave visiting
Beach & inland activities
Floating village

1. Marvel at the pristine and unspoiled beauty of Bai Tu Long Bay

Compared to Halong Bay, Bai Tu Long is more pristine and less-touristy, which is your ideal off-the-beaten-track destination that attracts many adventures recently.

Bai Tu Long - 3 days in hanoi and halong

To be specific, what makes Bai Tu Long special is the majestic nature of karsts and limestone mountains rising from the water. The route to Bai Tu Long is quite long with lesser attractions for various activities. However, you can enjoy the fresh air with the tranquil mode throughout your trip.

2. Get the heavenly sight from Thien Canh Son Cave

Situated in the tranquil region of Bai Tu Long Bay, you must climb up 60 steps to enter the cave. Opposite to the unassuming entrance, you will be round-eye with surprise by what is held within. It consists of three main caverns in which each strewn is filled with ethereal stalactites and stalagmites.

Thien Son Canh - 3 days in hanoi and halong

You’ll hear about the formation of Thien Canh Son cave as well as the special structure attached to recognizable objects such as lotus flower, a baby elephant. So, it is a good chance for extending your imagination and sense of humor. After finishing your exploration tour, it is nice to step back out into daylight and take some shots.

3. Kayaking on Cong Do Island

According to the National Geographic Adventures Magazine, Halong Bay is one of the top 25 kayaking destinations in the World. Many archaeologists prove that Cong Do Island had been a transit point of goods in the system of Van Don Commercial Port.

kayaking in cong do - 3 days in hanoi and halong

Located about 25km away from Bai Chay Wharf, Cong Do Island covers an area of nearly 23.4 sq km that is full of pristine coral reef and tropical forests. With its various winding hollows, it is perfect for your kayaking activity or trekking. Scuba diving is expected to develop in this area.

4. Make “spring rolls” and enjoy the evening activities

Nextly, you take part in one of the most refreshing travel experiences – the night squid fishing. The best time to catch the big-sized squids is from October and lasts till January of the next year, specifically on nights without the moon. However, it also depends on natural conditions and your luck. Do not worry and ask the local experienced fishers, they will help you.

making spring roll - 3 days in hanoi and halong

Last but not least, enjoying fresh squids with your family and friends is a reward for your hard work. We make sure that you will love the fancy feeling of the ink line exploding in your mouth. Moreover, you also gaze at the seawater surface sparkling with lights at night.

Day 3: Learn about the traditional fishing village & Come back to Hanoi

1. Watch amazing dawn on Bai Tu Long Bay

Participating in Tai Chi sessions is the best way to start your new day in Halong Bay. It is a martial art with the combination of breathing and slow movements, which helps you to refresh your body and soul, reduce stress as well as improve balance. Additionally, you can breathe the fresh air and witness the amazing dawn of the bay.

sunrise - 3 days in hanoi and halong

After that, you enjoy your breakfast with Vietnamese specialties including Vietnamese noodles, baguette, and coffee.

2. Visit Vung Vieng Fishing Village

You want to wander through the floating villages and understand about the traditional village life of fishermen here, Vung Vieng Fishing Village is your must-try destination. Located 24km from the mainland, more than 160 residents live in Vung Vieng Fishing Village still maintaining traditional features of fishing communities in Halong Bay.

Vung Vieng Fishign Village - 3 days in hanoi and halong

A trip to visit these villages you will gain a deep insight into their simple local lifestyle. They earn from fishing and a bit of traveling. After that, local fishermen will teach you how to catch fishes by using the fishing net as well as control the fishing rod. Experience one day as a real fisherman, why not? Sounds great!

Extend your trip to Ninh Binh or Sapa

If you can spend more time in Northern Vietnam, setting up your trip for the following day is a good idea. Therefore, you can refer more with our best tour as below:

1. Hanoi- Halong – Sapa – 7 Days

About 100km south of Hanoi, “Halong Bay on land” is surrounded by karst limestone cliffs and endless golden rice fields. This legendary land is famous in the world because of historical secrets and a massive system of pagodas.

2. Hanoi – Halong Bay – Ninh Binh Tour – 4 Days

In addition, Sapa town is another attractive spot with the poetic natural beauty with the diverse culture of the highland tribe groups.

Top 5+ Things To Do in Sapa on Rainy Day (Updated 2020)

hanoi rainy day activities

Known as “the Tonkinese Alps”, Sapa is a beautiful small town in Lao Cai Province which is home to diverse Vietnamese ethnic minorities. From the lush mountainous areas to golden rice fields to the unique culture of ethnic tribal groups, you will marvel at the stunning beauty of Sapa’s culture and ethnic people at each season. 

Sapa - Things to do in sapa in the rain

Travel to Sapa in the rain, you can admire the awe-inspiring beauties of Sapa. It sounds weird but worth a try! Here is a list of interesting things to do you can experience in Sapa when raining

Overview of Sapa Weather

Located in the mountainous area in Northern Vietnam, the weather in Sapa town changes rapidly. The dry season in Sapa lasts for three months from October to April. Specifically, the winter weather is quite cold from December and goes all the way to the end of February of the next year. The period from June to September is the rainy season, which is inconvenient to outdoor activities in Sapa.  

Sapa weather - Things to do in Sapa in the rain

However, a rainy day is perfect for you to refresh yourself and experience some indoor activities in Sapa. Do not forget to take a shot of majestic moments of terraced rice field or mist-covered Hoang Lien Son mountain ranges on the rainy day. Furthermore, it is a good chance to learn about the culture of local tribes-people. 

>>> See more: Infographic – The best time to visit Vietnam (Travel Guide & Tips 2020)

Things To Do In Sapa When Raining

1. Learn the culture of ethnic minorities in Sapa culture museum

Every corner of Sapa town is covered with the colorful culture of ethnic minorities. There are five main ethnic groups in Sapa that are the Hmong, Dao, Tay, Giay and Xa Pho. The majority of Sapa inhabitants are the Black H’ mong people with their distinctive traditional costumes. You can take your time to the Sapa Culture Museum to get to know about the diverse cultural differences among ethnic tribe groups.

Sapa Culture Museum - Things to do in Sapa in the rain

Before entering into the engaging exhibits, you will marvel at the attractive exterior of the stilt house. The Sapa Culture Museum offers the showcase of distinctive customs, traditions, cultures, and history of Sapa development. After that, there is a wide range of handicraft products, embroideries or clothes you can buy for your family and friends.

2. Buy some handicraft products in Sapa market

You can take a walk to get a deep understanding of the local daily life of local people. Go into Sapa market, you not only see the selling and buying activities but also join in the hub of Hmong, Dao, Nung ethnic lives. There are many local markets active every day, but there are some only open once or twice a month. Do not miss the chance to enjoy local specialties and buy interesting Sapa souvenirs. 

Sapa market - things to do in sapa in the rain

Moreover, Sapa pharmaceutical products and medicinal herbs are well-known in Vietnam. Amongst the famous medicinal herbs, raw honey, and dried mushrooms are always one of the most worth buying natural products. It is reasonable and good for your health. Additionally, you can enjoy fresh tropical fruits in Sapa markets such as apple, peach, and pear.

3. Admire the unique architecture of the Holy Rosary Church of Sapa

Come to Sapa town, you will be surprised by its French colonial architecture in Sapa buildings. Holy Rosary Church is a symbol of Sapa town built during the history of the French colony. Established in 1985, the Sapa church is in the middle of the main square where local activities and other cultural performances happen on Saturday. 

Holy Rosary Church of Sapa - things to do in sapa in the rain

The whole church was constructed from the combination of sand, lime, and molasses with the total areas more than 6000m2. By the 1930s, there are more than 200 French buildings, running water, sewage systems, telephones, telegraph lines. After the bombing in 1952, many of the French villas were destroyed.

4. Enjoy the most tasty flavors in Sapa

In addition to the distinctive culture and majestic nature, you must savor the local food with traditional Hmong-style cuisine when coming to Sapa town. Appeared more than 200 years, horse meat soup is a traditional dish of the H’ mong people in Sapa. It is one of the most horrifying food because of its unpleasant smell and taste. You can challenge yourself with this “special” dish or relax with many delicious specialties such as bamboo-tube rice, free-range pig, dried buffalo meat.

Thang Co - things to do in sapa in the rain

Another food adventure in Sapa town you cannot miss is a wine from Assam apple that is made from the fermentation of Assam apple. It is a kind of apple harvested from Hong Lien Son Mountain from August to October. To experience this flavor, you can go to these places to enjoy your food experiences:

  • A Quynh Restaurant
  • Moment Romantic Restaurant
  • A Nguyen Restaurant
  • Sapa Grilling Area
  • Fansipan Restaurant
  • Sapa Cuisine Restaurant

5. Drink your coffee at the cafe in the clouds

Sit on the veranda of a hillside cafe, enjoying the splendid mountainous views is one of the must-try experiences in Sapa in the rain. With a majestic background of valleys and mountains, you can watch the fluffy white clouds moving slowly. Do not forget to take shots of the breathtaking scenery of nature hidden in the clouds.

Drink coffee - things to do in sapa in the rain

One of the most famous coffee chains you can drop by is Cong Caphe that is famous in Sapa in particular, and Vietnam in general. This coffee shop has its military-style decor and vague lights that create a mellow atmosphere. It is described as “slightly hipster” by foreigners. You can also try one of the most delicious coffee in the world with a wide range of beverages such as iced coconut coffee, coffee with condensed milk, and so on. 

6. Participate in an H’ mong Sewing Class

Black H’ mong textiles is a precious treasure in Sapa due to their concentration on handmade items and natural dyes. They use embroidery primarily to make colorful clothes for the H’ mong New Year, which is called “flower cloth”. Many people said that Chinese people forbid H’mong people to use their original, written language. Therefore, they sew the symbols into their clothes to create messages for their communication.

Embroidery often uses the traditional motifs associated with treasure chests with elephant feet, dragon tails, nature, and animals. This sewing class lasts for about one hour. An experienced Black H’ mong woman will give you an overview of the fabrics, threads, and symbology as well as the development of embroidery in the ancient times. 

7. Get the panoramic view from a train across Muong Hoa Valley

Another thing you can explore is to watch the natural masterpiece from Muong Hoa Mountain Railway. This railway connects Sapa town with the Fansipan cable car station. 

Muong Hoa Valley - things to do in Sapa in the rain

Muong Hoa valley is home to many ethnic minority populations such as Ban Ho, Lao Chai, Ta Van, Ta Phin.  What makes this place attractive is that the terraced rice fields interwoven with the ground-breaking techniques on the high mountains of the H’mong and Dao peoples. 

8. Relax on the special bathing therapy of Red Dao ethnic people

Come to Sapa town, you have a chance to experience a special bathing therapy created by the Red Dao ethnic people. This traditional herbal water is extremely famous due to its healthy natural materials. Specifically, wild fokienia is one of the aromatic essential oil extraction that keeps your scent for a few days.

The bathing therapy of Red Dao people - things to do in sapa in the rain

A herbal bath has to use from 10 to 100 ingredients and boils for three hours. Maintaining bathing therapy every day is good for your health. It can reduce musculoskeletal pain, rheumatism, and treat some skin diseases. 

*, Some travel tips when traveling to Sapa in the rain:

You can face four seasons during a day but the average temperate of Sapa is approximately 15 degrees Celsius per year. It is necessary to put on warmer clothing to keep your body warm such as bringing a waterproof jacket, sweater, and wool socks. Remember to carry slip-resistant shoes to help you move easily!



Best time to visit North Vietnam(Hanoi, Halong Bay & Sapa) (updated 2020)

Hanoi – Halong Bay and Sapa are located in Northern Vietnam. Therefore the weather share the same patterns. In the recent years, the weather in Vietnam is fluctuated and it is hard to give form predictions of each month as it can be changed from day to day. However, in this article, we will offer some general suggestions and how to make the most of your trip even in the bad weather. Let’s explore!

See more: Best time to visit Vietnam and suggested places month-to- month

North Vietnam (Hanoi – Halong Bay – Sapa) Weather in general

Hanoi – Halong Bay and Sapa are located in Northern Vietnam. Unlike weather in the South, North Vietnam weather has 4 distinct seasons:

August to October:  the weather is quite pleasant in North vietnam, not too hot and not too cold. However there is still some typhoons in the early of August.

November to March: Northeast monsoon, the temperature can drop to 4oC, especially at night.

December – January: Driest month of the year.  December and January in particular can get quite frosty in the far north of Vietnam — pack accordingly.

July and August: Wettest months of the year.

April – May: Spring time – everything

May – July: Summer time with scorching weather of the  year.

Hanoi - Halong - Sapa maps
Hanoi – Halong – Sapa maps

When is the best time to visit Hanoi?

Basically, you can visit Hanoi all year round. However, the most pleasant time to visit Hanoi is August to November, when Hanoi is in the autumn weather. Everything is just cool down am relaxed after scorching summer. Hanoi in this weather is just as beautiful as a charming girl. Leaves are falling on the pathways and there are remnants of bloomed flowers from the past Hanoi climate. Don’t forget to bring your camera along as many beautiful sights are encountered in your way.

From December to early March, Hanoi enters winter season, which is the coldest time of year. It is also the driest month of the years. The temperature is around 10oC to 18oC. The cold weather is perfect time to enjoy a hot bowl of Pho or taste delightful Hanoi Street Food.

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From February to April, Hanoi is in the spring time with light drizzles and grey sky and humidity is high before the monsoon starts its heavy downpours in May.

From May To August, Hanoi is every hot with temperatures may up to 40oC and extremely high humidity, it feels even like 48oC to 50oC. July is the hottest month of the years.

See more: Best places to visit Vietnam in December

When is the best time to visit Sapa

It is hard to say when is the best time to visit Sapa  as you basically can visit Sapa all year round, it is just beautiful in each season and there many things to enjoy at any time. Thanks to its high altitude, Sapa is ideal for hot summer escape to enjoy fresh air and avoid heated city.  It is also one of few places  where you can see snow in Vietnam.

However, the best time to visit sapa to admire the stunning terrace fields are September and October. The weather in this period is also cool and dry with stable temperatures, making it the perfect time for hiking and photography.

Stunning Golden Terraced fields in Sapa

From May to July, the weather in Sapa is quite warm and it is not as hot as Hanoi. There are also may colorful flowers blooming at this time.

From December to February, Sapa weather becomes very cold, especially at night. However, in return, you will have the opportunity to watch mesmerizing sunrise over the valley in the morning. That said, visit Sapa in December, you might have a chance to see snow, especially in the Fansipan  Mountain ( the highest peak in the Indochina countries.

When is the best time to visit Halong Bay

The best time to visit Halong bay is in the Spring (from March to May) and the Autumn (from September to November), the weather is really cool, not too hot and not too cold. The temperature is around 25oC and the sun shines nicely, especially in April, May, September, and October; so prepare your camera and snap the best moments of the UNESCO site. Most of the activities in Halong bay are doing outdoor, therefore, a dry climate and pleasant temperature are ideal, you won’t want to sweat too much while kayaking or hiking to Thien Canh Son cave.

In summer,  from May to August, the sun is brighter, the water is super warm for swimming and you will get the really good prices from tour operators.   Summer is also a low tourist season so you won’t feel tired of crowdedness. However, there is a thing – Typhoon. The typhoon season in Halong bay starts from June to August, the infrequent storms come unexpectedly and your trip might be canceled just a day before your trip, you will get the refund or rearrange your trip. Heavy raining in the bay also makes your trip less enjoyable because you have to spend most of your time inside the boat.

Winter in Halong bay is a bit uncomfortable, it is misty and all day soft raining. Normally, the cold weather doesn’t have much effect on recreational activities: kayaking, climbing mountains, but swimming is a bit chilled. Occasionally, there are days when it is colder, heavy fog that you hardly see what is behind your ship or the icy rain falls all day, you should have extra attention and follow the instruction of the crew. Besides, the fog makes Halong bay looks more like a dreamy land, the freezing fog make everything blurred like an out focus picture.

Things to do in Hanoi for a week – Suggested One week Itinerary in Hanoi

Hanoi – the capital of Vietnam has so many things to offer, from cultural experience to tasteful streetfood, to stunning landscape.  There are many unforgettable experience awaiting you to explore. In the article, we will help you find out what’s the best things to do in Hanoi in a week and some suggested itineraries for you to choose.

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5 Best tour packages for 7 days in Vietnam

Option 1:  Hanoi – Halong – Sapa 7 days

  • Best for: Suitable for all kind of visitors: family, couples, etc. It is easiest itineray for one week in Hanoi yet including the most desired destination in the North of Vietnam. 
  • Style: Classic
  • Best in : May/ September, November to March
  • Brief itinerary:

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

Explore Hanoi Old Quarter – Hanoi Ancient House – Enjoy Hanoi Streetfood

Day 2: Hanoi city Tour

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum – One Pillar Pagoda – Temple of Literature – Museum of Ethnology – Hanoi Puppet Show or Hanoi Foody Tour by motobike

Signature coconut coffee in Hanoi
Signature coconut coffee in Hanoi

Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay by shuttle bus – overnight in Halong

After having breakfast and checking out, we were picked up by a shuttle to head over to the cruise centre, head to Halong Bay by shuttle bus.

Embarking on a 2D1N cruise tour, we travelled towards Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The rock formations surrounding us were a truly spectacular sight, and everyone got on the cruise’s upper deck to snap photos as keepsakes.

Allow your eyes to swim through the azure waters of this magical place, where thousands of sculpted limestone and islands rise from the water like gigantic teeth of dragons.

Enjoys Sunset party while our cruise sailing to the overnight anchorage. In the evening, free time for joining games, you may also try your luck with squid fishing.

For Halong Bay cruise, you can either choose Halong Bay or Lan Ha Bay, Bai Tu Long route if you want to visit less-touristy places yet wonderful.

Day 4: Halong Bay to Hanoi by Shuttle bus – Night Train to Sapa

After a night’s sleep swaying with the ocean’s waves,  a pearl farm, where the farmers extracted pearls from oysters to crafted into jewellery. This was followed by a Vietnamese spring roll making class back at the cruise. On a side note, I find a one-day cruise to be sufficient for seeing the wonders of Ha Long Bay.

Back to Hanoi around 3pm in the afternoon and settle at a coffee house in Hanoi Old Quarter.

In the evening, catch a night train or bus to Sapa.

Day 5: Sapa – Ta Van Village

If you catch a night train, you will wake up in Lao Cai station around 5:30am, then hop on a bus or hire taxi to drive up to Sapa about 30 minutes.

Visit Ta Van Village. Ta Van village is hidden in the foggy cloud, far away from Sapa busy streets. All its natural beauty are well reserved by over 110 households living in this village. Though you can definitely to get there and back in a day, many choose to stay overnight at the homestay in Ta Van village to fully experience a day with the minorities groups culture other than H’mong, one of the most popular minorities group in Sapa region.

This afternoon, l explore some of the neighboring villages on foot, passing through picturesque scenery as you walk. Visits between May and October coincide with the planting and harvesting season, a chance to see local farmers in action.

Stunning Golden Terraced Field in May/ October
Stunning Golden Terraced Field in May/ October

Overnight in Sapa

Day 6: Sapa – Hanoi 

Day 7: Hanoi Departure

Option 2:  Hanoi – Puluong – Ninh Binh – Halong – Hanoi

  • Style: Mix of classic and adventure/ off-the beaten-path
  • Best in : May/ September, November to March
  • Brief itinerary:

Day 1: Hanoi arrival
Day 2: Hanoi full day city tour
Day 3: Hanoi – Pu Luong

Remote, rustic and supremely beautiful, Pu Luong might be one of the last places in Vietnam where you can truly unplug.  Pu Luong Nature Reserve (Khu bảo tồn Thiên nhiên Pù Luông) was established in 1999 to protect the area’s biodiversity. Inside the reserve, you’ll find a mix of pristine forest and cultivated rice terraces.  It’s a perfect landscape for trekking, and multi-day hikes are a favourite activity.


Day 4: Pu Luong – Trang An – Mua Caves

Trang An

Day 5: Ninh Binh – Ha Long overnight cruise

Day 6: Ha Long – Hanoi

Day 7: Hanoi Departure

Option 4: Hanoi – Hoa Lu – Perfume Pagoda – Halong Bay – Bat Trang Ceramic – Hanoi Departure

  • Style: Family, culture
  • Best in :
  • Brief itinerary:

Day 1:  Hanoi arrival
Day 2: Hanoi city tour
Day 3:  Hanoi – Hoa Lu – Trang An – Hanoi
Day 4:  Hanoi – Huong Perfume Pagoda – Hanoi
Day 5: Hanoi – Halong bay – Hanoi
Day 6: Hanoi – Bat Trang Ceramic Village 
Day 7:  Depart Hanoi

Bat Trang Ceramic Village  is a 14th century porcelain and pottery village near Hanoi, housing local artisans who combine both traditional and modern techniques to create beautiful porcelain artworks. Not only are you able to purchase some of the finest handmade ceramic products in Vietnam, you can also see them made right before your eyes during your visit.

Chrilden learn to make pottery in Bat Trang Ceramic Village
Chrilden learn to make pottery in Bat Trang Ceramic Village

Huong Perfume Pagoda is a complex of temples scattering from the foot to the peak of Huong Tich Mountain is one of the alluring spiritual tourist attractions in Hanoi.

Option 5: Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Sapa – Can Cau Market – Gian Ta Phin – Mu Cang Trai

Best in May and September

Day 1 : Hanoi Arrival
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour
Day 3 Hanoi – Ninh Binh -Night train to Sapa
Day 4: Sapa – Can Cau Market
Day 5: Sapa – Ban Khoang – Giang Ta Phin
Day 6: Sapa – La Pan Tan – Mu Cang Chai
Day 7: Mu Cang Chai Trekking – Mam Xoi – Hanoi

Mu Cang Chai Vietnam  is one of the most amazing landscapes of rice-terraced fields in Vietnam.

Mu Cang Chai is famous for the stretch of hazardous roads spreading out for tens kilometers of infinite and primeval landscapes, grandiose ranges of mountains and the peaceful and poetic picture of ethnics’ houses covered by terrace fields.

Can cau market is remarkable market where Hmong, Tay and Ha Ninh ethic people exchanging goods for their daily life. The market is organized on a high land with lush forests mingling wonderful wavy terraces from afar. Here, tourists will find easy to catch a colorful upland fair in the costume of young girls of Hoa (Chinese) Hmong, Tay or Ha Nhi ethnic groups. Exploring Can Cau Market is one of things to do in Sapatourism. Going to Can Cau Market in Sapa travel, tourists have a chance to much more soak up the vivid upland fair; simultaneously, ascertain about the daily life of the locals. The market  usually held on every Saturday and holidays during the year.

Can Cau market
Can Cau market

Tips for things to do in Hanoi for one week

Hanoi is an extremely crowded city, so traversing using cars is still a good choice but not the optimal one. For traveling in the city, some of the best choices would be bicycle, motorbike, or Xe Om (motorbike-taxi). With the appearance of Grab (Uber for motorbikes) getting around the city will be much easier for tourists.

Best Places to visit in Southeast Asia in December

 Phu Quoc – Vietnam

When it comes to best places to visit Vietnam or Southeast Asia in December, Phu Quoc island is always in the top choice. Why not spend your holiday on a sunny exotic beach and get some tan?

best places to visit Southeast Asia in December
Star beach Phu Quoc

There is a wide range of outdoor activities in Phu Quoc island for you to discover: mountain & unique wildlife, which is great for picnicking, jungle trekking, camping, and bird-watching.

phu quoc national park
Phu Quoc national park
Tranh Waterfall in Phu quoc National Park
Tranh Waterfall in Phu quoc National Park

Phu Quoc island is also great for snorkeling and diving. You can find these fun activities at Long Beach or Ong Lang Beach.

Angkor Wat – Cambodia

Angkor Wat is the ultimate expression of Khmer genius – an awe-inspiring temple that is stunning for both its grand scale and its incredible detail.

Angkor Wat
Glowing sunset at Angkor Wat

December is also a great time to discover Cambodia as the weather’s dry, sunny and warm which is ideal for sightseeing, exploring and relaxing on the beach. December also marks the start of the high season in Cambodia tourism.

Bagan – Myanmar

Want to be lost in a fairy tale? Visit Bagan.

Rising from the plain’s canopy of green are temples, dozens of them, hundreds of them, beautiful, other-worldly silhouettes that were built by the kings of Bagan between 1057 and 1287, when their kingdom was swept away by earthquakes and Kublai Khan and his invading Mongols. Some 2,230 of an original 4,450 temples survive, a legacy of the Buddhist belief that to build a temple was to earn merit. Unlike Angkor Wat or Machu Picchu,  Bagan is much less touristy, plus, everything is very cheap in Myanmar.

Bagan is hot all year round, but the best time to visit here is between November and February when the weather is dry and pleasant & cool temperature without too much rains ( rainfall is highest in June and October).

Come to visit Bagan in Myanmar in December, especially to admire the scenery at sunrise and sunset. It will be your once in a lifetime experience.

Chiang Mai – Thailand

Thailand draws in travellers from all around the world on a daily basis. What’s amazing about this Land of Smiles is its food, shopping, islands and beaches, tropical rainforest, mountains and wildlife, and magnificent Buddhist temples.

In December, the weather is generally warm especially in the islands on the west coast of Thailand. However, in other parts of the country, the weather cools down in, for instance, Bangkok, but temperatures can dip in places like Chiang Mai in the northern Thailand.

Cherry blossoms in Chang Mai Thailand. Credit to @https://www.instagram.com/p/BQuJigeBzt9/?tagged=khunwang

Si Phan Don – Laos

Si Phan Don is an archipelago in the Mekong River where you can just relax and unwind in a hammock at the balcony of your chosen inn!

Since rain is minimal and the sun is just right during the Christmas season, you can expect your blood pressure and heart rate to decrease—making it a healthy trip for you and the ones you’re with!