1. Hang Múa

Get the Halong Bay view without all the tourists. This little gem is hidden in Ninh Bình. It’s quite a climb, (500 steps to the top) but the view is so worth it.

Hang Múa

Hang Múa

Hang Múa


2. Hanoi Flower Market

(This one is for the early risers) We got up at 5:00 a.m. to get these shots, because the flower market is only open really early. Bring some change to get some of these gorgeous flowers, they make for excellent backdrops.

Hanoi Flower Market

Hanoi Flower Market

Hanoi Flower Market


3. Bich Dong Pagoda

Beautiful drive and epic pagoda. I will say there were a lot of tourists here, but if you wait long enough you can get some epic shots.

Bich Dong Pagoda

Bich Dong Pagoda


4. Pu Luong Rice Paddies

These are a must see in Vietnam, be preapared to get a little dirty, as you will have to walk along the muddy edges to get shots in the field.

Pu Luong Rice Paddies

Pu Luong Rice Paddies


5. Tam Coc, Ninh Bình Floating Canoe Ride

Highly recommend going here at sunset. We took an hour ride (there are 3 people per boat plus the rower) through the mountains and into a cave and it gave us a ton of opportunity for epic shots.

Tam Coc, Ninh Bình Floating Canoe Ride

Tam Coc, Ninh Bình Floating Canoe Ride


6. Puluong Retreat Infinity Pool

Gorgeous pool near many rice paddies and a good view of the mountains. Very peaceful and not a lot of people here.

Puluong Retreat Infinity Pool

Puluong Retreat Infinity Pool


7. Tran Quoc Pagoda, Hanoi

A must see in Hanoi, make sure you buy a turtle and release it in the bay near this pagoda for good luck!

Tran Quoc Pagoda, Hanoi

Tran Quoc Pagoda, Hanoi


8. Le Duan and Kham Tien street in Hanoi's Old Quarter

You can walk along this train track and see how the people of Hanoi live. It’s truly beautiful to see their way of life and get some great city shots!

Le Duan and Kham Tien street in Hanoi's Old Quarter

Le Duan and Kham Tien street in Hanoi's Old Quarter


9. Ninh Bình Lily Fields

Vietnam is known for its green fields, and these lily fields did not dissapoint. You will see these all over Ninh Bình, so make sure when you are driving around to keep an eye out for places like these.

Ninh Bình Lily Fields

Ninh Bình Lily Fields


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