In 3 days with a reasonable schedule, you can completely explore the most famous temples and pagodas in Quang Ninh such as Yen Tu, Cua Ong, Cai Bau. With the suggestions below, you will have an exciting early spring trip in the Northeast of the country.
Tet holiday is the occasion for wearing the beautiful clothes to go out, taking pictures …, but it does not mean carrying so many clothes. The spring trip in Quang Ninh usually only lasts about 1-3 days. In addition to warm jacket to against the wind and rain, you just should carry 1-2 sets of clothing inside. Also, do not forget to bring shoes (slip resistant sole) for easy climbing and sightseeing.
The famous spiritual tourist spots of Quang Ninh are located along Highway 18, in the area of Uong Bi City, Halong City, Van Don District, about 120 to 220 km from Hanoi. Therefore, in addition to renting a car, you can also go on a motorcycle with easy road trip.
The Hanoi – Quang Ninh bus service runs from the 1st day of Tet, but many start from the 2nd day. You can catch the car from My Dinh, Gia Lam or Luong Yen bus station. Ticket price of Hanoi – Cua Ong is 120,000 VND, Ha Noi – Halong is 100,000 VND.
With points located far from Highway 18, the most convenient way is to take the bus to enter as Yen Tu (cars for the festival of management board picking up at Trinh pagoda), Cai Bau (bus 01, through Cua Ong crossroads , turn into Van Don) …
Along the route Hanoi – Quang Ninh, there are many restaurants to stop for lunch and rest. However, most of them are closed in Tet holiday, mostly small shops open along the road or near the spiritual destinations serving noodles, vermicelli, rice noodles, … at quite expensive prices.
Therefore, it is best to prepare food in advance to avoid looking for places, ensuring hygiene and saving. If you stay on the road, you can visit restaurant 559, Anh Quan in Hai Duong.
If you go through the day, you should stay overnight near the temple area where you visit to save time traveling. Hotel rooms, motels or inns here have many types depending on the budget (100,000 to 500,000 VND per room). Please contact first to be sure of availability.
Yen Tu Relic complex: In the direction of Hanoi – Quang Ninh, this is the first spiritual destination to visit. Each year in the festival season (from the 10th to the end of the third lunar month), Yen Tu welcomes millions of visitors. The spring journey to Yen Tu starts from the Trinh temple (on national highway 18), via road or cable car (2 stages) to Hoa Yen, An Ky Sinh Pagoda and Dong Pagoda. The price of cable car is 60,000-80,000 VND per way (including children, adults). Entrance fee: VND 10,000 per person.
Ba Vang Pagoda: Located in Quang Trung Ward, Uong Bi City, this pagoda has the largest main house record in Vietnam inaugurated on March 9th, 2014. Not only spacious, Ba Vang pagoda also has a beautiful location when the front is the river, behind is the mountain, the two sides have green pine forest. Thanks to the elements of an ecotourism, cultural-historical site, the pagoda is an ideal place to visit for tourists this spring.
Cai Lan Temple – Long Tien Pagoda – Tran Quoc Nghien Temple: These are the three famous spiritual spots of Halong City, located quite close together. Cai Lan temple includes the old temple and the new temple located at the foot of Bai Chay bridge, worshiping Thoai Mother. Long Tien pagoda is located near Halong Market worshiping Buddha, Tran generals and Tam Phu Thanh Mau. Meanwhile, the temple of Tran Quoc Nghien (son of Tran Hung Dao), is located at the foot of Bai Tho mountain.
Cua Ong Temple – Cap Tien Temple: These are two famous temples located in Cua Ong Ward, Cam Pha City, only about one km apart. Cua Ong Temple worships Hung Nhuong Dai Vuong Tran Quoc Tang (son of Tran Hung Dao) located on a hill, looking straight to Bai Tu Long Bay. Cap Tien Temple (before worshiping Tran Quoc Toan’s daughter, after worshiping a local mandarin in the area) also has a beautiful position with the back leaning on the mountain, facing the sea.
Cai Bau Pagoda: About 20 km from Cua Ong Temple, Truc Lam Giac Tam Monastery (or Cai Bau Pagoda) is the most attractive destination in Quang Ninh thanks to its beautiful location, beautiful and unique architecture. Visitors to the pagoda not only ask for the safety, luck, health but also come for the beautiful natural scenery of the Northeast sky. Here, visitors receive vegetarian meals and parking for free.
Day 1: Hanoi – Yen Tu (overnight in Yen Tu)
Day 2: Yen Tu – Ba Vang Pagoda – Cai Lan Temple – Long Tien Pagoda – Tran Quoc Nghien Temple (Overnight in Halong)
Day 3: Halong – Cua Ong Temple – Cap Tien Temple – Cai Bau Pagoda – Hanoi
- You need to plan a spring trip now, how long it will take, the number of people to budget, car rental, accommodation. On the occasion of the Lunar New Year, these services are not much but expensive, so the sooner you order the better the price is.
- Do not bring too much cash, expensive jewelry. If so, be careful to avoid loss or theft.
- When buying anything, ask for the price and bargain.
- The dress should be neat, warm and polite.
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