Top Destinations for a Crowds-Free Getaway on May Day and Labor Day

For the upcoming May Day and Liberation Day holiday, you'll have up to 5 days off, but don't know where to go? Refer to the May Day and Liberation Day holiday guide for the best destinations, avoiding crowded areas.

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On May Day this year, there will be five consecutive days off. If you are planning a getaway but would like to avoid the crowds, please refer to this article!

1Where to go for May Day in Northern Vietnam?

Ha Giang

Ha Giang

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AddressHa Giang Province 

Opening hours: Daily from Monday to Sunday

Entrance fee: Free

Advantages: Cool and fresh air

Disadvantages: Few services

Ha Giang became famous for its buckwheat fields in October. If you travel to Ha Giang in May, visitors will be captivated by the scenery of the “waterfall season” with its winding rice terraces.

When you arrive at Dong Van Market, the colors and lively atmosphere are distinct. You can find unique items such as brocades, fabrics, Mong towels, and various herbs. Five-color sticky rice, buckwheat cake, and especially corn wine are also local specialties. When you conquer the sacred Lung Cu flagpole in the far north, you will love and be proud of your country.

Ba Be Lake – Bac Kan

Ba Be Lake – Bac Kan

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AddressNam Mau, Ba Be, Bac Kan

Opening hours: 11:59 PM – 12:00 AM daily

Entrance fee: Boat service fee ranges from 200,000 – 350,000 VND/boat

Advantages: Large and beautiful lake

Disadvantages: Unprofessional tourism services due to spontaneous development

Ba Be Lake represents the harmonious combination of the majestic beauty of the waterfall and the “gentleness” of the clear blue water. Visitors will feel as if they have stepped into a fairyland.

Next to Ba Be Lake is Ban Doc Waterfall, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Vietnam, over 60 meters high, with a long limestone bed with water flowing through it. Besides the beautiful scenery, Ban Doc Waterfall also has a unique attraction, which is its nighttime activities. By the flickering lights that illuminate the night and enjoy unique dishes. These special dishes include grilled forest berry bananas, sticky rice, and more. This is an exciting experience for the May Day holiday.

Tam Dao – Vinh Phuc

Tam Dao – Vinh Phuc

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AddressTam Dao, Vinh Phuc Province

Opening hours: Daily from Monday to Sunday

Entrance fee: Free admission.

Advantages: Many destinations for sightseeing, photography, and warm climate

Disadvantages: The road is quite slippery

Tam Dao is only 75 km from Hanoi and is a relatively quiet place that you can consider. Surrounding the Tam Dao tourist area is a green forest, a mild climate, and a temperature always about 7 degrees Celsius lower than Hanoi.

You can admire the architectural works in the most luxurious European style. In addition, you can visit Bac Silver Waterfall to see the water flowing from the high mountain crevices. This is a place to attract adventure lovers. If you want to visit a famous spiritual site, you can go to the famous Ba Chua Thuong Ngan Temple. Take a walk around the night market in the evening to explore the local life here, which is also a great idea.

Cat Ba Archipelago – Hai Phong

Cat Ba Archipelago – Hai Phong

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Address: Cat Hai, Hai Phong, Vietnam.

Opening hours: Daily from Monday to Sunday

Entrance fee: Approximately 12,000 – 165,000 VND/person.

Advantages: Many places suitable for taking pictures, many hotels and resorts.

Disadvantages: During some peak seasons, there will be a lot of tourists, making it difficult to book a room.

Cat Ba Archipelago with more than 300 large and small limestone islands, each island will have different shapes and nature. This place is just as beautiful as Ha Long Bay, but its beauty is still a bit wild.

Cat Ba Island is a place that combines green forests and majestic mountains. The pristine and vast natural forests along with beautiful beaches have attracted many tourists who love both the sea and mountains.

Sapa – Lao Cai

Sapa – Lao Cai

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Frequently asked questions

Ha Giang is famous for its October buckwheat fields, but in May, the “waterfall season” captivates visitors with its winding rice terraces. The province offers cool and fresh air. Don’t miss the Dong Van Market, known for its colorful atmosphere and unique items such as brocades, fabrics, and local specialties like five-color sticky rice and corn wine. Conquer the sacred Lung Cu flagpole in the far north for a patriotic experience.

Ba Be Lake in Bac Kan is a harmonious combination of majestic waterfall beauty and the gentle charm of clear blue water. The lake is large and beautiful. Next to the lake is Ban Doc Waterfall, one of Vietnam’s most beautiful waterfalls, with a height of over 60 meters. The unique attraction here is the nighttime activities, illuminated by flickering lights, and featuring grilled forest berry bananas, sticky rice, and other unique dishes.

Tam Dao, located just 75 km from Hanoi, offers a quiet getaway surrounded by green forests and a mild climate. The temperature is always about 7 degrees Celsius lower than Hanoi. You can admire European-style architectural works and visit the Bac Silver Waterfall, attracting many adventure lovers. The famous Ba Chua Thuong Ngan Temple is also a popular spiritual site. Exploring the local life at the night market is an added bonus.

Cat Ba Archipelago in Hai Phong is a beautiful destination featuring over 300 large and small limestone islands, each with its own unique shape and nature. It’s just as stunning as Ha Long Bay but with a wilder beauty. Cat Ba Island combines green forests and majestic mountains with pristine natural forests and beautiful beaches, attracting nature and beach lovers alike. There are also many hotels and resorts, offering a range of accommodation options.