One place that I went to in Vietnam that was not in Ha Noi city, was the Halong Bay. It is actually located a long distance away from Ha Noi, but it was well worth the trip out there to get to this place. We went boating while we were there, and had a very enjoyable and amazing time at the bay. The Halong Bay is located a bit over two hours from Ha Noi, but we were advised to head out there for a day, and we truly found it worthwhile. We were very happy that we made it out there, and it was a great change of scenery too, from the Ha Noi City.