Tam Dao Town, located in the Tam Dao mountain range, in Tam Dao town, Vinh Phuc province, is regarded as a must-see destination for those wishing to escape the capital city’s scorching heat and looking for a peaceful fresh cool atmosphere with temperate weather and marvelous, mist and romantic scenery.

General Information

Tam Dao location - IDC Travel guide

Tam Dao location – IDC Travel guide

Tam Dao is now a complex of various amazing types of leisure and relaxation, including an amusement park, resorts, guest houses, hotels, garden villas, as well as sports fields, a swimming pool park, a dance floor, and so on. This town, located about 900 meters above sea level, is known as Da Lat in the North because of its cool weather all year round, with average temperatures ranging from 20 to 22oC and nights that are a little chilly like early winter. Going to Tam Dao to relax, take a long rest with purely fresh air, contemplate the open sky with free-flying clouds, eat delicious local foods, and freely walk on sloping roads are all enjoyable weekend activities.

Tam Dao Weather

Although average temperatures in Tam Dao vary greatly, the weather is generally pleasant all year. If you want to visit Tam Dao during the hottest months, the hottest months are June, July, and August, when the highs are consistently around 33.8oC. You should look at the weather and temperature forecasts by season below to make a specific and reasonable plan for your trip.

Tam Dao Weather

Tam Dao Weather

Spring (March through May)

This season feels warm because of the combination of humidity and temperatures. The temperature ranges from 33.8 to 20.8 degrees Celsius. Rain is possible on 5 to 11 days per month, with the possibility of significant precipitation. Spring is the slowest season for tourism and should be on the list of those looking for good deals.

Summer (June through August)

The temperatures remain high during these months, but much lower than in the town and city, making this a pleasant time for tourism. Precipitation is still possible between 8 and 16 days per month. However, because this is the second busiest season for tourism, prices rise slightly.

Fall (September through November)

The weather is ideal during these months, with temperatures ranging from 31.2oC to 23.1oC. As a result, this is always the busiest time of year. As a result, hotel rates may be higher.

Winter (December through February)

Tam Dao’s weather is cool enough this time of year to be enjoyable for warm-weather visitors. During the season, the temperature ranges between 23.9oC and 17.2oC. This time of year sees little rain. Only a few visitors are interested in taking a trip during this vacation.

Getting to and around Tam Dao

Tam Dao is approximately 80 kilometers from Hanoi and will take approximately two hours to travel from the capital. There are numerous options for getting there:

By car 

From Hanoi, take Thang Long Bridge in the direction of North Thang Long Noi Bai (the road to Noi Bai Airport), then continue for about 25 kilometers to the crossroads of National Highway 2, AH14, and Road No. From Thang Long to Noi Bai, take Highway 2 for about 500m, then the Hanoi-Lao Cai Expressway for about 25km to the Tam Duong, Vinh Phuc turning point, then the 2B National Highway for about 20km to the Tam Dao tourism area.

Tam Dao

It can also be reached by bus. Take Bus 58 or Bus 07 from Hanoi to Mê Linh Plaza, then transfer to Vinh Phuc’s Bus 01 to reach Vinh Yên Bus Station. From there, take Bus 07 to the Tam Dao mountain base. Each bus ticket is only VND 7,000 (USD 0.35). This is frequently regarded as a low-cost method of getting to Tam Dao. However, because buses stop at multiple points to pick up passengers, the journey can easily take several hours. Furthermore, they only go as far as the mountain’s base, so you’ll still need to book a ride-hailing driver to take you to the top.

By motorbike

Follow the same path as the private car road. The 13km small path with many Z-shaped sections and a large slope should be noted. In these situations, you must exercise extreme caution.

By coach 

Take any of the Hanoi – Viet Tri, Hanoi – Yen Bai, or Hanoi – Vinh Yen coaches from My Dinh coach station. The ticket price is 50,000 VND. These vehicles come to a halt in Vinh Yen. To get to Tam Dao, take a taxi or a motorbike taxi (about 20 kilometers).

By train

You can take the Hanoi – Lao Cai train from Hanoi or Gia Lam station to Vinh Yen station for 35,000 VND. Then a taxi or a motorcycle taxi will be your next mode of transportation.

Tam Dao town has taxis and motor taxis for transportation. You can also hire a car for the entire day and tell the driver to take you wherever you want. Contact us to hire a private car in Vietnam.

Where to Stay in Tam Dao

You can visit Tam Dao and return to Hanoi on the same day, but staying a night gives you more time to enjoy all of the charms of this mountainous town. This way, you can take a relaxing evening stroll to enjoy the cool breeze while watching the sun rise over the mountains the next morning. Here are some suggestions for lodging in this town:

  • 90s Homestay

Prices from VND 1,800,000-6,500,000 dong

Telephone number: 02103.824.149.

  • Tam Dao Star Hotel

Prices from 300,000 – 350,000 dongs/room, and weekend prices can reach 650,000-800,000 dongs/room

Telephone number: 0210.3824.246

  • Le Bleu Homestay

Prices from 1,600,000 – 7,000,000 dongs

  • Hoa Binh Hotel

Prices from 600,000 – 1,200,000 dongs

Telephone number: 0211 3824 230

However, due to the homestay’s elevated location, the climb up can be strenuous, so wear good traction shoes as you would in any hilly area.

Places to visit in Tam Dao

To make your trip to Tam Dao truly unforgettable, focus your attention on the highlights that draw hundreds of tourists each year.

The name “Tam Dao” refers to the three highest mountains, Thien Thi, Thach Ban, and Phu Nghia, which rise above the clouds at a height of 1300 meters above sea level. It has long been known for its poetic and majestic scenery, which includes the Tam Dao National Park, Telecommunication tower, Silver Waterfall, Rung Rinh Peak, Sky Gate, and others.

Tam Dao National Park

Tam Dao National Park spans 36,883 hectares and runs 80 kilometers from northwest to southeast, with over 20 peaks rising above 1000 meters.

This is home to a diverse flora that includes 490 species from 344 genera and 130 families. Sam bong, Po mu (fokienia hodginsii), Kim giao (polocarpus fleuryi), Lat hoa (chukrasia tabularis), Lim xanh (Erythrophlocum fordii), Do quyen (Rhoclodentron simmi), Sen mat (Madhuca pasquieri), Thong tre (Madhuca pasquieri), etc.

Tam Dao National Park

Tam Dao National Park

The National Park is home to a diverse fauna, with 281 species, 80 families, and 26 orders of animals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians, including many rare and valuable species such as the white-cheeked black monkey, snake-headed fish, silver pheasant, and wood grouse.

The very cool weather with many floating clouds in the gorgeous blue sky is the first impression when arriving for the first time. A tranquil setting among the fresh green old trees would be the ideal setting for relaxation and forest exploration. Furthermore, the forest paths are not difficult to walk, making them ideal for trekking tours and bird-watching tours for rare bird species.

Telecommunication Tower

Way to Telecommunication Tower

Way to Telecommunication Tower

The tower is difficult to reach with a height of 93m on the peak of Thien Nhi mountain (1400m). However, the romantic and poetic scenery will compensate for all of your efforts. There are many different types of flowers along the way, including orchids, chamomile flowers, and other nameless wild flowers that attract hundreds of colorful butterflies. All of these contribute to the creation of one-of-a-kind picturesque scenery.

Rung Rinh Peak

Rung Rinh Peak should be on your bucket list if you want to have adventures with fairy nature. Many trees are covered in orchids and moss, birds chirp all day, and a number of majestic mountains await discovery.

Silver Waterfall

With a height of 50 meters, Silver Waterfall is considered the most beautiful waterfall in Tam Dao. When you gaze at the waterfall, you will feel as if you are in a fairy tale, with the most magnificent scenery in the world. The waters of the small streams cascade down over 50 meters, accompanied by the reflection of the rainbow in the sunlight, and echo into the cliffs like a call from hundreds of years ago.

Silver Waterfall Tam Dao

Silver Waterfall – Tam Dao

The path to Silver Waterfall is quite steep and slick, so wear sports or casual shoes. It is available for rent on the way down the Silver Waterfall for about 10,000 VND($0.5)/pair.

Sky Gate

Sky Gate Tam Dao

Way to Sky Gate – Tam Dao

To get there, go straight from Tam Dao town to the French church, then turn left and continue straight. From Skygate, you will have an amazing view of the foggy Tam Dao city, which appears to float undirected with big white clouds on the large blue sky.

Night Market

Barbeque stalls in night market

Barbeque stalls in the night market

If you prefer a more authentic street food experience, the night market has you covered. This is where local vendors congregate to display goods and foods for sale, right next to the town’s main square. From beef rolled with enokitake to chicken and pork, you’ll find a variety of grilled meat skewers to tempt your taste buds. These skewers cost between VND10,000 and VND20,000 (USD0.43 and USD0.86) each. For a filling meal, pair them with cm lam, which is rice cooked inside bamboo stems.

What to Eat in Tam Dao

Tam Dao is famous not only for being the “Da Lat of the North,” but also for its fresh and delectable local specialties.

Tam Dao chayote

Tam Dao fried chayote

Tam Dao fried chayote

Chayote is grown here because of the cool climate, and the taste is better than anywhere else in Vietnam. Boiling chayote is served with sesame salt. Furthermore, chayote leaves are fried with garlic and beef, resulting in a crunchy and appealing flavor. They are always clean and fresh because the locals never use pesticides.

Hill chicken

Boiled chicken

Boiled chicken

This is a must-order dish when visiting Tam Dao. The meat is toned, solid, and low in fat. Hill chicken is prepared in a variety of delectable ways, including steamed, grilled, or stir-fried dishes.

Tam Dao pork

Tam Dao pork

Juicy Tam Dao pork

Pork and chicken are two of the most popular meat dishes in town, and they are available in almost every restaurant. Grilled pork, steamed pork with beer, fried pork with chili and citronella, and other dishes are available. If you go with a large group of 10 or more, you can order a whole pig and have the restaurant prepare various pork dishes for you.


Delicious barbecue

Delicious barbecue

Renting an apartment and preparing your own barbecue in the cool mountain air could be one of the most enjoyable experiences in Tam Dao if you travel in a large group. Most apartments for rent in this area include a fully equipped kitchen with a refrigerator, stoves, a large table, and an outdoor barbecue area, so all you need to do is bring your own food. Just don’t forget to clean up after yourself, or you’ll be charged an additional VND200,000-VND300,000 (USD8.63-USD12.95) For VND200,000-VND300,000 (USD8.62-USD12.94) per person, you can also order barbecue services directly from the homestay.

Grilled corn, sweet potatoes, and chestnuts

Grilled sweet potatoes

Grilled sweet potatoes

Later in the evening, you’ll see vendors setting up coal stoves and preparing grilled corn on the cob, sweet potatoes, and chestnuts in the central square. If you had an early dinner and are starting to get hungry again, they make excellent late-night snacks. If you happen to be there on a cold winter night, huddle next to the crackling ember and hold tightly onto a handful of freshly-roasted chestnuts to feel their warmth seeping through your fingers.

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