Journey into the rural heart of Vietnam and come face to face with spectacular natural beauty, royal temples and rich heritage.
Visit a typical communal house, the nucleus of village life, and one of the few still surviving in Vietnam. Marvel at an 11th century temple dedicated to eight emperors, believed to have ushered in the era of prosperity for Vietnam.
Travel through a visually stunning landscape of lush green paddy fields and interact with the locals of a wood-carving village. There will be plenty of photo opportunities, so keep your camera handy!
You will be picked up from your centrally located hotel in Hanoi and taken on a sightseeing tour of pagodas and villages outside Hanoi. An English-speaking guide will accompany you on this tour.
Your journey begins with a one-hour drive from the hectic capital of Hanoi to the Bat Trang ceramic village. On reaching, take a guided tour through the production process in the village. You will have a chance to visit the workshops and have a look at the kilns used for firing the ceramic pottery.
Continuing your tour, the next stop will be an approximately 45-minute visit to the community house of Dinh Bang. Traditionally all villages in Vietnam had a ‘community house’ in the centre of the village; it was where all decisions regarding the village were made, it connected everyone to the village and was the core of Vietnamese culture. With few ‘communal houses’ remaining in Vietnam today, the Dinh Bang communal house provides us with an interesting insight into Vietnam's past.
Not far from the communal house lives a family which makes lacquer ware. Your guide will assist you in learning more about the process and translate for those of you who may have questions for the family.
Your next stop is the Do Temple. Do Temple or Den Do Temple honors the eight Ly emperors of the Ly Dynasty. During their reign Vietnam experienced an era of prosperity and independence. In the middle of a lake situated at the front of the temple there is a two story, eight roofed house which floats on water and is used as a stage for water puppet shows. On March 15th each year there is a festival honoring the 8 emperors of the Ly dynasty.
After this visit, head the small township of Tu Son for lunch. The restaurant has simple dishes of genuine local food.
Following lunch we would go to Van Phuc silk village. For centuries, silk has always been considered an extreme luxury, which is same with rhinoceros horn, ivory and precious handworks in Vietnam. It has long been a universal byword of luxury, often worn by the richest, most powerful citizens.Van Phuc Silk is proud to be the origin of best silk and silk-making industry of Vietnam, which is attached to a long-lasting history of more than two thousand years. Through many ups and downs, during the recent years, the village’s craft has enjoyed revival due to a surging demand for silk in both the domestic and foreign markets. We will be dropped at the beginning of the village for our visit, our local guide will take us through the village to meet the people, learn about their craft and lifestyles.
At the end of the tour, you will be dropped at your hotel in Hanoi.
Very nice tour and educational. Short day tour allows plenty of time for evening fun.... Jackson Chau
The tour of the ceramic and wood carving villages provided a wonderful insight into the country life. The communal house and the temple were pleasing on the eye. The tour was... K Vaitheeswaran
Approx. 10 hours
Start time: Between 08300h (08:30am) – 0900h (09:00am) (Depending on the traffic)
Duration: Approx. 10 hours
Your centrally located hotel in Hanoi. (Please mention your hotel details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details)
Your centrally located hotel in Hanoi
Please ensure your knees and shoulders are covered as this trip visits rural areas
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