Regarded as the cradle of Vietnam culture, the Red River Delta is best known for its handicraft villages and traditional seasonal festivals. We offer you the unique opportunity to see the authentic rural life of the people living in these handicraft villages, and these tours are also interesting for those who are interested in Buddhist philosophy.
Type of tour: Private
Tour code: BB 83E
Departure date: Daily
Duration: 1 day
You can choose 1 of 4 different highlights below: Bat Trang, Van Phuc, Dong Ho or Thay and Tay Phuong pagoda
BAT TRANG: You will be collected from your hotel in Hanoi and taken to the riverside village of Bat Trang, where beautiful ceramics have been made and used throughout the delta region for over 500 years.
The vitality of this village is kept alight by the hundreds of pottery kilns fired up day and night. You can stroll around the various cottage industries and watch the skill of the potters forming, painting and glazing their products in traditional ways. The trip will end back in Hanoi.
VAN PHUC: This silk-making village is a great place to see the intricate process of silk cloth being produced on the loom. There is a showroom where you can buy silk by the meter, much more exciting that buying it in the shops! After having time to explore the village and peruse the silks, you will visit Tram Pagoda & Tran Gian Pagoda to admire the architecture and find out more about local beliefs.
First, you will visit the arts village of Dong Ho
which is the home to the paper craft of giay do. The skilled artisans make the paper and decorate them with traditional designs by hand, using all natural designs.
After this you will visit But Thap Pagoda
which is home to amazing woodwork sculptures and a large Avalokitesvara statue
. You will then explore Dong Ky Village
known for its exquisite carpentry. Here they make furniture inlaid with mother of pearl and finished off with a layer of clear lacquer. Inlaying the mother of pearl is a highly labour intensive job, and you get to see how it is delicately sawed into fine slivers and painstakingly set into the wood.
THAY & TAY PHUONG: These deeply historic and significant pagodas sit up on a mountainside, approximately a 30 km drive from Hanoi. The temples remain untouched by the clutches of time and will transport you back to the days of simple, rural life. Thay Pagoda is dedicated to Tu Dao Hanh, a 12th-century monk who was highly regarded and multi-talented. His love of water puppetry is reflected in the charming stage which sits on the water. The area surrounding the temple is equally as beautiful as the temple itself.
A little further on is Tay Phuong Pagoda, this is a smaller but still very picturesque temple set up on a hill in a beautiful rural area. After you make the climb to the pagoda, you can stroll amongst the old buildings and admire the lacquered wood carvings and sculptures.
We take you to the parts other can't reach!
From July to September, the climate is usually humid and hot.
From October to June brings cooler and more pleasant weather.
Boat (if any)
Our experienced and friendly Tour Guide(s) speak excellent English or French.
They are extremely knowledgeable about local cultures, history and the environment.
We choose local ingredients, typical of the way people eat in the area, at local restaurants, markets or homes.
We also cater for Vegetarians but please request this at time of booking.
Tour price includes
Local English speaking guide
This rate is quoted in USD per person, based on Double/Twin occupancy. Valid until December 2019
Tour price excludes
Free of charge for children under 4 years sharing bed with parents.
Over 5 years is adult’s rate.
The itinerary can be changed due to weather, tide levels and operating conditions.
Special request (diet or vegetarian, …) should be sent before your departure date.
Have a good journey!