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  • Location:Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Duration:9 hours (approx.)

Small-Group Cultural Tour: Bat Trang, Dong Ky and Do Temple

Discover the traditions and culture of Vietnam through local artisans on this small-group day trip from Hanoi. Meet local artisans and witness the age-old methods behind the intricate process of lacquerware, wood carving, ceramics and furniture making as you wander through the villages with your guide. Get a glimpse into local culture with a visit to one of the last remaining community houses and gain insight into Vietnamese history with a visit to Do Temple.


  • Cultural and heritage small-group tour from Hanoi
  • Visit Bat Trang Village, famed for pottery and ceramics
  • Shop at Van Phuc silk village, well-known village for top quality silk products
  • Explore a traditional Vietnamese community house
  • Tour Do Temple and learn about the emperors of the Ly Dynasty
  • Take in views of the beautiful rural countryside
  • Enjoy an authentic Vietnamese lunch
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 ensures a more personalized experience with your guide

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What You Can Expect

Small-Group Cultural Tour: Bat Trang, Dong Ky and Do Temple

Clay Pots ,Vietnam

Escape the morning rush hour as you depart Hanoi and travel approximately one hour through the local countryside to Bat Trang, a village world renowned for its ceramics. Wander through the village with your local guide and see the artisans at work. Witness the process of molding and carving clay pots, dishes and vases, before they are glazed and fired in a kiln, ready for sale.

Afterward, travel to a ‘community house’ to get a glimpse into a former way of life. Community houses were an integral part of traditional life in Vietnam and served as a meeting place to discuss village-related matters – a tradition that has been phased out due to modernization.

Next, visit a local family who specialize in making lacquerware. This ancient tradition of decorating wooden or bamboo objects takes skilled hands and patience, as many layers of lacquer are applied and sanded over and over to achieve a smooth, high-gloss surface.

Then, visit Do Temple, which honors the eight Ly emperors of the Ly Dynasty, who brought an era of prosperity and independence to Vietnam. The temple has been restored several times and in 1989 was restored to its original architecture from the 17th century.

Following lunch at a local Hanoi restaurant, travel to Van Phuc silk village where the local artisans have been weaving the finest quality silk for centuries. Your guide will take you through the village to meet the people and learn about their craft and lifestyles. Return to Hanoi where your tour ends.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Excellent. The tour guide was very knowledgeable. And he is so active explain everthing. Fluent and clear English! Highly recommended

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Awesome tour. Even though it was just my husband and I who had booked, the tour still went ahead so it became a private tour.

We were so impressed by the whole tour, from being able to buy in the local market places at market price, to the knowledge of the guide and amazing beef pho for lunch.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Although I was the only person on this tour, no short cuts were taken. We visited all the place as per the program for the day. The guide was very knowledgeable and provided a lot of useful information. He went the extra mile to make it an unforgettable day and experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Our guide Thanh made the tour a wonderful experience. He gave us great history and information of each location without over loading us. His Enhlosh was easy to understand. We enjoyed the tour of Bat Trang and watching how pottery was bothe hand shaped Asa well as poured. There was no high pressure to make a purchase. The temple and Do Ky area wer quite enjoyable as well. A good day!

4 star rating: Recommended October 2014

I was the only person on the tour, so I had the guide to myself. Quang's English was excellent and his local knowledge outstanding. There was also plenty of time for browsing the shops and lots of photo opportunities. A wonderful experience and insight into the real Vietnam.

4 star rating: Recommended April 2014

My husband and I were the only people on this tour, which we took on a Sunday. Our guide Tang was great and gave a lot of historical background at each stop. Watching the ceramics being made was interesting but we were disappointed that there was no silk production to view. The temple dedicated to a famous emperor and the community house were interesting. The places we stopped were not really villages any more. They felt like outer suburbs of Hanoi.

4 star rating: Recommended August 2013

A great day out, informative English speaking guide with plenty to see and do.

Craige P

3 star rating: Worth doing November 2014

While the trip to the ceramics village was quite interesting, we weren't given the opportunity to explore and shop for ceramics. Some of the other places on the tour were not really interesting. Much of the time was spent travelling to places rather than seeing places of interest.

3 star rating: Worth doing June 2014

The tour guide was very knowledgeable and interesting, and we saw many things that we would have not seen on our own. The only down side was being taken to a shop in the village of Bat Trang where the prices of ceramics were outrageous and then seeing the exact same things at the airport for 75% less. Not fun to be ripped off on a tour.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better April 2014

Overall the tour was good. The guide arrived on time and so did the bus. My only complain is about the restaurant. It is ok to experience a local restaurant but this was too low. The bathroom, you could not even wash your hands in, it was sooo disgusting. Also, we had too much time on our hands. Looked like we were dragging time.
The guide's English was good and he tried his best.

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