- 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
What You Can Expect
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.
A great day out, informative English speaking guide with plenty to see and do.
Tour comprise of Lacquer Painting, Ceramic Village and Silk Village Tour with lunch inclusive. Charged 106US$. We went on a 46 degree celsius humid day. Lacquer painting visit was interesting, process and explanation was fine. Ceramic Village was chaos. Arrived at noon to find out that the original schedule factory was CLOSED due to family anniversary. Guide then said there are others to look in same village so we follow her to walk. We walk, walk and walk under 46 heat and I nearly got heat stroke. We were not inform how long we have to walk to the next factory. In the end, took us 15 minutes+ to arrive and I can hardly breathe when you have sweat like running showers for so long. Pretty disappointing to find out that all moulds are by machinery now, only hand craft we can see is add on paint works. After visit and shop at market, we were brought to a local style home restaurant which smell of FAECES. Is so unbearable that we have to leave and head back to city for lunch. We were expected to head to a small decent restaurant where we can have Pho etc. BUT we were taken to FOOD COURT where your shoes stick to greasy floor and smell of grease... Afternoon we head to silk factory but NO ONE was there because of their lunch hours. Again, all by machine now so we can only see different machines with different patterns and NO hand craft business whatsoever. the village is basically shops and NOTHING to see.
So conclusion is IF you are looking for genuine local hand make art and craft procedures review, sorry, this is NOT for you. If you are looking for shopping only, yes, there are plenty of shops to shop till you drop.