Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Small-Group Cultural Tour: Bat Trang, Dong Ky and Do Temple. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.
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.