Wander through a pottery making village, explore a traditional Vietnamese "community house", saviour lunch in a local restaurant.
What to Expect
Head out of the city to explore the surrounding villages and learn about the crafts that are their livelihoods. Visit villages known for their ceramic, laquer, and silk products. Learn the secrets of their trades, meet the locals and enjoy lunch in one of the villages. There's also the opportunity to visit a traditional communal house.
This Hanoi tour begins with a one-hour drive from the hectic capital of Hanoi to Bat Trang ceramic village. Here your local guide will take you through the production process in the village, with a chance to visit the workshops and have a look at the kilns used for firing the ceramic pottery.
Then, visit the community house of Dinh Bang (approximately 45 minutes). With few "communal houses" remaining in Vietnam today, the Dinh Bang provides an interesting insight into Vietnam's past.
Not far from the communal house lives a family who make lacquer ware. Our local guide will assist us in learning more about the process and translate for those of us who may have questions for the family.
The next stop is the Do Temple to experience some local Hanoi history. Do Temple or Den Do Temple honours the 8 Ly emperors of the Ly Dynasty. During their reign, Vietnam experienced an era of prosperity and independence. Unfortunately, the temple was damaged in 1952 during the French war, but was restored in 1989 to the original architecture from the 17th century.
From here, head back to Hanoi for lunch at a local restaurant. Following lunch, head to Van Phuc silk village. For centuries, silk has been considered an extreme luxury, and the silk-making industry has a history in Vietnam stretching back more than two thousand years. During the visit to the village, your local guide will walk us through to meet the people and learn about their craft and lifestyles.
Return to Hanoi by private vehicle to finish this Hanoi tour experience.
- English-speaking guide
- Entrance fees as indicated
- Transport as indicated
- Meals: 1 lunch
What's Not Included
- Items of a personal nature
- Tips or gratuities for drivers or guide
Know Before You Go
Maximum group size is 12.
Dress standards are conservative throughout Asia, especially outside major cities. To respect this and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly hot Asian climate.
If you are happy with the services provided a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid Urban Adventures destinations.
Children under 12 are not permitted on this tour.