Discover villages outside of Hanoi - private - Hanoi and North
Discover villages outside of Hanoi - private: The journey begins with a one hour drive from Hanoi to Bat Trang ceramic village, where you will have a chance to visit the workshops and have a look at the kilns used for firing the ceramic pottery. Then, you will visit the community house of Dinh Bang. Traditionally, all villages in Vietnam had a ''community house'' in the centre of the village. It was where all decisions regarding the village were made. It connected everyone to the village and was the core of Vietnamese culture. Not far from the communal house lives a family who makes lacquer ware.
Our next stop is the Do Temple. Do Temple or Den Do Temple honours the 8 Ly emperors of the Ly Dynasty. The temple was built in 1030 by Emperor Ly Thai Tong to worship his father Emperor Ly Thai To.
Then, you will go to the small township of Tu Son for lunch. The restaurant has simple dishes for you to choose and is all genuine local food. After lunch, you will visit the village of Dong Ky, a traditional wood carving village. The trip there takes you through a beautiful rural setting of rice paddies with plenty of opportunities to stop for photo opportunities. You will be dropped at the entrance of the village for the visit, the local guide will take you through the village to meet the people, learn about their craft and lifestyles.
In the end, you will return to Hanoi by private vehicle.