Duration: 4 hours
Explore Hanoi in a unique and fascinating way and experience the Hanoians’ daily life as well as to try some awesome local foods.
Our tour guide picks you up at your hotel in Hanoi downtown. You will then move to get your own motorbike. You can choose your own desire itinerary out of these following options:
Traditional villages of Hanoi
This option takes you a bit further out from the center of Hanoi. Especially, the route will surely satisfy those who love to explore Hanoi’s vicinities. Not only focusing on the village, but the our motorbike tour will also offers great opportunity for you to experience Hanoi’s crazy traffic as well as to observe the routine of Vietnamese’s daily life in Hanoi. You can choose one of the following traditional handicraft villages:
(1) Bat Trang Pottery village
(2) Van Phuc Silk village
(3) Ha Thai Lacquer-ware village
(4) Dong Ho Folk Painting village
(5) Du Du Sculpture village
Opt 2: Biking route: Hanoi – But Thap pagoda – Dong Ho folk painting – Hanoi
07:30 Meet our tour at your hotel and transfer by car out of the center Hanoi to the dike of the Duong River (cross the Red River). Then start cycling from to But Thap pagoda (20km). We ride along the Duong riverbank, enjoy the peaceful countryside the river meanders through with rice and corn fields dotted with rural villages, bamboo trees and old pagodas.
We visit But Thap pagoda, the most typical pagoda in Vietnam, But Thap is recognized as one of the country’s most important cultural relics. The pagoda was built under the dynasty of King Tran Thanh Tong (1258-1278), and rebuilt in 1647 in the Le Dynasty by the Chinese Zen Buddhist priest Zhus Zhus (Chuyet Chuyet in Vietnamese).
Have lunch at a local restaurant or family.
After lunch, we continue biking to Dong Ho Village, where locals practice a unique form of folk woodcut painting using natural materials, such as Diep paper made from tree bark, then mixed with powdered seashells and color from tree leaves, flowers, and even coal. There are only 3 families left still engaged in the painstaking craft, and you will meet a master craftsman to learn how to make the wooden block paintings. Continue exploring the village by bike, and discover villagers making other paper crafts. Then get on our car transferring back to your hotel.