If you have more time in Hanoi, why not making this unforgettable bike tour to enjoy the beautiful countryside of Vietnam where you escape the hectic hustle and bustle of Hanoi, and learn more about Vietnamese culture and life.
After breakfast, our driver and tour guide meet you at the hotel for a full day biking tour to escape the hectic hustle and bustle of Hanoi to the tranquil villages of Vietnam’s Bac Ninh province. You will cycle through a lovely landscape of green paddy fields, corn fields on a thousand year old dike to the But Thap Pagoda, a sculptural masterpiece of Vietnam.
The architecture, sculpture and decoration of the pagoda were exclusively confined to the 17th century, so it was the best intact and typical example of Vietnam’s classical Buddhist art.
Spend your time to explore the pagoda, learn about Vietnamese history and culture, get to know the countryside’s life. Have picnic lunch at the pagoda before we continue 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. Back to the hotel and free at leisure. Overnight in Hanoi.