Situated northwest of Hanoi, a tour through Duong Lam village is a great way to explore the area’s twelve-hundred year history. Explore houses over 400 years old, wander the village’s narrow alleyways, visit local temples, and most interesting of all, chat with friendly locals.
Depart your hotel at 08:30 and travel west of Hanoi to Duong Lam village, a purely agricultural village of the Northern Red River Delta which still preserves many hundred-year-old houses. Visit Mong Phu temple in Mong Phu commune – the only hamlet whose original village entrance remains intact. Continue on through the narrow alleys to see the old laterite houses which make up this charming village. Enjoy a picnic lunch en-route.
After your lunch, continue driving to Mia Pagoda (another hamlet of Duong Lam), built in the 15th century, some 287 statues of all sizes can be seen here, among with are famous sculptures such as the statue of Buddha and the statues of the “Eight Vajra Deities”. Then, visit Ngo Quyen temple and Phung Hung temple, places dedicated to two national heroes – King Ngo Quyen and Phung Hung.
On the way back to Hanoi stop at Tay Phuong Pagoda. The pagoda offers beautiful architecture and ancient and unique sculptures. It was one of the first pagodas built in Vietnam and has magnificent dragons and demons carved into the wooden roof. From here continue back to Hanoi, a 45-minute drive. Drop off at your hotel.
- Private transportation as program
- All entrance fees & boat trips to indicated sights
- English speaking guides (Except for free days)
- Meals as mentioned
- Visa approval letter to Vietnam (Except for $25 usd per person as stamping fee at the airport)
- Early check-in & late check-out
- Personal expenses