See another side of Hanoi with a day cycling trip that takes you away from the busy chaos of Hanoi’s city centre and into the nearby countryside. Observe local life as you cycle through villages and along the banks of the Red River. Visit a traditional craft village (ceramic, painting, pottery, wood carving..) where you will see their magical traditional way of producing and also past floating houses to colorful flower gardens. Before finishing the active day, we cycling around the West Lake. Sip a cup of coffee and admire the lakeside views before pedaling back to your hotel.
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. hanoi tours