+ Thay Pagoda, lying to the west of Hanoi in an area rich in history. Chua Thay meaning Master's Pagoda, is dedicated to the 12th century teacher Tu Dao Hanh.
On the main altar you can see a statue of the monk. The pagoda structure speaks for itself with its serene atmosphere and beauty. With over 100 statues filling the prayer halls, two 15th century bridges and the impressive water-puppet stage it is little wonder that this pagoda is so famous.
+ Tay Phuong pagoda, lies just to the west, it offers beautiful architecture and ancient and unique sculptures. It was one of the first pagodas built in Vietnam. See the dragons and demons carved into the wooden roof.
We make a stop for a picnic-lunch where you please, in the temple gardens or around the pagoda itself.
+ The ancient village of Duong Lam on the outskirts of Hanoi is also known as a museum of laterite, home to around 300 houses built three or four centuries ago with lateritic bricks. The village has also been described as the last stronghold of wet rice farming culture in northern Vietnam.
A journey to Duong Lam village is a trip to trace back the origin of Vietnam's culture and Vietnam's traditions. This is also the great chance explore architecture of ancient houses while wander along its narrow alleyways, visit temples dedicated to the two kings born there, and most interesting of all, chat with locals living in the ancient houses.
Operation : Daily departure
Duration : 1 day
Tour route : Hanoi – Thay pagoda – Tay Phuong pagoda – Duong Lam village - Hanoi
Brief description : Visiting Vietnamese rural countryside villages and learn Vietnamese activates life, visiting old and big pagoda
Detailed tour itinerary
7:50: Departure from Hanoi by minibus or car to Thay Pagoda
8:20: Spend 30-minute on visiting Thay pagoda
9:00: Then transfer by Van to Tay Phuong pagoda, 30 minute to visit Tay Phuong pagoda and prepare for getting started biking. Ride on bike with our guide through picturesque scenes, stay at interesting places: rice field, pagoda, village assembly hall, riverside etc. You can make a stop on your request, everywhere we help, and you talk with people, learn about their life, and let you take memorable pictures.
11:30: A noon breaks for picnic lunch
12:30: Start biking along the trail through the peaceful countryside of Vietnam Several short stops for guide stories, riding through exciting countryside: river dike, corn fields, brickfields, temple, war memorial to Duong Lam village. Visiting and and hanging around in the most ancient village of Vietnam. Then we will come back Hanoi by Van.
17:30: Arrive in Hanoi, tour ends at your hotel.
+ Our prices include: Private air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced safe driver, English speaking tour guide, Entrance fee (s), Lunch, Bike and complimentary water.
+ Our prices exclude: International flight to/from Vietnam, Single supplement charge, Vietnamese entry visa fee, Travel insurance, Drinks & other meals not mentioned in the program, Personal expenses and Tips for driver & tour guide.
+ What to bring: Passport, change of clothes, sun-glasses & hat, sun-block, insect repel, flashlights, good shoes, cable locks.