The ancient village of Duong Lam has been recognized as a national relic by the Ministry of Culture Sport and Tourism. The village has a history of about 1,200 years with many houses dating back up to 400 years. Two of Vietnam's kings, Phung Hung (?-800) and Ngo Quyen (896-944) were born in Duong Lam, giving the village its prestige. The village has been well-known for its surviving laterite brick houses, built three to four centuries ago. Laterite is red clay formed from weathered basalt found in northern Vietnam. Along with its historic value, Duong Lam, is an important place for scientists to study resident communities and ancient agriculture.
08:00 Guide and car pick up guests at hotel then transfer to Duong Lam ancient village about 50km away from Hanoi. Stopover on the way to visit Son Dong traditional sculpture village. The Son Dong wooden statues are present in many pagodas and communal houses in the Northern provinces. Visit some households in the village, see mastered the technique of making wooden statues. Walk along village road to visit Son Dong communal house and survey Viet traditional culture with the cult of fecundity. Continue to drive to Duong Lam.
10:00 Arrive Duong Lam, visit village gate, Mong Phu communal house, some ancient houses and enjoy local products: rice wine, rice cake. Go around the village to visit some cultural and historical vestiges in Duong Lam such as: Giang Van Minh worship-house, Princess Mia Palace and Temple, Mia pagoda.
12:30 Lunch at the Hoa Sua restaurant by Son Tay ancient citadel. Free time for visiting ancient citadel.
13:30 Transfer back to Hanoi.
14:15 Stopover on the way to visit Tay Phuong pagoda - the best example of old typical pagoda in the northern of Vietnam, special with Arhan statue.
16:00 Visit Van Phuc silk village. Experience the process of making silk from beginning to end, and the making of conical hats. Touch Van Phuc silk which is famous for making traditional textiles throughout Vietnam and overseas. See the silk from cocoons made into fine silk threads. Wander local market in Van Phuc village.
17:30 Drop guests at hotel. End the services.
· Pick up and drop off by air-conditioned coach
· English speaking guide
· Sightseeing and entrance fee as per the mentioned itinerary.
· Vietnamese lunch
· Biking in Duong Lam
Tour does NOT include
· Travel Insurance
· Tips for the drivers and guides