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Hanoi: 8-Hour Countryside Tour to Duong Lam Village
Experience the countryside life of Vietnam on an 8-hour tour to the village of Duong Lam and escape the hustle and bustle of Hanoi for the day. Meet and chat with locals in their traditional homes, enjoy authentic home-cooked food, and more.
- Explore the Red River Delta wet rice farming village of Duong Lam
- Venture inside the historic mud and laterite homes of the locals
- Enjoy a tasty home-cooked lunch of authentic Vietnamese cuisine
- Visit the 15th-century Mia Pagoda to admire the Buddha statues
- Cycle the village roads of north Vietnam
DescriptionVisit the historic village of Duong Lam on the outskirts of Hanoi and discover the traditional rural houses that date back up to 400 years. Most of the buildings are made of laterite and mud, 2 of the area’s most abundant materials. The village has also been described as the last stronghold of wet rice farming culture in northern Vietnam. The private tour for a minimum of 2 people can be tailored to your schedule, but a typical itinerary after your transfer to the Red River Delta is to visit one of the historic homes to meet and chat with the owners. Then, cycle around the village to experience everyday life up-close-and-personal. Pedal over to the 15th-century Mia Pagoda, and admire the 287 statues of varying sizes, including a famous statue of Buddha, and the statues of the 8 Vajra Deities. Lunch will be served from a fixed menu at a local home to savor the rustic flavors of rural life. The ancient houses are run by families who have worked the land for generations and they will happily talk about their daily routine in the breathtaking and peaceful setting. Continue exploring the village by foot, venturing down some of the tiny alleys to see more of the centuries-old houses. Say goodbye to Duong Lam and drive back to Hanoi at around 16:00 for the end of the tour services.
IncludesPick-up and drop off at your hotel in Hanoi Transportation by modern air-conditioned car 1 bottle of water per person Bicycle rental English-speaking guide Lunch and a cup of green tea with a local family Entrance fees
- Duong Lam is safe for travelers, but please be careful as you ride the tiny alleys by bike. Check your brakes and tyres before setting off
- Please ask permission before taking photos of the locals • Before visiting any ancient house, ask the permission of the owner, and and say “hello” to show your respect. You should donate some money on the altars (VND 30,000-VND 50,000, about USD 1.5-3). Small gifts are also welcome. You shouldn’t face a family altar, and if you want to take pictures, please ask first • Drinks are available at the homestays, including beers, sodas, and water. But the best drink is a cup of green tea! • Please order food with the home owner to enjoy the most authentic Vietnamese food. There’s no menu. Classic country food is served from a fixed menu for lunch