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Le Mat village is the place where foreign tourists can seek a chance to try a completely cuisine named snake meat. For those who desire to experience the brand new feelings of enjoying a Vietnamese local dish.
For those that are keen on architecture art and ancient houses, Duong Lam Ancient Village is definitely your first choice. This village with a history of more than 1,200 years are greatly proud of being the first ancient village of Vietnam regarded as an intangible cultural relic by UNESCO. Visiting Duong Lam village, visitors seek a tremendous chance to explore the origins of Vietnamese culture and customs, the temples of two kings’ birthplace and chat with Duong Lam friendly local inhabitants, as well.
Hanoi city boasts its cultural beauty with a variety of deep- rooted handicraft villages. Of all these villages, Bat Trang Pottery Village is a place of interest attracting hundred flocks of tourists worldwide. On the left bank of Hong river and about 10 km from Hanoi in East (in Gia Lam District, Hanoi), Bat Trang Ceramic Village is noted for its 500 years of experience. For those who are keen on pottery and desire to make a products by their own hands, this village is really a perfect choice. Bat Trang village is well-known for local artefacts as well as products exported to other countries all over the world.

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Favourite Attractions of Best Day Trips From Hanoi 

Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh is also known as the Ha Long Bay on land. The reason is obvious, the scenery here looks like Ha Long Bay but on land instead of water. There are hundreds of limestone monoliths that emerge from the ground, scattered around the city with rivers flowing through them and caves formed in them. In the west and northwest, there’re mountains, and in the east and south, there’re coastal parts.

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Ninh Binh look like heaven with its natural scenery

Ninh Binh is a good choice to take a day trip outside of Hanoi as it’s only 95 kilometers away from Hanoi. You can even get here quite easily from Ha Long Bay. Catching overnight buses from Ninh Binh to other cities is pretty easy too.

It can be said, in the whole country, few places have the advantages of tourism as Ninh Binh. Ninh Binh has 7 main tourist areas:

  • Trang An Ecological Complex – Tam Coc Bich Dong – Ancient Hoa Lu
  • Tourism center of Ninh Binh city
  • Cuc Phuong National Park – Ky Phu National Park – Dong Chuong Lake
  • Kenh Ga Hot Spring Water – Van Trinh Nature Reserve – Van Long Reserve – Dich Luong Pagoda – Hoa Lu Cave
  • Tourism complex Tam Diep – Bien Son
  • Yen Thang lake- Dong Thai lake – Ma Tien cave
  • Tourism complex ​​Kim Son

Bai Dinh Pagoda & Phat Diem Cathedral

Besides, there are two famous destinations with spiritual values are Bai Dinh Pagoda and Phat Diem Cathedral. Also, Ninh Binh is proud to have Van Long – the largest wetland ecological reserve in the Northern Delta with more than 30 species of rare animals and plants listed in the Red Book of Vietnam.

Cuc Phuong National Park is known as Vietnam’s first National Park. Cuc Phuong National Park is an impressive botanical garden and zoo with a thousand-year-old Cho trees, Nguoi Xua cave where ancient Vietnamese settled in. Then the Kenh Ga mineral springs, where precious mineral water deposits bring many medical values ​​are being invested and exploited for human health care. Ninh Binh is also on of our famous destination of Day trips from Hanoi.

Bat Trang Ceramics Village

Bat Trang Ceramics Village is located on the left bank of the Red River, in Bat Trang Commune, Gia Lam District. Bat Trang Village is more than 10km to the south-east of the city center. This is a traditional village famous for its ceramic products.

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Potteries are displayed in Bat Trang Village

This village was formed in the Ly dynasty. Over the past 500 years of history with the ups and downs, the name Bat Trang still reamains until now. Bat Trang pottery products have been highly appreciated for their quality and designs. There’re a wide range of products such as household ceramics, worship items, and decorative ceramics.

Bat Trang pottery village is often the destination of many tourists. Coming to this ancient land, visitors will feel extremely interesting when seeing vases, ceramic pots displayed along the alleyways for sell. Visitors will be introduced to the process of making ceramics products. The most interesting thing is probably the experience of learning to make the products that you like.

Duong Lam Ancient Village

Duong Lam Ancient Village locates in Son Tay district, Hanoi, about 44km from the city center. Duong Lam Village is home to Ngo Quyen and Phung Hung King so it is also called “land of two kings”. To this day, Duong Lam village retains the basic features of a village in the North with the village gate, banyan tree,… with 956 traditional houses. In 2006, Duong Lam Ancient Village became the first ancient village in our country to be awarded with the National Cultural History.

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Duong Lam Village is the typical traditional village of North Vietnam

Duong Lam Ancient Village has a famous temple named Mia pagoda. Visiting the temple, you will be overwhelmed by hundreds of statues made by the sophisticated hands of the perennial artisans. Other famous monuments in Duong Lam are the Mong Phu communal house – a typical feature of the rural culture of the North. Follow the road on the left side of the village about 1km, you’ll see the Temple of Phung Hung, Ngo Quyen.

Perfume Pagoda

Perfume Pagoda or Huong Pagoda in Vietnamese locates in My Duc, about 65 km from Hanoi city center. Together with Yen Tu festival in Quang Ninh, Bai Dinh pagoda festival in Ninh Binh, Perfume Pagoda pagoda festival every year welcomes millions of people to visit and pray for their good luck.

Huong Pagoda is known as a pure land of Buddhism and it has a traquil yet peaceful feeling.

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Boat trip to Perfume Pagoda

The festival lasts about 3 months. This is also considered as the longest festival of our country. The road to Perfume Pagoda includes three main routes: Huong Tich, Tuyet Son and Long Van. The main route is Huong Tich where Huong Tich pagoda is located on the top of the mountain. After about 2 hours of sitting on the boat you will start trekking to the Tro temple (Thien Tru Pagoda).