A journey to Duong Lam village is a trip to trace back the origin of Vietnam’s culture and traditions. Duong Lam Ancient Village has a history of about 1,200 years with many houses dating back up to 400 years. One special thing about the village is that most of the buildings here are made of laterite and mud, two materials that are abundant in the area. Laterite is used on house walls, gates, wells, temple walls, and so forth. The mud is taken from ponds. This is also the great chance to explore architecture of ancient houses while wandering 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.
AM: Pick up at your hotel in Hanoi and travel west of Hanoi to Duong Lam village, a purely agricultural village of the Northern Red River delta where still preserve many hundred-year-old houses. Upon arrival, bike along tiny ancient alleys to visit Mong Phu temple in Mong Phu hamlet - the only hamlet whose original village entrance gate remains intact, dedicated to national heroes. Continue riding around the village to discover the daily life and farming working of Vietnamese peasants along the terrace with a stop in two ancient houses: the biggest ancient house was built 200 years ago and the most ancient house back to 400 years ago. Have some talks with the locals in their ancient houses. Enjoy your special lunch with Vietnamese foods in an ancient house.
PM: After lunch and resting, visit Ngo Quyen temple and Phung Hung temple, places dedicated to two national heroes Ngo Quyen and Phung Hung. Again biking to visit Mia Pagoda (another hamlet in Duong Lam village), built in 15 th century and admire 287 statues of all sizes, among which are famous sculpture of Buddhist Deities. Back to Ha Noi. End of services.