Hanoi’s Handicraft Centre at Bat Trang

Hanoi’s Handicraft
Centre at Bat Trang

Vietnamese ceramics have greatly contributed in shaping the country’s values and the importance
of its quality handicraft. Villages such as Bat Trang and the rice-paper making community
residing at Tho Ha are centres of the preservation of its heritage.


Popular among locals and visitors and one of the cornerstones of Vietnamese culture, the handicraft industry continues to set the tone for what has made the country such an established name in the tourism industry. Using ancient techniques and trying to avoid including a completely machine-made end product, artisans around the country have stayed true to something that cannot be left aside when visiting.

A famous region of the cradle of ceramic lies just outside Hanoi with all the material they need to fabricate pure masterpieces from the lands and the nearby Red River and ancient trade centres. Bat Trang’s history and its prominent place in the world of fine ceramics expand across close to seven centuries, blending influences from regional traders and international visitors into their design


Hanoi’s Handicraft Centre at Bat Trang

08:00 - 12:30
13:30 - 17:30

This half-day tour can both be booked in the morning or the afternoon and commence with a pick-up from your downtown Hanoi hotel by an English speaking guide and head straight to Bat Trang.

Situated in the Gia Lam district of Hanoi, the drive (around 20 minutes) will take you through the outskirts of the capital. All ingredients for making high-end ceramics lies just at the doorsteps of this community, alongside its old trading routes for domestic and international export.

Aside from local household products, Bat Trang has gained a reputation for having expanded its ceramic production techniques to decorative items and small trinkets that make for excellent souvenirs. It is also here where skilled artisans are eager to demonstrate the ways on how they turn raw material into stunning examples of ceramic while buyers and sellers weave through the stalls and markets. Avid shoppers and those appreciating the finer art of ceramic making tend to extend their stay at Bat Trang simply because there is so much to see and to take in.

Before we move back to Hanoi, the small alleys and streets of ancient Tho Ha are to be explored. Crisscrossing through the town like a snake, the old houses and terracotta elements are seen as what makes Tho Ha such a treat. Following in the footsteps of your guide, watch how new vantage points unveil different angles of the village as you soak in the town’s hues and rhythms. It will come as no surprise that Tho Ha has made various appearances in local movies, been a source of inspiration for painters, and is seen as an Instagram heaven for many.

Whilst wandering through the narrow alleyways may deliver that picture-perfect spot, the culinary side of this quaint little village will not be left aside. See how rice and cassava wine is made and watch how local artisans create rice paper cakes. It is time to head back to downtown Hanoi after this 4-hour encounter with Vietnamese handicraft.




  • A half-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide.
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges


  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)


  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply.
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside Hanoi city centre. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside the capital, harbour and the Hanoi International Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • The Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh City is closed very afternoon, on Mondays and Fridays and during the months of October and November. Visits to the Mausoleum are restricted to outside visits only and/or alternative sightseeing may need to be offered.
  • Customers are advised that during the TET celebrations (celebration of Vietnamese New Year), excursions and tours may be subject to supplementary charges and/or may see longer waiting times than normal. We appreciate your understanding on this.
  • This excursion includes obstacles of various kinds that may not make this excursion suitable for wheelchair users.
  • Guests are advised that some walking is required during this excursion; we always ensure that we take the most comfortable ways from the entrance of the sight to the sight itself.
  • There will be ample time for customers to spend time on their own to admire the sites at their own pace or browse along the shops for souvenirs. When additional time needs to be allocated for more time at leisure or shopping, this can be discussed with the guide on spot.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please note pickup and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.


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