The Traditional Village of Duong Lam and Hanoi

The Traditional Village of
Duong Lam and Hanoi

A journey to Duong Lam is a trip tracing back the origin of Vietnam’s culture and traditions.
The chance to explore architecture, visit temples dedicated to the two kings born there,
and chat with its residents, the protectors of this national treasure.

WHY THIS TOUR?

There is so little resemblance with Hanoi that it almost looks like taking a step back in time. Drenched in history, ample examples still vividly move visitors back to the Vietnam of a bygone era and where centuries-old architecture in the form of brick/mud houses are the cornerstone of an unhurried lifestyle.

Duong Lam Village cast an irresistible spell on anyone wandering through narrow alleys, armed with a camera, to get an up-and-close look of an ancient house and temple walls, gates and old water wells. In combination with two other institutions of Vietnamese culture in Hanoi itself, this full-day sums up the authentic side in one word – authenticity.

TRAIL ITINERARY

The Traditional Village of Duong Lam and Hanoi

08:00 - 17:00

In the morning, leave the hustle and bustle of Hanoi for the quietness of the countryside. After a 1.5-hour drive (55 km) northwest of Hanoi, you will arrive in the village where you are welcomed by the host family that lives in a four-hundred-year-ancient house located in the heart of the Red River Delta. Duong Lam village is one of the few heritage-protected villages in the country, and one of the first villages in the country to be recognized as a national relic with construction, dating back to the 17th century.

Warm welcomes and big smiles from all wind directions reach you as a short walk brings us to the village communal house the village pagoda – fine examples of Northern Vietnam architecture. Nothing beats a locally sourced, traditionally made lunch at one of the residences, the home of a family that calls Duong Lam their home for generations

We leave the rustic countryside of Vietnam behind us as we move back to the Vietnamese capital, where we stop at the Temple of Literature. This is a peaceful series of walled courtyards and graceful alleys, and one of the best surviving examples of traditional Vietnamese architecture.  Founded in 1070 during the Ly Dynasty and dedicated to Confucius, this was also the site of Vietnam’s first university.

We end our day with something uniquely Vietnamese – a traditional Water Puppet Show performance. This tradition dates back to the 11th century and has its origin in the villages of Northern Vietnam. The show’s theme is rural and has a reference to Vietnamese tales where performers stand waist-deep in water and tell their story via this preserved form of art.

After this performance, it is time to head back to your hotel and depending on traffic and the location of your overnight address; you should arrive around 5 pm, well ahead to explore the city after sunset.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A full-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Lunch at a local restaurant is included (food only)

EXCLUSIONS

  • 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)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant.
  • 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.
  • We recommend wearing light, comfortable cotton clothing and comfortable shoes.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.

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