Duong Lam Ancient Village - Bai Dinh Trang An Ninh Binh- Mai Chau 4 days 3 nights
The Duong Lam town is a Son Tay town and around 50km west of Hanoi. Duong Lam antiquated town was perceived the UNESCO Conservation Heritage in 2013. This town has been known as a historical center of laterite with antiquated houses matured up to 400 years of age. Arranged on the bank of Nhue waterway, around 10km southwest of Hanoi old quarter, Van Phuc silk town is eminent for its customary weaving and premium quality silk items.
Bái Đính Temple or Bái Đính Temple Spiritual and Cultural Complex is a complex of Buddhist temples on Bai Dinh Mountain in Gia Viễn District, Ninh Bình Province, Vietnam. It is an area of the total area of 2000ha, the Bai Dinh complex is the biggest Buddhist center of Southeast Asia with hundreds of statues of different sizes. Tourist will be pulled in by the design which is so glorious, grand yet at the same time save customary components. Leaving Bai Dinh, you will go to Tehran An environmental visitor site where you take a pontoon outing to visit the many caverns of various sizes in a grand scene of Tehran An.
Set in an idyllic valley, hemmed in by hills, the Mai Chau area is a world away from Hanoi's hustle. The small town of Mai Chau itself is unappealing, but just outside the patchwork of rice fields rolls out, speckled by tiny Thai villages where visitors doss down for the night in traditional stilt houses and wake up to a rural soundtrack defined by gurgling irrigation streams and birdsong.
The villagers are mostly White Thai, distantly related to tribes in Thailand, Laos and China. Most no longer wear traditional dress, but the Thai women are masterful weavers producing plenty of traditional-style textiles. Locals do not employ strong-arm sales tactics here: polite bargaining is the norm.
Due to its popularity, some find the Mai Chau tour group experience too sanitised. If you’re looking for hard-core exploration, this is not the place, but for biking, hiking and relaxation, calm Mai Chau fits the bill nicely.
4 days 3 nights discovering Duong Lam Ancient Village – Bai Dinh Trang An – Mai Chau
Day 1: Duong Lam Ancient Village full day tour
We will pick up you at Hanoi Old Quarter area or Hanoi Opera House for group tour from 7.30am. In addition, for private tour, we will pick up you at the advance meeting point with setup time. If you need to airport pickup/drop -off service, free to contact us.
09.00: The first stopover on the way to visit Son Dong traditional sculpture village. The Son Dong wooden statues are present in many pagodas and communal houses in the Northern provinces. Then, visit some households in the village; see mastered the technique of making wooden statues and see the local market. About 09.30, you will continue to Duong lam ancient village.
10.15: Next, you will arrive Duong Lam, a purely agricultural area of the North Vietnam, visit village gate, Mong Phu communal house, and some ancient houses and enjoy local products: rice wine, rice cake.
11.30: Then, you will have Lunch at the Ancient house.
12.30: Then, take bicycle around the village to visit some cultural and historical vestiges in Duong Lam such as: Princess Mia palace and temple. Mia pagoda is from 15th-century, which preserves some 287 statues of all sizes, finally, visit the Ngô Quyền and Phùng Hưng temples, both dedicated to great national heroes.
14.00: Then, you visit Son Tay citadel
15.30: Then, stopover on the way to visit Tay Phuong pagoda – the best example of old typical pagoda in the Northern of Vietnam, special with Aram statues
16.30: Then, visit Van Phuc silk village. Experience the process of making silk. Touch Van Phuc silk which is famous for making traditional textiles throughout Vietnam and overseas. See how to make silk from silk thread, walk and shopping on the silk street.
17.30: The last, we will drop guests at hotel. End the services.
Day 2: Bai Dinh Pagoda Trang An Eco Tour
8:30: The first, we will pick up at your hotel at Hanoi Old Quarter to depart for Ninh Binh province (100km) for our day tour of Bai Dinh pagoda & Trang An ecosystem. We spend time to visit the Buddha Prayer place in Bai Dinh Pagoda, the biggest pagoda in Vietnam with 500 La Han statues, biggest bronze Buddha statue in Vietnam with 10 meters height, 100 tons weight.
The next activity, you will have lunch at local restaurant with some local special dishes such as Goat meat with elderberry, pork storage vessel.
Then, you will continue to visit Trang An Scenic Landscape complex nearby which recently recognized as an UNESCO World natural heritage, get on a rowing boat (small sampan) traveling along the small river with scenic mountain and green fields landscape. Boat takes you to visit cave complex of Trang An: Sang Cave, Toi Cave, Ba Giot Cave, Nau Ruou in mystery and wildness, the scenery of mountain and rivers – Halong on land of Ninh Binh.
The end, in the late afternoon, drive back to your hotel in Hanoi. End this tour of Trang An – Bai Dinh Pagoda around 18.00. In the end, you will overnight at Ninh Binh.
Day 3: Mai Chau Full Day Cycling
07:45 The first, we will arrange the car to pick up you at Ninh Binh. Transfer to Mai Chau.
10:00 On the way, you have a short break
11:30 Wonderfully, you have a chance to take scenic photo stop of Mai Chau valley.
12:15 After then, you will have a traditional lunch in local village (vegetarian available)
13:00 Then, you have a bicycle ride with local tour guide, see farmers working in fields, locals weaving scarves and visit surrounding peaceful villages.
15:00 Then, you have a free time for bicycling, walking, shopping
18:00 Then, you have a free at leisure before having set menu dinner with host
19:30 On night, you will watch Thai traditional dance in the stilt house. Enjoy Traditional alcohol (ruou can) with the community. Then, you will overnight in Ban Van village or Van village in Mai Chau valley.
Day 4: Mai Chau – Hanoi
07:30 – 08:00 The first, you will wake-up and eat breakfast
08:30 – 11:30 Then, you will hike to 1000 Step Cave and local market
12:15 – 15:00 As a main activity, you will have lunch. Relaxing before getting on the van to Hanoi
18:30 -19:00 The last, we will drop you off at your hotel.
In the end, you have experienced to 4 days 3 nights Duong Lam Ancient Village – Bai Dinh Trang An – Mai Chau. Keep own memories for this trip! See you next time!
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