Immerse in ancient Vietnamese culture with an excursion to Duong Lam, one of the country’s few remaining ancient villages. Situated northwest of Hanoi, a tour through Duong Lam is a great way to explore the area’s twelve-hundred year history. Explore houses over 400 years old, wander the village’s narrow alleyways, visit local temples, and most interestingly of all, chat with friendly locals. Last stop will be at Tay Phuong Pagoda, one of the first pagodas built in Vietnam and home to beautiful architecture, as well as ancient unique sculptures.
Hidden 60-km Southwest of Hanoi among lush paddy fields, limestone karsts and picturesque villages, the Perfume Pagoda is the perfect one-day trip from Hanoi for nature lovers. Enjoy a leisurely 3-hour sampan boat cruise through rice fields and ‘Halong Bay’ style rock formations before heading up to the Perfume Pagoda. The Perfume Pagoda is not just one pagoda but many shrines and temples built into a limestone hillside.
Hanoi is recognized as a rising destination for foodies. More and more international tour operators organize culinary trips to Vietnam with cooking classes in key cities like Hanoi, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City. In particularly Hanoi best caters for this kind of service. Take part in a hands-on cooking class in the heart of Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Visit a neighborhood ‘wet’ market to learn about Vietnamese ingredients before proceeding to the home of a true Hanoian who learned her culinary skills from her grandmother, a former chef who once served the French elite, in the 1930’s. After visiting a local market to buy the day’s ingredients, learn how to prepare and cook true northern Vietnamese cuisine before sitting down to enjoy a delectable meal.