Want to escape to rural local villages near Hanoi, away from the bustle and hustle of the Hanoi Old Quarter? You don’t want to travel a long distance and spend hours in the car. Here are the top 3 village tours near Hanoi within over 1-hour drive.
Over the past 12 years as an English-speaking guide, I’ve been on many day trips from Hanoi. I decided to write an article about village tours experience near Hanoi Vietnam that some of them that you couldn’t find any information either on the guidebook or internet.
This 3 villages tour near Hanoi is good for those who want to seek an authentic experience, learn more about the rich history, culture, and tradition, want to interact with locals along the way, and enjoy tasty homecooked lunch.
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Duong Lam is the top choice for day trips to rural villages near Hanoi if you ask any travel agents or tour businesses in Hanoi. Duong Lam ancient village has become a popular tourist destination for Vietnamese and international travelers.
Located in the heart of the Red River Delta, about 60 kilometers (40 miles) or one and a half hour’s drive from Hanoi Old Quarter. If you are traveling to Mai Chau valley, it’s great to combine a Duong Lam village tour along the way but you need to start from your hotel in Hanoi around 7.30am to have lunch in a local restaurant in Duong Lam before heading to Mai Chau.
One more suggestion, leave Duong Lam maximum at 1.30pm, so that you could arrive in Mai Chau before 5pm, which is good for the drivers who don’t have to drive over the slope roads before it gets too dark, especially from November to early April when the day is shorter
What is so special in Duong Lam ancient village
Top things to do and see in Duong Lam ancient village
Use tips for Duong Lam ancient village
Here is the top-rated private day tour to Duong Lam ancient village with Hanoi Eco Tour. A great choice for village tours near Hanoi
Located on the outskirts of Hanoi Old Quarter, about 25 kilometers or 16 miles or 45-minute drive from the Hanoi Old Town.
What is so special about Bac Hong village
Bac Hong village is a beautiful, well-organized road, a tranquil, clean, quiet village with enough alleyways and detours that you can still find yourself the only tourist around. It will surely be a highlight of your Vietnam trip, which is 100% off the beaten track and you can learn a lot about local living in Vietnam.
Personalized authentic experience: It’s a real haven for those who search for a truly unique local experience: local market visit, having authentic, tasty homecooked Vietnamese food, interacting with friendly locals and more.
See tons of local green farms such as rice field, kohlrabi, cabbage, tomato, spinach and more.
Things to do in Bac Hong village
Use tips for Bac Hong village
Note : Hanoi Eco Tour organized Wet rice farm tour, Farm tour and home cooking class and Hanoi Culture fishing tour in Bac Hong village. We are the only one who offers these eco-tours in rural Hanoi in this village
Looking for a village within a short drive from Hanoi Old Quarter? Interested in hands-on practices of making pottery but off the beaten track. Kim Lan village old pottery village will be my top pick, an alternative to the well-known Bat Trang ceramic village.
Where is Kim Lan Old Pottery Village?
Located on the bank of the Red River, about 12 kilometers (about 7.5 miles) or a 40-minute drive from the Hanoi Old Quarter, just a mile away from the famous Bat Trang ceramic village. Kim Lan is known as an old pottery village in Gia Lam Dist, Hanoi, dating back from the 9th century, over 1000 years ago, earlier than Bat Trang village.
What is so special about Bac Hong village
Kim Lan pottery village is a peaceful and clean village that is an ideal place for those who seek off-the-beaten tracks and authentic experiences: Talking with local craftsmen at their own workshops, drinking a few glasses of Bia Hoi “local draft beer”, enjoying a low pace of walking along the quietly hidden alleyways.
Things to do in Kim Lam pottery village
Use tips for Kim Lam ceramic village
In my opinion, Duong Lam ancient village is good for Senior-friendly travel groups who want to learn in-depth about Vietnamese culture and tradition, also the young travellers who love food tasting.
Kim Lan pottery village and Bac Hong Village is good for family with kids and teenagers because there is lots of fun activities. If I have to choose Bac Hong Village is a bit better in terms of having more things to do and enjoying home-cooked local food.
I hope this top 3 village tours near Hanoi guide will give you a better understanding of how to pick a right Hanoi countryside day tour
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