Out of the hustle and bustle of the city, our guide will lead you to a very interesting & special island. It is not only green with its plants, but also a unique experience with thatched houses which can not be seen anywhere else in the Red River delta. This is a great walk for exercise, fresh air & to experience local life.
At 8.00am. Meet up at your hotel, then take a taxi to a local market. Starting walking city streets and small alleys. Reach the right bank of the Red River with great opportunities for photos of beautiful peach blossom & kumquat gardens and pottery. Take a local ferry to cross the river, and see new landscapes with gardens and thatched houses. (Everyone, even Hanoians who have spent their whole lives in Hanoi, are surprised and excited when they first see the island. It is hard to believe that next to the busy city of Hanoi, there exists a rural village with local people, their houses and way of life from half of century ago). Walk through many green gardens of bananas, corn, vegetables, herb plants … we will see farmers working on their farms and will be welcomed to their house for a cup of tea. The farmers will show us great hospitality and a highlight is being offered fresh fruit from their gardens. During this time is ask them about their lives … In another part of the village, we can see floating houses owned by people who are not wealthy enough to own land. They work in local fields and markets. Hear the story of the Red River’s lovers – a unique story, not only for foreigners but also for most Hanoians. Reaching the Long bien bridge, one of the symbols of Hanoi and more than 100 years old, it is the historical witness to changes in this wonderful city. Hear its long story of construction, protection during the wars, Long bien bridge (former: Paul Durmer bridge, was designed by Mr. Efelt ) It was damaged during the American destruction war, and it still very useful for many trains to and from Hai Phong and Lao cai (Sapa ). A nice place for photographers , young couples are going to get married, and it is one of the symbol of Hanoi. We cross over the bridge to the left bank of the river.Then, keep walking to reach a small charm village, it is famous with STAR FRUITS, which is located by the riverside.Stop at a tour guide’s house for Vietnamese lunch, which is prepared by a local woman. You can learn how to cook some well-known dishes such as : NEM, PHO CUON, NOM RAU MUONG.
After lunch, we take bikes to start cycling along aside of the dike to reach an other village.We take a local ferry to cross a child of Red river is called Duong. Cycling through villages with gardens and old styled houses, ancient temples and pagodas, rice paddy fields where the local people are working on. On the way back to the ferry, cycling on a quiet dike with such beautiful scenery, great opportunities for photos.
We take the same ferry to go back to the village . We go to a temple is near by to see, and understand more about Vietnamese’s believes relating to a very old worshiping to the MOTHERS. If luckily we can see LEN DONG ( it is often took place, but not always ). Surely, you can not see anywhere else in the world.
Then, we go to visit a family of Hanoian, to communicate with them about their lives, the changes of the suburbs. Understand more about their culture; activities.
Come back to the tour guide’s house for a drink (bear if you like on a top of his house with great river view & city view. Staying there till you want to go back to your hotel. Get a taxi to transfer back to city . End of the tour.
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