of discovery of the surroundings west of Hanoi. These areas are full of
charming sites to visit, such as Thay Pagoda (Master's Pagoda), which owes its
reputation to the monk Tu Dao Hanh, a great personality of the 11th century.
Between myth and reality, he is considered as the founder of puppet shows on
Tay Phuong Pagoda, a museum of Vietnamese Buddhist art sculptures with its
large collection of wooden statues. A few steps from the pagoda, we can visit a
family workshop that makes dragonflies, butterflies, and bamboo turtles.
in Duong Lam, the place that has preserved all the characteristics of an
ancient village in northern Vietnam: banyan trees, wells, small temples and
laterite houses dating back more than 100 years.
or bike around this authentic village. Visit of some houses, discovery of the
craft of making fermented soy sauce and stories related to the kings Ngo Quyen,
Phung Hung - the national heroes being of Duong Lam's origin.
returning to Hanoi, we stop at Mong Phu Temple, located in the heart of the
village, drinking fresh tea and tasting the che lam candies - a specialty of
evening to discover the nightlife of Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi, Duong Lam