Day 1: Hanoi – Thay Pagoda – Tay Phuong Pagoda & villages (L, D)
We are picked up at the hotel at around 8 AM then travel to the outskirt of Hanoi. The first destination is Thay Pagoda (Master pagoda) which is located in the complex of limestone mountain, lake and village around. Continue our journey to Tay Phuong pagoda to see the wooden architecture of old Viet people, especially the famous Buddha statues in this place. Tay Phuong pagoda is located on the top of a mountain and we will walk up and down more than 200 steps.

Tay Phuong Pagoda

Tay Phuong Pagoda

Checking in Hoang Long resort before having lunch and our afternoon activity is exploring the villages by bike. Softly biking around from this village to another, we can see the Vietnamese farmer daily life such as: farming on the rice fields, doing the handicrafts (wooden furniture, bamboo fans, paper fans…). We can stop everywhere we wish, chating to local people and buying something with the help of the tour guide….
The rest of the day, we can relax at the swimming pool, walking around the resort or drink something at the resort restaurant.

Thay Pagoda

The scenery around Thay Pagoda

Dinner tonight will be at a local restaurant. Overnight in the resort.

Day 2: Moon Garden & Duong Lam Ancient Village (B, L)
After breakfast, we travel to the Moon Garden home-stay which is around 20km driving. Welcome up on arrival by local fresh green tea, we relax for awhile to explore the charming Moon Garden, then joing the cooking class with the host. Our activities after lunch today are: hand massage (having your fingers dipped in a fragrant lime bowl and the traditional herbal hand massage), take a bike ride to discover the Ky Son, Tam Son, Van Minh and Cham farming communities, Duong Lam ancient villages, Mia pagoda, Mong Phu communal House… then bike ride back a long the ritual paths of Thang Thac village to visit the King Ngo Quyen tomb and temple. The National Hero in the centuries.
Before travel back to Hanoi, we have time to foot bath in warm water with ginger, salt and mugwort medicinal berbs, enjoy the local drink and taste some of the local products such as maize, sweet potatos, cassave, peanuts…(seasonal food).

Duong Lam Ancient Village

Duong Lam Ancient Village