Our journey begins with a 2 ½ hour drive from the hectic capital of Hanoi to beautiful Nam Dinh. On the way, we’ll visit Hong Quang, a village well known for water puppetry. We will have a chance to learn about the process of creating a puppet and how to use it, as well as enjoy a mini water puppet show in the village.
Upon arrival at our main destination, we’ll start with a welcome drink along with a local snack. Then it’s time to relax and enjoy an orientation walk around a local home to learn about these old houses typical of northern Vietnam. You will also see the garden and learn about the different types of trees grown there, including peach blossom, persimmons, grapefruit, and different kinds of bonsai.
If you happen to be getting hungry by this point, we have you covered. Lunch is next and comes in the form of a cooking demonstration of a traditional Nam Dinh dish which you’ll then enjoy inside or out in the garden, depending on the weather.
After lunch, it’s time to hop on our bikes following a short safety briefing. As we cycle, we’ll be passing by the unique architecture and beautiful scenery of the Vietnam countryside, making it a relaxing ride that’s also easy on the eyes. We’ll make a stop at a local market to see villagers going about their day and to have a snack of seasonal fruit or local cake.
Our cycling route continues past Pham Phao Church which was built in 1908. Pham Phao villagers are known as true farmer artists and we will visit the home of a local artist. He is a fourth-generation craftsman known for his brass instruments. The family has practiced this craft for decades and he is famous for repairing and making brass instruments as well as playing them.
After a full day packed with memories, tasty local food, and unforgettable experiences we’ll make our way back to Hanoi where you’ll be dropped off at your accommodations.
(If you’d prefer to travel as part of a regular group experience, please book our Northern Villages of Nam Dinh group tour).
This tour is priced for a minimum group size of two travellers. A solo traveller may still book this private experience but will be charged the base rate for two travellers.
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, return transfers, all entrance fees, lunch and cooking demonstration, welcome drink, 1 snack, water refills, finger food or tropical fruit at local market, bike rental and helmet.
Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, souvenirs and personal shopping, tips/gratuities for your guide, travel insurance.
Dress standard: Loose, lightweight clothing and comfortable shoes for a 15-kilometre cycle are recommended.
Confirmation of booking:
If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Additional Information: We highly recommend you bring a reusable water bottle to re-fill on the tour as we are on the way to reducing single-use plastic bottles. Opportunities to fill your reusable water bottle are provided during the bike ride and at lunchtime.
Closure of sites: Please note that this tour visits independent, family-owned businesses whose operating schedules may change. Therefore, the tour program will be adjusted on the spot if necessary.
Child Policy: Children under the age of 12 are not permitted to join this tour.