- Visit Temples and Cathedrals
- Take bike rides through the area
- Learn about local culture and visit bustling markets, quaint villages and quiet countryside
Venture beyond the boundaries of bustling Hanoi and you will uncover the traditional Vietnam that has remained largely the same for generations. Take a scenic drive through the Red River Delta, visit the interesting Co Le Pagoda, and dine with a local family on delicious food as you experience rural Vietnam.
Day 1: HANOI – GIAO XUAN
Our rural tour begins first thing, with a meet and greet by your local English speaking guide, who you will find at your hotel. The initial journey takes you through the rolling plains of the Red River Delta as we make our way south to the beautiful coastline of the South China Sea.
Our first stop along the way is the interesting Co Le Pagoda, just over one hour from the nation’s capital. This famous attraction is loved by locals and tourists alike and is renowned in the area for its interesting architecture. Dating from the Ly Dynasty the Pagoda will give you an insight into the cultural heritage of Buddhists in the region.
The short journey to our destination for the evening is soon over, and we arrive in the settlement of Giao Xuan just in time for a light lunch, prepared by your local hosts. Certainly an interesting point of the tour, the opportunity to spend time with a local family is a highlight for many on this tour.
Whilst you are resting and chatting your guide will be sorting out your bikes for the next part of your tour. The leisurely bike ride to the nearby marketplace will brighten your afternoon, and the ride along the local roads past small settlements will give you a sense of rural Vietnam.
Having worked up an appetite you will be glad to arrive home to a delicious feast with your host, during which you will have opportunity to talk about your day and ask about local life. If you are not too tired you will be invited to a local folk dance and singing by residents of the village, before turning in for the night.
Day 2: GIAO XUAN – GIAO HAI – HANOI
You may rise in the morning not to the sounds of the scooters you may have become used to in Hanoi, but to birds and the quiet sounds of a small village stirring from a fitful sleep. After a quick breakfast to fuel you for the day we get back on our bikes for a quick tour of the area. We will stop for a rest at the interesting and varied Bonsai Garden where you will have the opportunity to learn a little more about how to care for these trees.
Following our visit to the garden we have the opportunity to stop and visit the stunning Cathedral of Phu Ninh. This building is a wonderful example of and a tranquil place to stop for a rest and quiet contemplation. Our journey continues onward, past waterways and local stilt houses, where you will see local people going about their daily lives in rural Vietnam. You will return to your host family for lunch via a local market before making your way back to Hanoi in time for dinner.
Included in the tour
Round trip from Hanoi
Experienced English speaking guide
Accommodation and meals
Sundries and Souvenirs