Away from the busy traffic of the capital city Hanoi to beautifully & lush villages. Here, the real traditional culture of Vietnam still exists and proudly preserved. Within only 2 days, you can experience village life, breath fresh air and mix with the locals & their daily life. This is a trip absolutely worthwhile to take. No one understands and knows these tours as much as we do; our guides were born and raised from such peaceful country sites. You can be sure that the short, easy bike ride and home stay will be an awesome soft...

Tour Code: VCST 01
Highlights: Thay Pagoda, Tay Phuong Pagoda, the ancient village of Duong Lam, authentic Vietnamese culture, lush peaceful rural regions
Tour Duration: 2 days/1 night (home stay in Dong Truc village)
Starts/Ends: Hanoi/ Hanoi
Tour Level: Moderation
Group size: Private tour only
Commencement date: Upon request, available anytime year round

Day 1: Hanoi – Thach That (overnight in Dong Truc village)
Day 2: Thach That – Son Tay – ancient village of Duong Lam – Hanoi

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Day 1: Hanoi – Thach That (overnight in Dong Truc village) (L, D)
Our tour guide and driver will meet you at the hotel. We depart from Hanoi by bus and head out northwest of Hanoi. After 45 minutes, we arrive to our first destination, Thay Pagoda (note: we should dress appropriately to visit pagodas).
You will be fascinated by the unique architecture and intriguing interiors of the pagoda. Especially mysterious is the story about the first Master of this pagoda which dates back a thousand years ago.
After we take in the great panoramic view of rice paddies from mountain peak, we get on our bikes and start cycling through local villages, crossing rice paddy fields. Enjoying the ride for about over an hour, we will stop to see the famous pagoda of Tay Phuong and have lunch in a local restaurant nearby.
After lunch, we keep riding to the village of Dong Truc. This is a really pleasant route for easy cycling. We cross small bridges, ride along little canals, all the while being greeted by children and farmers, calling on you with nice smiles on broad faces.
Arriving at our home stay still early in the afternoon, our guide will introduce you to the family, provides orientation then relax drinking tea and chatting with our host.
There is still time to continue enjoying the slow wandering, biking to other villages close by. This evening, we will be treated to various authentic Vietnamese dishes, cooked by the family members.

Tay Phuong pagoda

Tay Phuong pagoda

Day 2: Thach That – Son Tay – ancient village of Duong Lam – Hanoi (B, L)
If you wish to breathe the fresh morning air of countryside, get up early for a stroll around the village, have fun chatting with the locals. After breakfast, we say farewell to our host, get on the bikes and keep riding to Son Tay.
This is where the genuine Vietnam still exists. The old citadel is well preserved; the town is quiet with no tourists. Lightly explore the area then head out for a short ride of only 4 km to the ancient village of Duong Lam.
You will find the real image of Vietnam, first at the village entrance, grace by a high banyan tree and tiles roof gate with brick lanes leading you to Mong Phu Temple. This is a beautiful old temple where villagers seriously worship and celebrate ceremonies to honor the Ngo Quyen and Phung Hung kings, who were born from this village.
We enjoy cycling around, go through narrow mossy lanes and stop to visit an old house, having tea and cake with the owners. Our lunch will be servered at the local restaurant. After lunch, we put away the bikes and head straight back to Hanoi

Bike to Duong Lam Village

Bike to Duong Lam Village

What’s included?

  • High-quality Mountain bikes (Trek bikes 3900)
  • Vehicle support (for group from 3 persons)
  • Car or bus with air-conditioning
  • English speaking guides (other languages upon request)
  • Mineral water during cycling time
  • Meals (Vietnamese foods as indicated in the itinerary: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches & 1 dinner)
  • Basic home stay (consists of clean squat toilet, soft bed, mosquito nets, and blankets)
  • Entrance fees to places indicated in the itinerary

What’s excluded?

  • Personal travel insurance
  • International & domestic airfares
  • Vietnam visa entrance
  • Personal expenses such as: drinks, laundry, shopping, gratuities/tips, and any bill not mentioned in tour description
  • Pre & post tour accommodations