Escape of Hanoi - Village and Pagodas
ESCAPE TO THE NEARBY OF HANOI
VILLAGE OF MONG PHU & PAGODAS
Morning departure to the Thay Pagoda, an immense complex of pagodas stretching on several levels on a lime peak surging from the surrounding rice fields. In front of that complex, a small lake lined with multicolor houses, two Chinese covered bridges, cafe terraces and vendors, and a cute little pagoda in its middle. A visit of at least one hour.
10 km farther away, another surprising complex, much smaller, the Tay Phuong Pagoda, 3 parallel structures on top of a lime peak, the oldest dating from the XIIIth century. Magnificent polychrome wooden statues (XVIIth-XVIIIth) representing "The Human Conditions", and the statue of Quan Am, the thousand-arm Goddess.
We then drive to the village of Mong Phu (district of Duong Lam), famous for its tri-centenary houses, some still inhabited by the same family. We visit several of those houses and have lunch in one of them. We then ride a bicycle through the peaceful countryside to arrive in the village of Duong Lam, to admire the Mia Pagoda (pagoda of the sugar cane), famous for containing 287 polychrome statues, mostly in terra cotta, the oldest in Vietnam. We continue our bicycle for enjoying the countryside.
Return to Hanoi late afternoon at around 17:00.
Price: To be advised depending on the number of persons on the group
- Private car and private English speaking guide
- Home prepared Vietnamese lunch in a family of the village
- Tickets fees
- Personal expenses
- Others that do not clearly mentioned in the program