Glimpse of Vietnamese traditiona
Glimpse of Vietnamese
country lane with walls made from laterite bricks in Duong Lam Village.
Visiting tourists shouldn�t
miss the capital city of Hanoi. Whether staying for only a few days or at a long
stretch, the capital offers a feast for the senses.
The quaint old
quarter, early mornings at Hoan Kiem Lake, and hours and hours of museum visits
typically define a trip to the city, but they aren�t all the north has to offer.
Beyond the myriad
scenic and historical points of interest downtown are many less-often visited
destinations in surrounding areas. Most notably are the traditional villages of
Duong Lam, Van Phuc, and Bat Trang.
The villages are
located within tens of kilometers of downtown Hanoi, giving curious tourists
easy access by motorbike, taxi or bus. The proximity makes day-trips easy, with
tourists routinely leaving early in the morning and returning to the city before
The ancient village
of Duong Lam in the northern province of Ha Tay, about 50 kilometers northwest
of Hanoi, contains nearly 140 old houses built in a long-ago Vietnamese style
with earthy bricks. A visit to the rooftop of one of these structures yields a
view from an earlier era.
Duong Lam was the
first to be nationally recognized as a village relic by the Ministry of Culture
during the harvest season can smell the freshly cut rice and see farmers drying
straw along country lanes.
Some 30 km out of
Hanoi is the quaint �silk village� of Van Phuc, known as the cradle of silk
weaving in the country. Walking down the winding, narrow alleyways off the
beaten tourist path, visitors can hear the gentle, persistent clanking of
antique looms as families spin their own silk to be sold in Hanoi and beyond.
worms can be bought or simply observed from the baskets of women at the market,
and goods ranging from raw silk to ornate robes and tailor-made items can be
bought in the main part of the village.