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Glimpse of Vietnamese traditional villages  

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
Glimpse of Vietnamese traditiona

Glimpse of Vietnamese traditional villages  

A 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 nightfall.


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 and Information. 


Travelers visiting 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.

Silk 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.

 


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