Tho Ha Village – Half day
Tho Ha Village located on the bank of Cau River, between Bac Giang and Bac Ninh provinces (about 40km far from Hanoi). The village is geographically isolated, and a result, it offers a unique glimpse into rural life in northern part of Vietnam.
Once, it was famous with Gom Sanh (pottery without glaze fired with dry grass). Then the products here faced with competition by products from other places in Vietnam and China as well. So the villagers of Tho Ha turned into making rice paper and raising pigs, and thus pottery job was gradually abandoned, coming to an end of traditional pottery produce.
These days, a trip to the village is a great chance to feel the peace out of bustling cities, to visit traditional Communal House, wooden old houses, see pigs farming of the locals and learn of making of rice paper to how see rice paper is created.
Also, you can experience the daily life of people here by tasting a very normal, but unique local food here that you can find nowhere else in Vietnam.
06.30 Tour guide and bus pick you up at your place then go to Tho Ha village. On the way, the bus cross by rice fields, vegetable farms…, a good chance to shot countryside pictures, farmers with water buffalo,….
08.00 Arrive a local ferry, board on to cross the river to land Tho Ha village after a few minutes. You walk around to visit a small, but very typical market of northern Vietnam. You soon have an overview of the culture after a short time here when seeing people, tasting some local speciality.
08.30 Visit some families and learn more about their culture, with their daily works such as rice making paper, rice wine,… Especially, when strolling through narrow and zigzag alleys, you can see many old houses constructed from broken part of terracotta dated back long time ago.
09.30 A glimpse at Communal house (once familiar with banyan tree, a digged well/or a river, a communal yard) and a pagoda nearby the market. Our tour guide will give brief introduction of the village culture and what the life was in the past.
(Sometimes the entrance to the communal house and pagoda is closed for no reason and without prior notice due to local authority).
10.00 Visit a very nice, old house of a local which dated back almost 100 years old. Most outside parts were refurbished, but the ceiling and wall pictures remain original of nearly 100 years old. The family still keep the original work of making rice paper by hand (most families in the area now making rice paper in an industrial way by using electric machine). Also, a traditional folk music of different music tools will be played by the owner).
11.30 Enjoy lunch in the local family with finest Vietnamese food which you find it difficult somewhere else better than here.
14.00 Arrive back in Hanoi. Tour ends!
Note: The music show and the traditional rice paper making by hand demonstration by the host will be free if customers order lunch here in his family.
- English speaking guide
- Entrance fees
- Local speciality tasting in local market
- Tip for guide and driver
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance