Hanoi cycling tour: Cycling to Thay and Tay Phuong pagoda (one day)Sunday, December 23, 2012
The one day Hanoi cycling tour is arranged in the north-western Hanoi where you have the opportunity to experience the farming and spiritual life. Begin your day adventure with a car transfer to Song Phuong village. Make a stop and assist to the real life as you learn how to plan vegetable and other agricultural activities. Enjoy your home-hosted meal before continuing your bicycle ride further south-west to Thay pagoda. Visit the pagoda and cycle for some more kilometers to Tay Phuong pagoda. You cycle through a rural area where people live of planting rice. Ending the cycling activity, you will be picked up again by your support vehicle for the drive back to Hanoi. Contact Lotussia Travel for more details.
7:00 a.m you will be met with Lotussia Travel team at your hotel in Hanoi. After a short briefing about the day tour and the biking trail, you will be transferred out of Hanoi city center. After about one hour drive, you will arrive in a countryside village where you will have the opportunity to do gardening with local farmers. The local farmers grow different type of vegetable and orchards which include cauliflower, cabbage, tomato, green peas, Chinese peas, corn, oranges, pomelo, papaya and more.
Join with local farmers to work on the farm. Depending on the season your works might involve with raking, sowing, watering greens, picking greens and other gardening activities.
This morning is ended with a lunch in a local house and you will enjoy local dishes, seasonal vegetable, fruits and Vietnamese green tea.
In the afternoon you will visit the Thay Pagoda - a complex of temples, communal houses and pagoda nestled at the foot of a large limestone cliff formation, characteristic of the area. Built in the 11th century during the reign of King Ly Nhan Tong, Thay Pagoda consists of three sections: the outer part for offerings and ceremonies, the middle part for worship of Buddha and the inner part for worship of the monk Tu Dao Hanh, the master after whom the pagoda is named.
In front of the pagoda is a small stage built on stilt in the middle of Long Tri Pond. It is the place where water puppet performances are held during festivals from the fifth until the seventh days of the third lunar month.
We then proceed to Tay Phuong Pagoda which is situated on the top of Buffalo Mountain. This pagoda could be the most beautiful pagoda in Northern Vietnam with an ancient architecture, impressive wooden statues of Buddha and Arhats.
After visiting the Tay Phuong pagoda, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Hanoi. The end of our services.