Hanoi Bike Tours Cycle Bat Trang Village (1 day)Monday, January 28, 2013
The one-day bicycle tour is customized for family travel, holidays with kids and local expats and those loving an active, fun day tours around Hanoi. Start your day tour by biking along the red river dyke. You pedal through popcorn and rice fields and typical Hanoi urban villages to Bat Trang ceramic village. Opportunity to learn how to make a pottery, to discover a thousand-year old village before either riding further to Van Giang village, a pure agriculture village of the northern Vietnam. See Chau Van traditional music performances, visit ancient houses or learning to cook Vietnamese dishes…these are some activities you can assist before being picked up again by your support vehicle and transferred back to Hanoi. Contact Lotussia Travel for more details.
7:00 am you will be met up with Lotussia Travel guide at your hotel in Hanoi (please advise your hotel name). After a short briefing about the bike, gears and the biking trail, you will begin your adventure by pedaling from your hotel (for those who are not familiar with cycling in the city where the traffic is quite busy, we recommend booking a support vehicle. The extra charge will be advised by your Lotussia Travel consultant when you book the tour).
After about a half hour, you will cycle through the most busy area of the town, arriving Long Bien Bridge, the first steel bridge spanning the Red River in Hanoi, built by the French (1899-1902) and named for Doumer, read as though-love (the name of Governor Paul Doumer Indochina).
After crossing the bridge, you arrive the other side of the Red River. You will cycle along the dyke, and through corn fields, Hanoi rural villages.
After about three hour cycle, you will arrive Bat Trang pottery village. Located on the dykes of the Red River, Bat Trang is popular for being an ancient pottery handicrafts village. Most of the pottery kilns in the village still produce goods in the traditional way, which is similar to the ancient way dating back 700 years.
You will see the ancient art of ceramic making at a workshop or you can learn and try to make a clay product in one of many of the families producing these fine works of art.
After discovering the handicraft village, you continue cycling east towards the charming village of Van Giang where you will have lunch in a traditional house.
After lunch, enjoy a cup of green tea as take part in traditional music performance (Quan Ho, Trau Van & Ca Tru Folk Song) at yard.
Enjoy some more cycle if you like before being picked up by Lotussia vehicle and transferred back to Hanoi. Trip ends.