Hanoi Bike Tours Cycle But Thap Pagoda and Dong Ho Painting Village (1 day)Monday, January 28, 2013
A day bicycle tour around Hanoi takes you to the Hanoi countryside, rural area where you will experience the real, authentic life. Begin your day adventure cycling along the Duong dyke, through Vietnam northern countryside villages until you reach the But Thap pagoda where you will make a stop for visiting the pagoda. Continue cycling along village lane, passing by smiling faces to Dong Ho painting village. The one-day cycling tour is customized for both amateurs and professional cyclist. Kids, and family can also join the easy biking trip. Contact Lotussia Travel for more details.
8:00: You will be met up by Lotussia Travel guide at your hotel in Hanoi (Please advise your hotel name).
After briefing and a short warming up exercise you will leave Hanoi busy streets cycling out of the city center. The first part of the tour is a bit challenging because of the local traffic.
After about a half hour, you will arrive the Duong riverside where the cycle tour really begins. The name of the Duong River sounds intimately in the heart of every Vietnamese because of the charming and peaceful countryside the river meanders through. The numerous pagodas bordering the Duong River through history have added a major attraction to the Kinh Bac (northern) region.
We will cycle through some small villages, meeting up friendly local countryside farmers before arriving at But Thap Pagoda in time for lunch at a local restaurant (lunch is not included).
The name "But Thap" (Pen Stupa) was given by King Tu Duc in 1876 when, in Kinh Bac, he saw the beautiful stone stupa shaped like a pen at this pagoda, which had previously been known as Ninh Phuc Tu (Pagoda of Peace and Happiness). Visit the But Thap pagoda before continuing on to Dong Ho village.
Dong Ho village is famous for an old and special art form called Dong Ho. This art is attractive to the local and foreign people alike. Coming here visitors watch the artisan’s produce pictures using carved boards painted with various colors of ink.
Once in the village a visit will be made at craftsman Nguyen Dang Che's house who is renowned for his traditional paintings.
Late this afternoon, we will cycle back to Hanoi.