SHORT MOTORBIKE TOUR AROUND HANOI’S VICINITY – 1 DAY
By Thanh Loan Tran
This short Hanoi one day motorbike tour is a combination of adventure trip and Vietnamese culture discovery that you should not miss the chance to take it while you are in Hanoi. You will visit the famous silk village of Van Phuc and some beautiful and interesting pagodas. It’s also the time out to get far away for the bustle and hustle of the city.
Destination: Hanoi Van Phuc Silk village Thay Pagoda Tay Phuong pagoda Hanoi
Hanoi Short Motorbike Tour to Van Phuc Silk Village, Thay & Tay Phuong Pagodas : 1 days
Overview: Hanoi with more than 1000 years old has plenty of historical and cultural sightseeing, This Vietnam motorbike tour in Hanoi is a combination of adventure trip and Vietnamese culture discovery. This is one of the most special Vietnam motorbike trip you should not skip once you’re in Hanoi.
Highlights:Visit the famous silk village of Van Phuc and some beautiful and interesting pagodas. Chance to get far away for the bustle and hustle of the city.
AM: 09:00 AM our motorbike tour departs from your hotel in Hanoi to Ha Dong district then make a turn on the small road to Van Phuc silk village in the southwestern outskirt of Hanoi. Park the bikes in the right place and have a walk around the village to see the daily life of the local and learn how to make good silk. All the Vietnamese people know about the good reputation of the Van Phuc silk. Now a day, the village look like a big market of silk production therefore it’s a good chance to do some shopping to get some good quality cloths with a reasonable price.
After the village, we keep riding through some countryside roads to Thach That district to have a enjoyable visit to Thay and Tay Phuong pagodas.
Thay Pagoda, alias Thien Phuc Tu Pagoda, was built in the 11th century during the reign of King Ly Nhan Tong. At first, it was a small pagoda managed by Priest Tu Dao Hanh. The pagoda was initially built according to Sino-Vietnamese character TamÂ – this character is formed by 3 hyphens parallel to each other.
The pagoda therefore consists of 3 sections: Ha Pagoda, Trung Pagoda, and Thuong Pagoda. The outer part, Ha Pagoda, is a place for offerings and ceremonies; the middle part, Trung Pagoda, is a place for worship of Buddha; and finally, the inner part is a place for worship of Priest Tu Dao Hanh. An automated sandalwood statue of Tu Dao Hanh that stands and sits is located in a red lacquered shrine trimmed with gold and covered with a curtain.
PM: Lunch is in the local restaurant after getting full of information about religion and traditional custom of the local people. In the afternoon, we pay visits to some rural villages nearby the pagodas in which you will never see other tourists. This could be the best chance to experience the real Vietnam. After that we ride on the Thang Long free way to get back to the hotel in city center before rush hours and finish enjoyable Hanoi day tour at about 3:30 PM.
End of tour!
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* ACCOMMODATION: – We endeavour to select a combination of good quality hotels that reflect the character of the local area as well as being as centrally located as possible, all the while striving to keep the cost affordable.
– Your trip will stay in a range of hotels / guesthouses with standardized quality.
– Please be aware that some hotel rooms, especially those in major urban centres or older cities, may be smaller than what you are used to in other parts of the world. Standards and ratings may also be different to your home country.
– Rooms are en-suite and either twin- or triple-share, depending on what you have booked. If you are a solo traveller, you will always be sharing a room with someone of the same sex otherwise you can pay a supplement to possess a single room
– If you are traveling as a couple and would prefer to have a double bed, please officially request a double room with us. We never presume that two people traveling together are a couple, even if you share the same surname, unless informed otherwise.
* MEALS: – Your included meals are detailed in the ‘More Inclusions’ section of this document.
– Breakfasts are included every day in the hotel (except on the first morning). They are usually ‘continental breakfasts’, which are typical in most countries. A typical breakfast may consist of cereals with milk or yoghurt, bread, croissants, cold meats, cheese and a range of spreads, with fruit juice, tea or coffee to drink. It is rare to get a hot breakfast in Asia, though on some occasions there may be some hot food available as well. Included evening meals are in local restaurants or accommodation places, and are either two or three courses. In most cases table water is provided with the meals, and if you wish to purchase additional drinks you can do so at your own expense.
– If you have any dietary requirements we will make every effort to cater to your specific needs as long as you advise your travel agent when you book, or make note by email before you set out. But please be aware that although we will do everything in our power to arrange it, we cannot guarantee that every restaurant we use will be able to cater to all dietary needs, particularly in Asia. We also cannot cater for tastes or dislikes, as most of our included evening meals feature a set menu.
* Ten Tips to Survive Vietnam’s Traffic: + DON’T spend hours waiting to cross the street on foot: that constant tide of traffic won’t stop until late at night, so
+ DO as the Vietnamese do: take the plunge and inch slowly across. Observe the Miracle of the Red Sea, as the traffic parts like magic, flowing smoothly in front of you or behind, meeting up again on the other side.
+ DON’T make any sudden or unpredictable movements: freeze if you have to, but never lunge forward or backward towards the safety of the sidewalk. In fact, you can do just about anything, but do it with conviction!
+ DON’T forget, if you’re riding or driving, to look where you’re going – all the time: if you hit anything in front of you, then it’s your fault.
+ DO give way to any vehicle bigger and noisier than yours. Trucks and buses are particularly dangerous: often old, sometimes unsafe and usually all over the road.
+ DO watch out for unfamiliar obstacles: water buffaloes, rocks of various sizes, broken-down trucks…, people sitting in the road, missing bridges, girls in ao dai cycling five abreast, slow-moving mountains of farm produce, dog fights, impromptu football matches, piles of building materials – and almost no light on anything at night..
+ DON’T hesitate to take evasive action – even if this sometimes means leaving the tarmac or coming to a dead stop.
+ DO try to avoid getting involved in one of the all-too-frequent minor accidents that plague Vietnam’s roads (and the major ones as well, of course), but if you are unlucky,
+ DON’T lose your cool, in spite of the interference of the large and vocal crowd that may gather: try to settle things amicably and swiftly. Sometimes, paying a reasonable amount of money will save you a lot of hassle.
+ DO remember that the only rule is: you’re not allowed to bump into anybody… irrespective of what they did or should have done, or of what the road signs or traffic lights were telling them to do. Some people still seem to think that anything red means forward, comrade
* Tipping for guides & mechanic: Our crews never expect tips themselves and will not ask for any; that’s not what friends do! However, so if you are really satisfied with all of what they did for you, please don’t mind tipping them a bit with a normal norm of US$ 7 – US$ 10/person for a guide per day and US$ 3 – US$ 5/person for a mechanic per day. (just don’t forget Mum’s souvenir).
+ Protection equipments for your elbows, knees & helmets
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