Westlake Life and Lacquer Workshop

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day tour

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Budget

Tour Period:

4 hours       Hanoi

tour highlights

  • Visit lacquer workshop of a famous artist
  • Hands-on practice in some simple stages of lacquer painting
  • Visit Dang Thai Mai, a suburban street brimming with life
  • Stop at Tay Ho Temple, one of the most sacred in Hanoi
  • Sample local delicacies, such as Westlake shrimp cakes and snail soup

tour details

Enjoy a leisurely 13.5 km bicycle ride around Westlake, Hanoi’s biggest inner city lake. You’ll start your journey heading past historic temples, pagodas, markets & residential areas. Say “hello” to smiling children & inhale the special atmosphere that surrounds beautiful Westlake. You’ll visit Quan Thanh Temple, one of four sacred guardian temples of Hanoi. You’ll satisfy your senses with the gentle breeze & fragrance that emanates from the lotus ponds near the lake. Stop at Tao Sach Pagoda & Tay Ho Temple, which is dedicated to St. Lieu Hanh – one of the four immortals in the Vietnamese pantheon. You’ll complete your unique adventure with a stop at a traditional Vietnamese cafĂ©, where you can try a Vietnamese coffee or tea & reflect on your once in a lifetime cycling experience.

Why choose this tour?

Cycle around tranquil Westlake to see temples, pagodas, markets, stunning views & friendly locals.

tour description

This excursion will immerse you into the culture, fine arts and everyday life of the Vietnamese. Your first stop will be a visit to a lacquer workshop. Then you'll either take a walk or drive to "Dang Thai Mai", (about 3 km) - a street of colourful and often bustling suburban Vietnamese life with street stalls and caf'e9s as well as market gardens renowned for growing Kumquat trees. You will first stop at Pho Linh pagoda. Next, proceed to Tay Ho Temple, one of the most sacred temples in Hanoi dedicated to the worship of St. Lieu Hanh, one of the four immortals in the Vietnamese pantheon and a former "cult" Goddess. At a nearby market, you may want to try some local delicacies, such as the famous Westlake shrimp cakes or a bowl of snail soup before returning back to central Hanoi.


  • Transfers and tours with local English-speaking guide in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fee as mentioned in the programme
  • Drinking water and cold towels available on the vehicles
  • Service charges, Government taxes and 10% VAT


  • Surcharges for other language guides
  • Optional tours
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the program
  • Drinks with meal
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
  • Surcharges for Lunar New Year (TET) holiday
  • Tips for guide and driver (at your discretion)
Tour code: EXHHWELB

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