Westlake Life and Lacquer Workshop

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day tour

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Standard

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tour highlights

  • Get a look at the everyday life of Vietnamese people
  • 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

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 cafés as well as market gardens renowned for growing Kumquat trees. You will first stop at a “working” 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.

tour description

This excursion will immerse you into the culture, fine arts and everyday life of the Vietnamese. Drive to the north end of the legendary Westlake, Hanoi's biggest inner city lake. Your first stop will be a visit to the lacquer workshop of Mr. Tran Anh Tuan, Master of Arts and lecturer at the Hanoi College of Industrial Arts. You will be introduced to the history of Vietnam's lacquer craft and get hands on practice in some simple stages of lacquer painting.

Then either take a walk (or drive) to "Dang Thai Mai", (ca. 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. These trees are commonly purchased by the Vietnamese over 'Tet', the lunar new year. You will first stop at a "working" pagoda. 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. You may want to try some local delicacies at the nearby market, such as the famous Westlake shrimp cakes or a bowl of snail soup before returning back to central Hanoi.

includes

Transportation in A/C vehicles
Entrance fee
English or French speaking guide
(other language guides are available on request and surcharges apply)

    excludes

    Meal
      Tour code: HANDHWEL

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