Our Hanoi family tour is a carefully crafted blend of outdoor activities, cultural exploration and great food fun for families! On this great day out kids can paint some handmade pottery, take a buffalo cart through an ancient village, explore hill tribe stilt houses representing the ethnic groups of Vietnam, take a paddle boat Hanoi’s prettiest lakes, sample fine Vietnamese cuisine in a child friendly environment and at the end of the day, see an exciting water puppet performance.
Start the day with a visit to Bat Trang Pottery Village located to the east of Hanoi. Famous for its blue and white pottery, much of today's Bat Trang pottery is made in moulds and hand painted in family style businesses which consume the whole village. The main street is lined with shops and just about every household is involved in the production. Once here you’ll be taken through the village by buffalo cart then into a workshop where pottery can be hand painted to any design and taken home (delivery within Vietnam can take a few days). Children love this creative activity plus a souvenir can be taken home at the end! Lunch is served in a local restaurant.
After lunch, take a tour of the city’s Ethnology Museum, here observe Vietnam's diverse culture through the Museum’s unique presentation of articles, houses and dress used in daily life. At the back of the museum houses highlighting the 54 different ethnic groups of Vietnam can be seen. Here you can enjoy wandering freely into long houses, silt houses and traditional Vietnamese houses amongst others. At the end of the afternoon take a ‘swan’ paddle boat on Truc Bach Lake which is a loved pastime of Hanoians and explore spectacular Tran Quoc pagoda. At the end of the afternoon taste some of Hanoi’s best homemade ice cream – the legacy of the French in Vietnam.
Late afternoon, watch a traditional water puppet show, a uniquely northern Vietnamese art form especially designed for depicting scenes from rural life and episodes of national history. Marvel as the puppets are made to leap on water, light tiny fireworks and even have a swimming race.