If you do not have much time in Hanoi or just prefer a short day trip around Hanoi, it is nice to visit 3 villages “Violin, Wooden, Ancient villages”, just enjoy the transfer by local train for an hour and car for 2 hours. Especially make friends with locals and enjoy the lunch with hosts.
At 9.15, tour guide and car driver will pick you up in your hotel lobby, then transfer 10 minutes to the railway station where you will get on the train for a ride 60Km (~1 hour) to the countryside tour. It is quite interesting to view the farming from the window. Ride like a local.
At 11.00, the car driver will meet you again, then a short drive to Violin village where you start walking 30 minutes along the village, it is nice to know about agriculture, farms mostly rice and buffalo, but also cabbages, tomatoes and flowers, fish pond……
Mr. Nguyen warmly welcome you to visit his family, lives modestly in a traditional small house with a green, moss-grown roof and make friends with the members, then wonderful time to hear the violin bythe owner, playing music is not just these farmers’ hobby, but their real passion. The violin is known as the hardest instrument to learn, and the villagers wouldn’t have stuck with it if they didn’t love it.
Like other villages in the countryside, Violin village is ordinary, simple and peaceful. No one can at first believe that it is the unique violin village in Vietnam which has traditionally played violin for nearly 60 years.
At 12.00, have a lunch with locals and exchange the cultural and daily lives, next visit other village nearby, well- known furniture. It is a reason why is named by Wooden village, seeing skilled carpenters are making a lot of nice furniture, wooden products.
At 13.30, say goodbye with friendly hosts, the car driver will transfer for ~1.5 hour back Hanoi and stop to visit the third village.
At 15.00, you will reach Ancient village, then walk to the market and famous pagoda for its old architectural features. After entering the village’s gate, you will be impressed with the ancient landscape as old houses, wells, banyan trees…and walking around the village for an hour visiting, then driver take a short drive back Hanoi.
At 17.00, you will finish the tour in your hotel and see you next trip!