A city break to Nam Dinh province
About this experience
Nestled about 100 km to the south of Hanoi, Nam Dinh is a coastal province in the southern Red River Delta and the native land of the Tran Dynasty, the most prosperous in the history of Vietnam feudal era.
Though Nam Dinh still remains an unfamiliar name in travel guidebooks for international audience, it has been rightfully recognized among locals to be the spiritual destination in the region one should not miss. With a long history, it is not a surprise to learn that Nam Dinh has nearly 4,000 historical cultural sites including 77 recognized nationally, 216 recognized provincially; among which are typically historical, cultural, architectural monuments such as Tran Temple, Pho Minh pagoda, Co Le pagoda, etc. There are more than 70 craft villages involved in woodcarving, lacquer, rattan weaving, and ornamental tree plantations.
Thanks to the developed road system, it only takes visitor a little more than one hour to travel to Nam Dinh from Hanoi, which is an ideal distance for a quick city break. In this tour, visitor will be taken to the rural area of the province and visit old villages, learn about their history and how people are carrying on their forefathers’ tradition into modern life.
- Visit Vi Khe village with the traditional craft of planting and shaping bonsai tree
- Visit countryside museum where many artifacts and objects used in daily farming life are displayed
- Enjoy the local lunch in a local restaurant on the way
- Visit a salt field on the coastal side of the province and experience some of the salt making process
- Visit Phu Nhai church and listen to its interesting history from your friendly tour guide
Your positive contribution
Promoting responsible tourism
This tour is designed and organized by a tour operator who cares about quality community tourism. All communities featured in the tour are supported with training, loans (for homestay equipment) and tourism marketing and promotion. Your visit will help local communities by providing additional income and promoting responsible tourism in Vietnam.
Hanoi – Vi Khe Bonsai village – Countryside Museum – Phu Nhai church [G/L]
* Price: from $67/pax (for a group of 4). For the best price, please contact us.
7:30 Guests will be picked up at their hotel and ready for an exciting journey ahead. On the way there might be some stops for break and sightseeing.
9:30 Arrive at Vi Khe Village in Nam Dinh province. This is one of the oldest and biggest bonsai villages in Vietnam. This traditional craft has been passed down from generation to generation 800 years ago. You will have chance to talk to artisans to learn the meaning of bonsais in Vietnamese belief and how artisans work to shape those trees into bonsais (phoenix, dragon, horses, unicorn, Temple of Literature, etc.)
11:00 Visit Countryside Museum where collects and keeps many artifacts and objects in the normal life of Vietnamese farmers.
12:30 Have lunch with local food in a local restaurant in Giao Thuy.
13:30 Next stop is a salt field, where the sea salt is made. You will learn the process of this job and if you want you can also experience yourself.
14:30 Get back to the car to visit Phu Nhai Church, has the most amazing original Gothic Spanish architecture built in 1866.
15:30 The visit to Phu Nhai church is the last stop of the day. You will be taken back to your hotel. Tour ends!
✓ English-speaking guide
✓ Lunch and water on the way
✓ Entrance ticket
✘ Personal expenses (extra food and/or drink)
✘ Tips / gratuities for tour guide and driver
✘ Travel insurance
- Starting time: indicated in each itinerary
- Meeting point: Pick-up at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter area or at Hanoi Opera House.
- What to bring:
- Clothing: comfortable and proper clothes. As you will visit some pagodas and local people, please wear clothes that cover your knees and shoulders.
- Personal items: sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, etc.
- We encourage our guests to bring reusable water bottle to refill (drinking water provided at the beginning of the trip)
What's the weather like?
- Nam Dinh has a tropical monsoon climate with an average temperature of 24°C. December and January receive lowest temperature (16 – 17°C). The hottest month is July when the temperature can reach 30°C. Tourists can travel to Nam Dinh at anytime of the year to explore different aspects that Nam Dinh has to offer.
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