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hn1Hanoi Old Quarter

The Old Quarter, near Hoan Kiem lake, has the original street layout and architecture of old Hanoi. At the beginning of the 20th century the city consisted of only about 36 streets, most of which are now part of the old quarter. Each street then had merchants and households specialized in a particular trade, such as silk traders, jewellery, etc. The street names nowadays still reflect these specializations, although few of them remain exclusively in their original commerce. The area is famous for its small artisans and merchants, including many silk shops. Local cuisine specialties as well as several clubs and bars can be found here also. A night market (near Đồng Xuân market) in the heart of the district opens for business every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening with a variety of clothing, souvenirs and food.

hn2The Art of the Water Puppetry

Located at 57B Dinh Tien Hoang, Hanoi, Thang Long water puppets theatre is famous in Vietnam. Thang Long water puppetry is a traditional art form with distinctive culture identity of Vietnam. It came to existence, developed and diversified over a thousand years ago in the Red River Delta. Thanks to unique performances on the water, Thang Long water puppetry art is famous and highly appreciated all over the world. Artists of Thang Long Water Puppetry Theatre, are very proud of bearing the name of a thousand-year-civilization capital, which has brought up the water puppetry art for over ten centuries

hn3The Temple of Literature

This pagoda and the surrounding complex have played a prominent role in the history of Vietnamese thinking. Originally it had been built in 1070 in honour of the Chinese philosopher Confucius, whose teachings have influenced Vietnam almost as strongly as they have shaped China. This temple has been for centuries the place where exams for the rank of Mandarin were taken. The exams lasted for 35 days and were extremely difficult. In 1733, for instance, only 8 out of 3,000 candidates passed the exams.

 

hn4Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is both a research centre and a public museum exhibiting the ethnic groups of Vietnam. The mission of the Museum is scientific research, collection, documentation, conservation, exhibition and preserving the cultural and historic patrimony of the nation’s different ethnic groups. The museum also serves to guide research, conservation, and technology that are specific to the work of an ethnographic museum. In its planning for the future, the Museum intends to present the cultures and civilisations of other countries of South-East Asia as well as in the region.

Address: Nguyen Van Huyen Road, Cau Giay District, Hanoi, Vietnam; Website: http://www.vme.org.vn

Duong Lam Ancient Village

Duong Lam Ancient Village has a history of about 1,200 years with many houses dating back up to 400 years. It is the only place in Vietnam where two kings came from.

Van Phuc Silk Village

During their stay in Hanoi, most tourists insist on a trip to Van Phuc Silk Village, the famous silk village of Hanoi to contemplate the genuine traditional silk-making industry.

Bat Trang Village

On the basic of tradition pottery technique, Bat Trang pottery workers have taken - abused-propagated greatly the progress of science technology into every stage in making pottery. It has made many types of top class pottery, that is useful and beautiful and it upgrades the sense of pottery art. The Bat Trang list of pottery getting high quality is longer more and more by day like bowl, dish, pot, cup, wine pot, a big flower-vase, leg lamp, lime-pot, big-bellied jar... It made by all sort of glazes as ancient pearl blaze, crackle glaze, dark glaze, indigo-blue flower glaze, Grey flower glaze, melt glaze... Thank to that the benefit of people in pottery village is getting higher.

tranganTrang An Eco-tourism Complex

Sprawling over 2,168 acres Northeast of the province, it includes four functional subdivisions that are a central area, a tourist area of ​​caves and caverns, an area of ​​Bai Dinh pagoda and an area of ​​tourist services. The Trang An ecotourism site is considered the "Ha Long Bay land". Here, space was so quiet that the only sounds were those of the trains. In the distance, visitors have the opportunity to perceive the white flowers of the reeds in the foothills. While enjoying fresh air and mountain scenery, which takes visitors into a magical world.

The entire cave is home to 50 of Trang An caves connecting 30 small valleys which follow about 10 kilometers from North to South. This is the perfect destination for who loves nature and discover the magnificent caves of Ninh Binh. Crossing the caves, we find a forest paradise of stalactites and stalagmites which form, stimulating the imagination, gave their name to many of these caves: Ba Giot, Seo, Dia Linh, Nau Ruou, etc.

tamcocTam Coc - Three grottoes

Tourists call this site of rare beauty "Ha Long Bay without water", "Ha Long Bay rice fields", etc ... While the high rock formations of Halong Bay to stand - above the sea, those of Tam Coc dorminent a landscape of rice fields. Tam Coc is located 7 km south - west of Ninh Binh commune in Ninh Hai district of Hoa Lu Tam Coc means "three caves" referred to as Ca, Hai, and Ba. The best way to visit is to walk in sampan for 3 hours on the Ngo Dong river. Formerly, this area was covered by the sea has eroded over the centuries the limestone rock formations. This place is also called "Ha Long Bay land".