This is a carefully crafted blend of outdoor activities, cultural exploration and some culinary fun. The day has been planned with families very much in mind, especially suitable for those under 16 years.
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 by the family businesses that make up the entire village. The main street is lined with shops and just about every household is involved in the production. Walk to 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! Afterwards, venture deeper into the village to discover a house where locals worship their ancestors. Here, a local elder explains the unique aspects of Vietnamese culture and its spiritual beliefs.
Conclude the trip by learning all about banh cuon or rice pancakes, a dish of northern Vietnam. Pay close attention to the master chef as he explains the art of creating this local specialities, and typically rewards visitors who are able to prepare the best banh cuon. After this fun and rewarding experience, sit down and enjoy a tasty self-made lunch of local specialities.
The trip concludes with a tour of the ceramic market that really puts the influences of Vietnam’s growing economy into perspective. Expected return to the hotel is around mid-afternoon.