Northern Villages of Nam Dinh

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  • No booking fees
  • duration 11 hours
  • tour type Group
  • tour_type Group tour
  • age requirement 12+ yrs
  • age_requirement 12+ yrs
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Ends Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Admire the skilled craftspeople of Vietnam’s Red River Delta and visit the home of a local artist 
  •  Get a handson lesson in making a water puppet and enjoy a mini water puppet show 
  •  Enjoy a bike ride through the beautiful Vietnamese countryside 
  •  See a cooking demonstration of a traditional dish you’ll then get to enjoy in a pretty garden setting 
The Northern Villages of Nam Dinh tour starts and ends in Hanoi. The Northern Villages of Nam Dinh is a city sightseeing tour that takes 11 hours.

Leave hectic Hanoi behind and discover the northern villages of Nam Dinh on a half-day adventure alongside a local guide. Take a scenic bike ride through the Vietnamese countryside, visit a local market and an artist’s home, take in a mini water puppet show, and enjoy a cooking demonstration before tucking into a tasty local dish – all of which combine for an unforgettable experience in Vietnam.
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  • Mr. Philip
  • On Jun 26 2016
“A wonderful way to explore Madrid's hidden corners, its history, food and drink. We were lucky not only to be guided by Cecilia on the first of her revamped Madrid tours, but to share the experience with Gloria, Inez, Sara and Jaime, who were learning about leading the tour in future. Cecilia's knowledge, enthusiasm and friendliness (and likewise her colleagues') made for a very special start to our holiday. Thank you. We will certainly join Urban Adventure tours when we re-visit Madrid or stay in other cities.”
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  • Mr. Mark
  • On Mar 24 2016
“Quick day tour in Nairobi before joining my main Intrepid tour and this fulfilled what i wanted 100%. the National Park is the highlight but the Giraffes and Karen Blixen were well worth a visit.”
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  • Mr. Marc
  • On May 27 2016
“We had a very fun evening with Luong and the other guests. She took us to several sites where we ate very well, and interacted with the local chefs. Highly recommend!”

Our journey begins with a 2 ½ hour drive from the hectic capital of Hanoi to beautiful Nam Dinh. On the way, we’ll visit Hong Quang, a village well known for water puppetry. We will have a chance to learn about the process of creating a puppet and how to use it, as well as enjoy a mini water puppet show in the village.   

Upon arrival at our main destination, we’ll start with a welcome drink along with a local snack. Then it’s time to relax and enjoy an orientation walk around a local home to learn about these old houses typical of northern Vietnam. You will also see the garden and learn about the different types of trees grown there, including peach blossom, persimmons, grapefruit, and different kinds of bonsai. 

If you happen to be getting hungry by this point, we have you covered. Lunch is next and comes in the form of a cooking demonstration of a traditional Nam Dinh dish which you’ll then enjoy inside or out in the garden, depending on the weather.  

After lunch, it’s time to hop on our bikes following a short safety briefing. As we cycle, we’ll be passing by the unique architecture and beautiful scenery of the Vietnam countryside, making it a relaxing ride that’s also easy on the eyes. We’ll make a stop at a local market to see villagers going about their day and to have a snack of seasonal fruit or local cake.  

Our cycling route continues past Pham Phao Church which was built in 1908. Pham Phao villagers are known as true farmer artists and we will visit the home of a local artist. He is a fourth-generation craftsman known for his brass instruments. The family has practiced this craft for decades and he is famous for repairing and making brass instruments as well as playing them. 

After a full day packed with memories, tasty local food, and unforgettable experiences we’ll make our way back to Hanoi where you’ll be dropped off at your accommodations. 

  • Lunch and cooking demonstration
  • Return transfers
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Welcome drink
  • Water refills
  • Finger food or tropical fruit at local market
  • Bike rental and helmet.&Nbsp;
  • All entrance fees
  • Additional food and drinks
  • souvenirs and personal shopping
  • tips/gratuities for your guide
  • travel insurance. 
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Cancellation for this Northern Villages of Nam Dinh tour is free up to 48 hours before the chosen start date - full refund will be given. If cancellation is made less than 48 hours before the chosen start date, no refund applies.


For any tour departures within 19 January 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 19 January 2021, a deposit of 100% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 0 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Northern Villages of Nam Dinh tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Northern Villages of Nam Dinh tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Meeting start point :

Meet at the front entrance of Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi. 

Meeting end point :

Drop off will be at centrally located hotels in Hanoi.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour follows established guidelines that are in line with the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ framework against COVID-19.
  • This tour follows the local government(s) recommendations for gatherings and group sizes.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing is highly encouraged on this tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected.
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