ITINERARY BY DAY
A Day in Hanoi With Family (L)
Fuel up with a good breakfast, as this Hanoi family trip includes plenty of action-packed adventures. Begin the day with a journey to Bat Trang village on the outskirts of Hanoi. Take a walk through the streets to see dozens of family-run pottery shops, learning how the village has gained a reputation for Vietnam’s best pottery. Step into a workshop for a hands-on activity, using paint to decorate a piece of local pottery. The one-of-a-kind art work will be left to dry at the studio and delivered later to take home as a souvenir.
Return to the capital around midday and head to KOTO for lunch. Meaning ‘Know One, Teach One’, this fabulous restaurant doubles as a training program for disadvantaged youth. Enjoy a delicious meal and learn more about the students and the activities of the program.
This afternoon, continue exploring Hanoi with a visit to the city’s Ethnology Museum (closed on Mondays). Discover Vietnam’s diverse culture through the museum’s unique presentation of traditional articles of clothing. Enjoy wandering freely into long houses, stilted houses and other authentic ethnic-style dwellings that are displayed around the compound.
Then, watch a traditional water puppet show in the museum – a uniquely Northern Vietnamese art form which depict scenes from rural life and episodes of national history. Marvel as the puppets are made to leap on water, light tiny fireworks and even have a swimming race. This is also an amazing opportunity to interact with artisans while learning how to make puppets and control them.
Cool down afterwards with a sweet treat. Sample homemade ice cream from Hanoi’s most popular shop. The love of ice cream in Vietnam is a legacy of the French era of the country’s history. While there are plenty of unique Vietnamese interpretations to delight the senses such durian and mango, there are also classic varieties available to those who want to stick with what they know.
After a refreshing dessert, return to the hotel for a rest or continue to dinner at one of the city’s family-friendly dining venues.