ITINERARY BY DAY
GIONG TEMPLE AND THANH CHUONG PALACE
Transfer from Hanoi to Giong Temple, around 50-minutes’ drive from central Hanoi. Thanh Giong was a saint who helped to defend Van Lang from invading An (Yin) armies during the 6th Hung King Dynasty (500-BC). His legendary status has created a hero worship surrounding his name and the temple built during the pre-Le Dynasty (980) in his honour is an intriguing complex.
After the visit drive to Thanh Chuong Palace. Once there explore Thanh Chuong’s studio which is filled with antiques the artist has painstakingly collected over the course of his life. Ceramics, statues, art and sculptures fill the awe-inspiring ‘House of the Auspicious Clouds’. Surrounding the structure is a perfectly preserved 100-year old stilt house from the Muong hill tribe. The ‘House of Serenity’ a typical Northern Vietnamese-style house dating back some hundred years. As well as this there is a simple earthen house and other antique structures which offer fascinating insight into Vietnam’s cultural legacy. Enjoy a Vietnamese style lunch before returning to Hanoi. (L)
Note: This tour can be taken in the afternoon if desired without lunch. Contact your sales consultant for further info.
Note: Reservations during peak times (Christmas, New Year, Vietnamese Lunar New Year, National Holidays) are subject to supplementary charges.