Not only as the convergence of the political, cultural, historical, and social-economic quintessence built up over a thousand years of national construction of the Vietnamese nation, Hanoi is known as one of the most attractive tourist destinations of that lovely country. Therefore, when you travel to Vietnam, and Hanoi in particular, you will have chance to visit some of Vietnam’s symbols, take part in many different useful and interesting activities, and especially explore Bat Trang ancient village, which is considered to be one of the most favorable day tours Vietnam. And now let me give you some useful information about this interesting destination.
1. General information
Mr. Johns working in Victoria and Robert museum in London said: “Bat Trang Ancient village is the big pride of the Vietnamese people and the images of the inhabitants in Bat Trang being interested in working are beautiful moments in my memory”.
In the past, Bat Trang village belonged to Bac Ninh province in the past but now, it is located in the area of Gia Lam district in Hanoi. According to Complete Annals of Đại Việt, the name "Bát village" (Bát Tràng) appeared for the first time in 1352. But according to the epic, in Tran Dynasty (1010-1225), the residents in Bo Bat commune in Ninh Binh province came here to set themselves up in business and changed the name here into Bat Trang commune since there was a lot of kaolin in the land-a very good ingredient to make high qualified pottery. Moreover, this area is located near Nhi river (or Red river) which is very advantageous for transporting goods.
Since the high qualified products in Bat Trang commune entered into the society, they were loved by many costumers, from a gentleman in Thang Long imperial city to hard farmers in the countryside. The products are not only very well-known inside Viet Nam but its reputation was also flying across the country’s border. Since the 15th century, the ceramics in Bat Trang also appeared in the tributes for Chinese emperors, which was the center with the tradition of making pottery for thousand years and was famous all over the world. These products were not only well-known inside Viet Nam but they were also exported to many other countries since 1990 such as Japan, Korea, America and some countries in the EU. A lot of ancient pottery products were kept in some big museums in the world, for instance: Royaux museum in Belgium, Guimet museum in France. Even throughout the up and down of the economic situation, Bat Trang ancient village still has a solid position and is more and more asserting its position not only in Viet Nam but also all over the world.
Coming to Bat Trang, you not only can enjoy the wonderful space of an ancient village-the pride of the Vietnamese people but you also can accumulate a lot of real experiences about the way of making pottery or the human living here. These will be really good memories in the heart of each tourist.
Bat Trang ancient village is about 10 km far away from Hanoi so you are very flexible to travel by many different ways such as bicycle or motorbike. You go through Chuong Duong Bridge or Vinh Tuy Bridge then turn left. After that, you go straight ahead along the Red river’s dike for about 10 km. When you see the post which is written “Bat Trang ancient village”, you have already come to this place.
When you go in a group, you can pay attention to some positions in Ha Noi which allow you to rent a touring car.
If you want to go by bus, you can go to Long Bien bus station and chose the bus which has number 47 (Long Bien-Bat Trang). The end transition is Bat Trang village so you can feel free to enjoy the traveling to Bat Trang with a very cheap price.
Traveling by waterway is also not a bad idea: at the weekend, there is a tour: Red River-Bat Trang village lasting 1 day. It starts at 7h10 a.m. and finishes at 5 p.m – this is also one of the most favorable day tours in Vietnam.
Note: the ticket price can be changed depending on the time.
The tour program for foreigners and inland tourists: the car and tour guide of A Dong Tourist Company will welcome their passengers in the meeting place to visit Bat Trang village from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
3. What to bring?
You should bring some food and drink as you bring for your picnic such as cake, bread, water, sausage, etc. You should not bring too heavy because it may affect your traveling. Moreover, you can also have lunch in the market with some common dishes, for example, noodles, grilled meat noodles and some kinds of rice cake (filled with brown onion) with reasonable prices.
Note: the weather is very hot in summer. You should bring a hat, umbrella and drink a lot of water.
4. What to play?
- You can walk around the village or choose the way traveling by buffalo cart to enjoy the space here. Traveling by a buffalo cart costs from 150,000 to 200,000vnd and this way of traveling can take 10 tourists. Traveling by this way, you can have the chance to go around the village and feel very interesting.
- Kneading pottery: Many citizens provide this service. The host will teach you the way to make pottery. It takes 1 hour for you to make a pottery by yourself. The price of a product ranges from 30,000 to 50,000vnd. You can also refer to some households which provide that kind of service such as Phuoc Duyen pottery restaurant – near Xu market, the second hamlet in Bat Trang village from Monday to Sunday (from 8 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.), Quynh pottery playground-number 18 at 20/12 street in Bat Trang.
- Wandering in Bat Trang market: this market is divided into some small counters to sell many types of art and craft products, from high qualified products to common products, worshipping objects, souvenirs, glass...
5. What to visit?
- Making pottery at home: there are many families making pottery around Bat Trang village, even in the Bat Trang market: Phuoc Duyen Pottery Company, Bao Khanh Pottery Company. You can visit these families and companies to see how they make pottery and look for the history of this village, also the process to make a product.
Making Pottery in Bat Trang
- Communal house of pottery in Bat Trang: the communal house is located near Red River, where the tourists traveling by the waterway will start their trip and walk into the village. You only need to ask the inhabitants living here, they will show you the way.
- Van Van house: this house is located at the end of the village. This place demonstrates over 400 ceramics from the 15th century to 19th century. This house was constructed by Mr. Tran Ngoc Lam-member of UNESCO center on research and preservation for the value of national antiquity in Viet Nam in 2002. This place kept a lot of pottery made by different trade villages, especially from Bat Trang village.
-After ending the trip to Bat Trang village, you also visit other positions near Long Bien such as the old quarter, Hoan Kiem lake.... and also enjoy many nutritious dishes in the old quarter and walk around Hoan Kiem lake to enjoy the wonderful space and Trang Tien ice-cream in the evening.
*Note for you when visiting Bat Trang village:
- When buying pottery in the market, you should negotiate and remember to check your products carefully before you go home.
- If you intend to buy a souvenir, you should buy at the end of travelling in order not to affect the whole trip.
- When walking in the market, you should be careful because if you broke the products, you will have to compensate for them.
- When going home, let’s relax by steeping your feet into the warm weak salt water because when you have to walk all day and get tired, having a bath with the warm weak salt water will help you dispel your stress.
A lot of exciting activities are waiting for us to explore, right? You can observe how high-quality ceramics, especially make pottery by ourselves – they are reasons why I suggest it as one of the best day tours Vietnam in general and day tours in Hanoi in particular. Let's start now with VieGo