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Available in Hanoi, Hoian & Saigon


Tour type: Art, Culture, Local life

Duration:  Full day tour (from 3pm to 10pm)

Participants: unlimited

Price: From US$85 per person

Rating: *****


  • Get closer to the rural life via the show and the religion by visiting the oldest and typical pagoda

  • Discover the culture, the local daily life in Vietnam 

  • A complex of the modern stage, natural landscape and Feng-shui location for the performance of local farmers and talented dancing students.



By launching this tour, we are ambitious to provide you the “panorama” view of our beloved country’s the culture and the art in general and especially the Quintessence of Tonkin.


If you need some unique activities to spen d your free time from afternoon to evening, it seems to be perfect suggestion to hand-pick this product.


In the afternoon, at 14:00, our local expert will say “Hi” to you then we take private drive to “Chua Thay” - Thay pagoda which is one of the 3 oldest pagodas (Tay Phuong pagoda, Huong pagoda and Thay pagoda). This pagoda is very famous not only the place “Tu Dao Hanh” Zen master lived before passing away but also its location is marked 10/10 for Feng Shui theory. Its backyard is Sai Son mountain and front yard is picturesque river.


It is not over 18 km far from Hanoi city center, it is getting more and more both domestic and foreign tourists reach there for visiting or studying more about Vietnamese ancient religion and culture. In the past, it seems to be the forgotten land during the war and nowadays, it becomes one of the oldest and biggest cradle of Buddhism religion nearby Thang Long citadel (the old name of Hanoi capital). With this special character, this pagoda owns the very valuable and continuous antiques over continuous dynasties from Ly, Tran, Le, Mac and Nguyen.


After that, we enjoy short drive while breathing the fresh air and peaceful scenery of countryside as well as feel the rhythm of the rural life before reaching to the meeting point where we enjoy the show of “the Quintessence of Tonkin”.


The show is originated from the legend of Zen Master Tu Dao Hanh who founded Thay pagoda. With the dyanmic team, it has been built-up for many years with the strong support of hundreds of farmes, performers, an interactive stage, modern technology and stunning scenery. The main content of this show is to focus on the rural daily life with the amazingly peaceful atmosphere. Whole of this show is the fusion of many typical traditional art, folk songs and dance which maximize all our 6 senses.


The performers are divided into two groups such as: local peasant families, bringing their experience and life to the audience, and a group of talented students from the Hanoi Dance School, bringing for youth and energy. By admiring their perform, the scenery of the cultural atmosphere of the northern delta with daily activities of the people will be revealed in front of you.


The theater itself is a technical masterpiece with a modern hydrothermal system which pushed the 15-ton Thuy Dinh house from underwater in just one minute.  Costumes are made from traditional patterns and raw materials - silk and cotton. All are made in situ, and to faithfully illustrate our history and culture, they are produced under the supervision of a historian and many artisans. After that, enjoy free-hassle private transfer back to your hotel inside Hanoi Old Quarter. Tour ends.

Optional tours:​ Hanoi Boutique Tree House Homestay


Other Experience:


·       All private transfer and transportation

·       Accommodation in shared twin/double room with daily breakfast

·   Experienced English speaking guide, except the free days as mention in the program

·       Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast ; L: Lunch ; D: Diner)

·       All sightseeing tickets and permits.

·       Water on car.

·       Services charges and government tax.

·       No extra charge after confirmation

·       24/7 hotline support guaranteed

·       Bottled mineral water on bus



·       All Flights in tour

·       Other meals and drinks

·       Travel insurance

·       Personal expenses, tips and gratuities

·       Vietnam visa stamp fee

·       Others not mentioned above



  • Rooms at hotels are available only from 1400 on arrival day till 1200 on departure date. A supplement will be added if early check-in or late check-out is desired.

  • About homestay, kindly notice that almost homestays are clean and in good conditions in big cities such as: Hanoi, Hoian and Ho Chi Minh city. However, in some remote area or in mountainous area, almost homestays belongs to the ethnic or hill tribe people, they are is very basic and we will share the same huge space with other groups. Each groups will be separated by the curtains, each person will be provided one mosquito net, pillow, blanket and mat.

  • Please bring with you some necessary stuffs on tour such as: anti-insect repellents, anti-sun cream, sung-glasses, good shoes.


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