Discover the hidden charm of two ancient Villages .
Very few tourists visit the village nowadays, and those who do are usually art students and journalists. Though a mere 30 kilometers away from Hanoi, Cuu Village today seems to be a forgotten city. Cuu village belongs to Van Tu commune, Phu Xuyen district, Hanoi. Many people call it “western village” as it has preserved dozens of villas that were built in a typically European architectural style.
The village has been known for many years as a tailoring hub. Thanks to the industry, residents have become rich. Their prosperity is shown in the architecture of houses built in the first decades of the 20th century. The houses that bring western ancient architecture only add to the beauty and unique characteristics of the village by sitting alongside typically Vietnamese constructions.
7:30 AM. Meet up at your hotel. After a short briefing about the bike and the route, we head to Phu Xuyen district, to the west of Hanoi by car.
On the way, we will pass many rice fields and flower gardens, stop and take photo with the farmers is a good idea.
Arrive Cuu Village, we start the sightseeing tour through small alleys in the village. You will feel like being in a different world leaving all the noisy and bustling city behind. Around the village, there is no tall building.
The houses with 3 chambers and front big yards are typical here. Sometimes alternating between the ancient houses are pure Vietnamese French architecture houses, solid, polished and robust. The small details of the villas are carved fussy flowers, cranes, phoenixes. We will have lunch in a local family or restaurant.
After lunch, we continue cycling to Chanh nearby village where Ca Tru was sang so many years ago.
Ca Tru singing is a long-standing music tradition in Vietnam. Ca Tru singing began in the 11th century during the Ly dynasty. Vietnamese people called it “A Dao singing.” Legend says, in Hung Yen province in ancient times, there was a very graceful woman named Thi Hue Dao who had a beautiful voice. She used her singing to entice the Ming enemy (a dynasty of China who invaded Vietnam at that time), and then she killed them.
Therefore, Vietnamese people built a temple in this province to worship her and she is still worshiped there now. We will visit Chanh village Catru club and a performance is on request. Say goodbye with the “farmer artist” we go back Hanoi by car.
Price Contact us
Tour Cost includes:
- Bike hire
- Cycle support by a/c vehicles
- All entrances to museums and sites mentioned
- Vietnamese English speaking guide
- 01 bottle of water each 2 hours cycling
- Fresh local fruits at break time.
- Meals mentioned
Tour Cost excludes:
- International Flights
- Departure Tax
- Visa Fees
- Alcoholic and other beverages in the evenings
- Personal travel insurance
- Any services not mentioned in itinerary
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