Dating from the 3rd century BC, Co Loa Citadel was the first fortified citadel in Vietnamese history and became the naiional capital during the reign of Ngo Quyen (AD 939-4-1). Only vestiges of the ancient ramparts, which enclosed an area of about 5 sq km, remain. In the centre of the citadel are temples dedicated to the rule of King An Duong Vuong (257-208 BC), who founded the legendary Thuc dynasty, and his daughter My Nuong (Mi Chau). Legend tells that My Nuong showed her father's magic crossbow trigger, which made him invincible in battle, to her husband, the son of a Chinese general. He stole it and gave it to his father. With this not-so-secret weapon, the Chinese defeated An Duong Vuong, beginning a thousand years of Chinese occupation. Đồng Kỵ furniture village is located in Từ Sơn district, Bắc Ninh province, over 20km from Hanoi. There are many furniture shops on both sides of the street, plus the mills to stock the timbers. Some furniture are inlaid with mother-of-pearl. We can find wooden chairs, tables, beds, wardrobes, Buddha statues as well as pearl inlay pictures at the shops. These products are for both local sale and overseas export.
This is a fantastic day out for cyclists and families. You will drive to the outskirts of Hanoi to discover Co Loa. Continue cycling the peaceful surrounding countryside to Ung Village, renowned for its statue wood carvings. This delightful village has cobbled stoned streets and tiny back alleys, surrounded by grapefruit orchards and rice fields. After a picnic lunch in the countryside, mount your bike for a short ride to Dong Ky Village, where the locals specialize in making traditional wooden furniture. Explore this village from your bike before driving back to Hanoi.
* Includes: Private vehicle + driver, English speaking guide, entry +sightseeing fees, mountain bike + helmet, first aid kit, drinking water +snacks, picnic lunch
* Excludes: Travel insurance + personal expenses
This is a sample itinerary so the cost really depends on number of people in your group and time of travel. Please contact us to customize this itinerary and price to meet your needs and budget.