The below Vietnamese villages have an ancient and romantic beauty and they have become the destinations of many tourists. The village banyan tree, water well, and communal house yard have become common symbols of a Vietnamese rural village. You can find all these in Vietnam villages, and you may want to consider setting your foot in one of the following authentic villages. Travel Vietnam list here top 17 charming Vietnam villages which should not be missed.
1.Ban Lac Village, Mai Chau
Ban Lac is located in the Mai Chau Valley, It is about 146km from Hanoi or 3 hoursdrive. Nowadays the road to Mai Chau has been renovated and it becomes so much easy and enjoyable to access Mai Chau.
Ban Lac and Mai Chau in general is home of White Thai hill tribe and Hmong tribe. At night visitors could enjoy the show of dance and songs of local band, they will perform right on the floor of long house where visitors stay overnight.
Ban Lac Village is a charming rural village located in the Mai Chau district of Hoa Binh province in Vietnam. It is surrounded by scenic rice terraces, limestone mountains, and lush green forests. The village is home to the White Thai ethnic minority group and offers visitors a chance to experience their unique culture and way of life. Visitors can participate in various activities such as cycling, hiking, and exploring the village’s traditional houses. The village also has homestays where visitors can stay with local families and enjoy authentic meals. Overall, Ban Lac Village is a great destination for those looking to experience rural Vietnam and immerse themselves in the local culture.
You should visit Mai Chau on the 2 day trip. Travel Vietnam have very nice “Mai Chau Escape- 2 Days” and bring people in to the culture of Thai people and the trip get you to know much more about the local life of ethnic minority here in Mai Chau.
Remember to bring the walking shoes for the nice soft trek to Pom Com, Na Phon village and if you could manage the longer trek, you will reach to Xom Cum, Mai Hich villages.
2.Pom Coong Village (Mai Chau)
Pom Coong Village is a traditional village located in the Mai Chau valley of Hoa Binh Province in Vietnam. The village is known for its unique traditional Thai stilt houses, which are made from wood and bamboo and feature intricately woven patterns. Visitors can experience the daily life of local people by joining a homestay program, where they can sleep and eat with a local family and learn about their culture and customs. The village is also famous for its traditional textile products such as hand-embroidered brocade, handmade bags, and fabrics decorated with intricate patterns. Overall, Pom Coong Village is a great place to visit for those interested in experiencing traditional Vietnamese culture and way of life.
It is estimated that it takes approximately four hours to get Pom Coong Village, Mai Chau town among the top charming Vietnam villages. Here is a peaceful mountainous village amidst the northwest Vietnam and mainly inhabited by Thai people. To those who are seeking for an escape from the tiredness of life and high-octane prospect of downtown, Pom Coong is clearly ideal to choose; wonderfully, the poetic and mighty landscapes will convince them at any cost.
Do not get anxious about accommodations and things to do when traveling to the village as lots of inhabitants utilized their own home for homestay services and also sell exquisite crafts by their hands, like embroidered bags, souvenirs, scarves, purses, and others.
3.Van Duc Village, Hanoi
Van Duc is an agriculture village outside Hanoi about 30km or 40 minutes’ drive.
The village is located by the bank of Red river. The farmer has been growing all type of local vegetable to supply for the city. In the temple of village, they worship Chu Dong Tu one of 4 most powerful saint in the believe of local.
Recently in 2019, Trip Azia is a local company develop the eco tour in Van Duc. Visitors to Van Duc could experience the local life of Red River delta, join hands in some farming activities as fishing, farming vegetable or harvesting their farm products… The local painters and coordinators of Trip Azia project made some lovely hand paintings on the walls along country lanes, Most of the painting is about countryside life and farming activities…
Visitors can explore the village on foot, bicycle or motorbike, and experience the traditional way of life in rural Vietnam. If you have any specific questions about Van Duc Village or Hanoi, I would be happy to assist you further.
It is about 3-4 hours visit and you could combine with the stop at Bat Trang village or it could be a nice visit when you come back to Hanoi from Halong bay.
4.Bat Trang Village, Ha Noi
An ancient village located by the bank of Red River about 25km from Hanoi. The village has been making ceramic for over 500 years. The local craft men have hundreds of skills to process clays and controlling fire… they have made so many nice works of ceramics for local use and exports and arts…
A trip to Bat Trang, visitors could meet the local, visit the kilns, see how they make ceramics or make the paintings on ceramics works… visitors could join hand in some of the activities too. The trip to bat Trang last for 2-3 hours and you could combine with visiting Van Duc Village or Van Giang flowers villages.
5.Duong Lam village, Hanoi
Duong Lam village located in Son Tay about 60km or more than an hour drive from Hanoi.
This village become famous because it is birth place of Two Kings in Vietnam King Phung Hung (761-802) and King Ngo Quyen (896-944).
The trip to Duong Lam bring you to countryside of Vietnam with lots of bamboo bushes and rice paddy along the drive. You will see the ancient houses, meet local at their home and see they working at their farm..
It is half day trip and you could combine with a stop at Chua Thay pagoda and Tay Phuong Pagoda for a full day trip.
6.Quynh Son Village, Bac Son, Lang Son
Quynh Son is village of Tay tribe – one of 54 tribes in Vietnam. It is in Bac Son district, Lang Son province about 3-hour drive from Hanoi. You would better take 2-day trip to Bac Son and stay overnight at long house of Tay people, enjoy the dance and show of local band and next day trek to Na Lay peak (1,200 steps) for spectacular of rice field and mountains ranges. It was the base of Viet Minh (earlier of Viet Cong). The trip should include the visit of small waterfalls and a lovely cave that less people visit. Local culinary of Tay people with authentic home cooking is also the highlight of this trip.
7.Cua Van Village, Halong
Cua Van is a fishing village in the heart of Halong Bay – the top attraction of Vietnam. Cua Van is a lovely stop when you cruise on the bay. In this stop, time is limited because you have so many other next activities going on but you could take some photos, say help to local and get to know their life out here in Halong sea. You will find Fisherman’s house is so simple may know the real reason of that simplicity.
A community of around 1,600 people live on Ha Long Bay in four fishing villages: Cua Van, Ba Hang, Cong Tau and Vong Vieng in Hung Thang ward, Ha Long city. They live on floating houses and are sustained through fishing and marine aquaculture (cultivating marine biota), plying the shallow waters for 200 species of fish and 450 different kinds of mollusks. Many of the islands have acquired their names as a result of interpretation of their unusual shapes. Such names include Voi Islet (elephant), Ga Choi Islet (fighting cock), Khi Islet (monkey), and Mai Nha Islet (roof). 989 of the islands have been given names. Birds and animals including bantams, antelopes, monkeys, and lizard also live on some of the islands.
In general, Cua Van village is a lovely stop and you should be ready for this shot trip when you cruise on Halong Bay.