Outstanding settlements with old and lyrical beauty stretch over the S-shaped country from the north and central to the south. Referring to the Vietnamese countryside refers to the childhood sky of many generations of Vietnamese people. Before the changes in time, although the modern pace of life in the city is gradually creeping into the countryside, the image of the village is always intact.
I’m sure anyone visiting any village on the S-shaped strip of land shares a feeling of resilience and emotion. Were you moved by the poetic ancient beauty of the villages, standing firm in the harshness of time, or touched by the fullness of childhood? Just know that if you want your heart to be calmer and more peaceful, return to your Vietnamese village – the safest and most peaceful place.
Duong Lam ancient village, Hanoi
Only about 50km from the capital’s center, Duong Lam ancient village is located in Son Tay town and is a typical image for the northern village. Duong Lam old village is also one of the few villages in Vietnam that still preserves banyan trees, wharves, and communal houses. If you want to go back to the past and live in the ancient space of the 80s of the last century, Duong Lam’s old village is the right choice.
The “specialty” of Duong Lam ancient village no village has is laterite. This stone is taken from deep in the ground, the primary material for constructing many strange architectural works in Duong Lam’s ancient town.
Although more or less affected by the harshness of time, in Duong Lam, some ancient houses are still made of laterite, and some roads to the village are paved with this old stone. Duong Lam has 956 traditional houses; ancient houses mainly have Dong Sieng, Mong Phu, and Cam Thinh villages.
Bat Trang Pottery Village, Hanoi
Bat Trang Pottery Village is located in Gia Lam district, more than 10km southeast of the center of Hanoi’s capital. The first impressive point when coming to Bat Trang is the communal house of Bat Trang village – the place to worship the Citadel and the venue for festivals all year round. This place preserves almost intact the unique and ancient architecture.
At the end of the village is Van Van’s ancient house – a wooden house with a roof covered with trees. The house displays over 400 ancient ceramics from the 15th to 19th centuries. Van Van House was built in 2002 by Mr. Tran Ngoc Lam, a UNESCO Center for Antiquities Research and Conservation member. Recently, Bat Trang pottery village became a bustling place for trading and trading pottery. This is also a good sign when the ancient craft village is growing; households are also doing well, and life is better thanks to pottery. However, this bustle retains the rustic and rural space.
Nom Village, Hung Yen
It is not for no reason that Nom Hung Yen village is known as “the place to preserve the soul of the ancient Vietnamese village.” Over the decades, Nom Village (Dai Dong Commune, Van Lam District, Hung Yen Province) has always been highly appreciated by the cultural space with the characteristics of the villages in the Red River Delta.
The 200-year-old ancient village to this day retains the typical rural space. Coming to Nom village is coming to the outdated area, with banyan trees, old wells, communal houses, and the opportunity to drop the soul into poetic and dreamy things, to slow down and keep a calm mind before the waves of life.
Kin Chu Phin Village, Bat Xat, Lao Cai
Kin Chu Phin village in Bat Xat, Lao Cai, is likened to a fairy-tale town with the highlight of the mushroom houses with green moss roofs. This is a small village of the Ha Nhi ethnic community, located in a valley of overlapping mountains with an altitude of more than 1000 m.
Today, this village is gradually changing to more spacious, beautiful mossy grass-roofed houses that are progressively disappearing. The number of such dwellings now counts only on one finger. However, this unique village still attracts a large number of visitors.
Lao Chai Village, Sa Pa
Lao Chai village is about 7km from Sapa town. This place is famous for its stairs and majestic and poetic natural scenery. Not as busy and noisy as the center of Sa Pa town, Lao Chai village is hidden between two mountain slopes, leaning back against the majestic Hoang Lien Son mountain range, in front of which is the Muong Hoa stream flowing through.
Lao Chai feels like a fairyland, but perhaps the most impressive is the life of the ethnic people here. The rustic features and soulful spirit in the culture of ethnic minority villages in the highlands make Lao Chai a village that makes everyone remember once and for all.
Dong Ho Village, Thuan Thanh, Bac Ninh
Dong Ho village is a famous craft village with a folk painting line, located in Song Ho commune, Thuan Thanh district, Bac Ninh province, about 30 km from Hanoi. Nestled on the southern bank of the gentle Duong River, Dong Ho village has experienced many historical ups and downs to retain the precious values of Vietnamese culture until now.
Binh An Village, Lam Dong
Binh An village is the resort’s name along Tuyen Lam Lake, Da Lat, and Lam Dong. The resort’s design is inspired by classic French architecture combined with the quintessence of local architecture. As the name suggests, the village brings peace with a calm lake, hundreds of flowers blooming, and birds singing every morning. Binh, a town, has the beauty of a fairy-tale countryside; that beauty is so impressive that when you come here, it will feel like all fatigue in life is gone.
Mui Ne fishing village, Phan Thiet, Binh Thuan
Mui Ne fishing village is about 30km from Phan Thiet City (Binh Thuan), located along a coastline in Quarter 1 of Mui Ne Ward, with a coastline length of more than 1km. The beach here is tranquil all year round, making it an ideal location for boats to shelter.
Mui Ne fishing village is like a miniature image of the peaceful sea of Binh Thuan; the fishing village not only hides the bustling and joyful melodies of marine life but also has an indisputable charm.
Come to Phan Thiet and visit Mui Ne fishing village; you will be immersed in the shimmering silver of the sea, with simple rustic boats, or when the sunset of the sun disappears with the magical blue sky and quietly in the middle of hundreds of sleeping boats.
Cu Lan Village, Da Lat
Cu Lan village in Suoi Can village, Lat commune, Lac Duong district (Lam Dong province), covers over 20 hectares. A stream runs around here, which is the primary source of water for the K’ho village to live in. This beautiful little village is said to take its name from a species of tickle that grows alternately in the mountains and forests and from a rare species of tickle in the Red Book.
Sa Dec Flower Village, Dong Thap
Sa Dec flower village is in Tan Quy Dong commune, Sa Dec city, Dong Thap province. This is a traditional village of hundreds of years, located on the banks of the Tien River all year round windy, rich in alluvium, full of sunshine, and known as the land of ornamental flowers.
In the early years of the 20th century, the village had only a few households working as craftsmen to serve flowers to decorate the traditional Tet holiday. Realizing that flowers bloom beautifully because of the fertile alluvial soil accrued by the Tien River, people have multiplied the flower-growing model into a whole craft village.
Currently, the village has an area of about 500 hectares with more than 2,300 households growing about 2,500 species of ornamental flowers. Unlike most other flower-growing sites, the centenary flower village impresses visitors with the image of flower beds that “do not touch the ground.” The flower pots here are stacked or hung on trusses made of bamboo, which are higher than the ground, with shallow water canals flowing in the beds. Farmers use canoes to swim between the beds during the floating season to care for flowers.
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