This morning we travel 30km to the east of Hanoi, passing through the winding roads and vast rice fields to get to Nom Village - a 200-year old village which still retains ancient beauty.
When we arrive in the center of the village, we will be met by a beautiful architectural complex consisting of a communal house, an ancient well, and a banyan tree, a typical feature of northern Vietnam villages.
While wandering around, you will see that this beautiful village is not really affected by the “whirlwind” of urbanization, with a 200-year-old ancient gateway, ancient house, small red brick roads, a stone bridge, and old market area.
Leaving Nom Village behind, you will return to Hanoi and have lunch like a local with 2 options: Pho (Vietnamese flat noodle soup with beef or chicken) or Bun Cha (Vietnamese round noodles served with grilled pork and dipping fish sauce). Both are symbolic dishes of Hanoi.
In the afternoon, pass the “train street” of Hanoi before visiting the Flag Tower and the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long. At the “train street,” you will see how locals in the neighborhood live and do their daily activities in the little houses that are merely feet away from the train tracks.
The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long was first built in 1010 and recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2010, marking its 1,000 year old history. After many turn of events, some parts of the citadel still remain, including the central sector and the over 200-year-old Flag Tower.
The last but not least stop on your time traveling journey is Long Bien Bridge. Built between 1899-1902, Long Bien Bridge was, at the time, the longest bridge in Indochina. Over time, newer and larger bridges were built, leaving Long Bien Bridge for only trains, pedestrians, bicycles, and motorcycles. The rusty look of it will bring you back in time and create great photography opportunities.