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Foreign visitors’ impressions of cycling through Duong Lam ancient village

Located about 50 km from downtown Hanoi, Duong Lam ancient village is an ideal choice for a weekend cycling tour, especially for those interested in culture and architecture. On a sunny summer day, we decided to embark on a bike tour to the village. To ensure we had enough time and energy, we agreed to start our journey at 6 AM from the West Lake.

The National Highway 32 route is beautiful and clear, with many sections offering scenic views of rice and corn fields. The group pedaled quickly at first to escape the city’s stifling air, then slowed down to breathe in the fresh morning air as we passed the vast flower fields.

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foreign-visitors-impressions-of-cycling-through-duong-lam-ancient-village

After over an hour of non-stop cycling, we reached Son Tay town, just as roadside stalls were bustling to prepare breakfast, and everyone was starting to feel hungry.

A member of our group, familiar with the area, led us to a noodle and rice roll shop that he claimed was the best around. True to his word, we enjoyed a delicious breakfast, and each of us also tried a Phu Nhi rice cake, a local specialty of Son Tay, which was very fragrant and rich.

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After about an hour of eating and resting, we continued our journey, turning onto the road to Trung Ha to reach the ancient village. This stretch was only about 4-5 km, with lush green rice fields lining both sides to the village gate.

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foreign-visitors-impressions-of-cycling-through-duong-lam-ancient-village

We stopped at a small refreshment stall under a large banyan tree at the village gate to drink fresh green tea, eat peanut candy, and take in the surroundings while snapping some photos. The village gate, with its distinctive architecture and the typical scenery of the Northern Delta such as the banyan tree and the village well, gave us a cool and peaceful feeling.

Next, our group passed through the wide gate and followed the narrow brick-paved paths to visit the ancient houses. One unique aspect is that all the houses turn their backs to the road, featuring mysterious laterite walls and moss-covered tile roofs.

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foreign-visitors-impressions-of-cycling-through-duong-lam-ancient-village

According to a resident, there are about 45 ancient houses in the village made of wood and laterite, dating back hundreds of years. We visited Mr. Huyen’s house and Mr. Hung’s house, which are two of the largest, most beautiful, and most famous houses in the area.

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Here, we listened to the homeowners share many interesting stories about the history of the houses and the current life of the Duong Lam villagers. Besides traditional farming, the locals also make a living through the craft of making soy sauce. Large jars of soy sauce filled the courtyards, adding to the ancient charm of the houses.

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foreign-visitors-impressions-of-cycling-through-duong-lam-ancient-village

After touring around Duong Lam for about an hour, around noon, we returned to Mr. Hung’s house for lunch. He had set up a small dining area beyond the front courtyard to serve visitors.

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However, due to the limited space, they could only accommodate a few guests at a time. We were fortunate to visit on a less crowded day and could arrange for lunch at his house on the spot. Most groups typically have to make reservations in advance before arriving.

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foreign-visitors-impressions-of-cycling-through-duong-lam-ancient-village

For lunch, we enjoyed rustic dishes made from local produce in Duong Lam village. The meal included boiled bamboo chicken, boiled water spinach with soy sauce dip, braised pork with eggs, soup with crab and bitter gourd vine, and pickled eggplant. Afterward, we were treated to Phu Nhi cakes, sweet soup with lam (a local dessert), and fresh green tea. The lunch was simple yet delicious, and most of us found ourselves eating quite a bit.

We said goodbye to Duong Lam around 4 PM to return to Hanoi, making sure to purchase some Mong Phu soy sauce, lam sweet soup, and peanut candy as gifts for our families at home. It marked the end of a delightful day trip in the countryside

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