Temple of the National Mother, Tay Thien Pagoda and the Mountain God Temple
Homestay with a local family
Explore Bac Binh and its surroundings by bicycle
The stunning Tay Thien Zen Monastery is built on top of a mountain northwest of Hanoi in the protected Tam Dao mountain range. Visit the temple of the National Mother, the Tay Thien Pagoda and the Mountain God Temple by cable car. Have dinner and spend the night at the homestay of a local Bac Binh family before exploring the village and its surroundings by bicycle the following day. If you are really keen, you can even give the farmers a helping hand.
Day 1: Hanoi – Tay Thien Zen Monastery – Bac Binh
Today you leave Hanoi at 8 am for a two-hour drive to the Tam Dao mountain range where the Tay Thien Zen Monastery is situated. The monastery, one of the three largest in Vietnam, is built on the ruins of an ancient pagoda on top of the mountain and offers stunning surrounding views. The Tay Thien Zen Monastery includes a library, a museum, a meditation house, guesthouses and a mess hall serving vegetarian food for its visitors.
A cable car takes you up the green mountains for a visit to the temple of the National Mother, the Tay Thien Pagoda and the Mountain God Temple.
At the base of the mountains, you check in at the homestay of a local Bac Binh family for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 2: Bac Binh – Hanoi
After breakfast, you discover the region by bicycle, which is the perfect way to learn about local agriculture and to enjoy the amazing scenery. Apart from rice, the farmers grow a wide variety of grains and vegetables. Depending on the season, you can help these local farmers plant or harvest their crops.
Your lunch is served at the homestay, after which you are transferred back to Hanoi.
Private air-conditioned transport
English speaking tour guide
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
Round trip electrical car and cable car tickets
Bottled water in your vehicle
Tax and service charges
Hotel in Hanoi
Drinks and other meals
Personal expenses and others not mentioned clearly in ‘included’ above
What to bring
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J'ai fait ce voyage avec ma copine il y a quelques semaines. Le monastère Tay Thien, le pagoda et les temples sont très jolis, mais il faut avoir de la chance avec la météo. Quand nous avons fait cette excursion, il y avait beaucoup de brouillard, et alors nous n'avons pas vu le panorama.
Heureusement le brouillard était disparu le jour suivant, et nous avons aimé la balade en vélo. Le homestay n'est pas grand luxe, mais c'était quand même une expérience.
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The monastery is very impressive and worth a visit. The cable car ride is fun and from the top you have even more breathtaking views!
We spend the night in a cosy homestay, with friendly local people. The bicycle ride on the 2nd day was great fun too, perfect for exploring the surroundings and learn more about local life.