Duong Lam Ancient Village

Located in Son Tay town (about 50 km northwest of Hanoi), Duong Lam ancient village is considered as a unique laterite museum with a history of more than 1,200 years with many houses dating back up to 400 years. Besides Hoi An ancient town and Hanoi Old Quarter ‘s recognition, Duong Lam is proudly the first ancient village recognized as a national relic by the Ministry of Culture and Information on November 28, 2005. Retaining the basic characteristics of Vietnamese ancient villages in general, Duong Lam with its unique architecture and many cultural-historical relics has welcomed many tourists coming from all over the world.

Duong Lam

There are lots of both indoor and outdoor activities that you can experience in your trip to Duong Lam including learning about the local foods supply in a local house, walking, cycling, and chatting with locals living in the ancient houses, visiting the pagoda, wandering through rural market and biking around the village heading to Ngo Quyen and Phung Hung temple. Other important religious sites besides the village that you can pay a visit to are Mia Pagoda, Mong Phu Communal House, Phung Hung Temple, Cam Lam Village, and Son Tay Old Fortress featuring a preserved banyan tree gate and flag tower.

Duong Lam Ancient Village

The peak time to visit Duong Lam ancient village is from September to early December which has a cool climate for outdoor visiting. Other months still can be considered but summertime is a bit hot. Another nice time to visit Duong Lam is around Tet Holiday (Vietnamese New Year) when lots of decorations and celebrations are hanging in the village.
From Hanoi center, it takes about one-and-a-half-hour drive via the National Highway 32 to reach Duong Lam. If driving a motorbike, it will be more than 2 hours to get to the village. Duong Lam ancient village tour is convenient to combine with a visit to Ba Vi National Park which is located just 40 minutes’ west.