View of the countryside around Phat Tich Pagoda in Bac Ninh

Bac Ninh

Bac Ninh is the smallest province in Vietnam in both area and population. The provincial capital of Bac Ninh is only 30km north of Ha Noi and home to much of the old culture of Vietnam such as Quan Ho Quan Ho folk songs, the unique costumes called Ao Tu Than or Ao The Khan Xep (Long dress with long pants and a head-dress) for men and girls.

Bac Ninh is home to many traditional handicraft villages such as wood-carving, woodblock printing, old styled furniture, paper making, rice wine making. Traveling to Bac Ninh, you should try to get some of these as souvenirs.

Den Do Bac Ninh
Den Do - Bac Ninh - Vietnam

Bac Ninh is where the oldest pagodas and Vietnamese architecture are found of which the oldest pagoda date back to 2nd centure A.D.  
 
Bac Ninh is definitely recommended for on day trips from Ha Noi.

Quan Ho Bac Ninh
Performance of Quan Ho folk songs at Do Temple Bac Ninh

Travel and Tours
From Ha Noi you can take a day trip to Bac Ninh to visit the handicraft villages or the old pagodas or to sample lifestyle in the countryside of the Red River Delta and enjoy Quan Ho folk songs performed by local girls and boys.

 

Gate of Tan Hong Community House
Gate of Tan Hong Community House in Bac Ninh Province

Tieu Son Pagoda
Tieu Son Pagoda was also built first in the 11th century and the current version is from the 1950s. Tieu Son Pagoda is 3 km from Do Temple along Road No.1.

Paradissa offers different cultural tours to Bac Ninh including leisurely cycling tours and easy sightseeing tours. The tours to Bac Ninh takes a full day or half a day from Hanoi.

Kinh Duong Vuong Temple at Bac Ninh Vietnam
The Temple dedicated to Kinh Duong Vuong - the Vietnamese first-known ancestor at Bac Ninh Vietnam

Accommodation
There are many hotels in Bac Ninh province, but most of them are poorly facilitated and not many travelers stay overnight in Bac Ninh.
 
Getting there and away
By road: From Ha Noi you can hire a motorbike and drive yourself or hire a car to explore Bac Ninh in one day. You drive along Road No.1A, and after 20km, you come to the territory of Bac Ninh. There are many handicraft villages as well as old pagodas and buildings that are close to this road.