Tho Ha village
Tho Ha village

Tho Ha Village, Bac Giang

Tho Ha Village is in Bac Giang Province, 50km north of Hanoi. The village used to specialize in making pottery wares. In the 1980s, the villagers abandoned the old tradition and adopted new ones: making rice noodles, rice crackers… Vietnam is fast in advancing forward yet visiting Tho Ha you can find remains of the past blended into the present shaping up something traditional…

Church near Tho Ha Village
Church near Tho Ha Village

 From Hanoi you can travel to Tho Ha for half a day following the old Route 1A to Bac Ninh City, crossing the old citadel at Bac Ninh and head to the Nhu Nguyet River. A short boat ride across the river will bring you right to Tho Ha Village on the other side.

Gate to Tho Ha Village
Gate to Tho Ha Village
 
 The village itself is a maze of alleys and small roads most of which are about 1 meter-wide. Walking through the village, you'll walk by and under bamboo trellises which locals put rice noodle on to get sun-dried. The villagers will be at work in their home or outside of the village and the whole village is quiet most of the time. The houses here are reminders of the village occupation once upon a time: roofs of red tiles, walls made of broken pottery vases and earthen sarcophagus… You'll be more likely to be carried back in time.
 
Community house - Tho Ha Village
Community house - Tho Ha Village
 
 
 
Ceremony at Tho Ha Village
Ceremony at Tho Ha Village
 
 
 
Ceremony at Tho Ha Village
Ceremony at Tho Ha Village
 
 Local people are genuine and friendly and if you would like to visit their home, you are welcome! You'd have a wonderful time chatting with your hosts and ask them about their life. Their house is full of steam coming off the cooking vessels and the newly made noodle and rice papers. And you'll have a golden opportunity to learn about their different rice products which are exported to big cities in Vietnam and which you may have savored already!
 
Old ladies at Tho Ha Village
Old ladies at Tho Ha Village
 
 
 
Wall of jars at Tho Ha Village
Wall of jars at Tho Ha Village
 
 Then you can proceed further to their ancient community house and Buddhist pagoda. The architectures are very traditional and the atmosphere is wonderful. The village traditional gate is also nearby that is another gem of Vietnamese architecture. During your trip, try to slow down and make sure you take a lot of pictures of the village life and the architecture. Paradissa organizes half a day tours to Tho Ha or full day tours on which you'll combine Tho Ha with visits to other attractions in Bac Ninh Province. Our photo tours to Tho Ha village takes a full day and we'll have lunch at a local family.
 
Village alleys of Tho Ha Village
Village alleys of Tho Ha Village
 
 
 
Village alleys of Tho Ha Village
Village alleys of Tho Ha Village