Located near the O Lau river in Phong Hoa commune, Phong Dien district, Thua Thien-Hue province, Phuoc Tich village is famous nationwide for its traditional pottery crafts, ancient houses and temples. The village was established over 500 years ago in the 15th century under the reign of king Le Thanh Tong (1460-1497) with the initial name of Dong Quyet and subsequently renamed Phuoc Tich during the Nguyen dynasty (1802-1945). Comming to the village, you will discover the invaluable architechture and tradition of the ancient Vietnamese society.
Starting from your hotel at 8 AM, you peddle into the old citadel of Hue by the Ngan Gate then turn left at the next corner onto the tree-lined Doan Thi Diem street to go along the left side of the Emperial City past the renovated Hien Nhon Gate. Turn right at the intersection of Doan Thi Diem and Nhat Le streets, and then take to the left onto Dinh Tien Hoang street. You go past the Tinh Tam lake where the king often came for his personal recreation. So far this short biking distance has given you a look at the surroundings of the Imperial City.
You then ride out of the citadel by the Hau gate. Crossing the Bach Yen bridge, you enter into Huong Can village specializing in mandarins. Try the taste of this specialty if the fruit is in season, and have some interaction with one of the gardeners at their house. Before leaving here, we take a look at the house kept in memory of Nguyen Chi Thanh, a Communist General who was known for his dedication and integrity. You ride on to Thu Le village hall to traditions of wrestling and boat racing, and take a look at the village’s communal house, one of the most impressive ones in Hue.
Ride on along the provincial road running along the bank of Tam Giang lagoon to have an idea of how big this lagoon is. It receives the waters of the three big rivers in the area, the Perfume river, the Bo river and the O Lau river. You now enjoy the sandy terrain landscape typical of the coastal area of Hue on one side, the verdant vegetation of the villages on the other, and the vast sandy land dotted by willow trees on the other side. On the way you can visit the Thuy Lap handicraft village with the bamboo and rattan weaving trade. After crossing Uu Diem market, we continue ride on My Xuyen village which is especially in wood sculpture. Then, we visit the Phuoc Tich village. With its acreage of less than a square kilometer, this village boasts 19 old garden houses, vestiges of old ceramic kilns and ancient Cham sculpture. We will have lunch at a local restaurant. Finally, we shuttle back to Hue by minivan.
- Cycling English speaking guide
- Lunch, mineral water & fruit
- Entrance fees
- Basic medical care
- Mountain bikes
- Transportation (A/C van)
- Other drink & other food
- Tips & gratuities