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Bat Trang Ceramic Village
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Owner description: This traditional pottery-making village is an hour from Hanoi. Visitors can participate in pottery-making workshops and purchase already-made goods from local artisans.
Reviewed March 5, 2017

We have already visited the village twice, both times with small children. Walking through the village there is so much to see for everybody. The children went for the animals, the grown ups more for the vases and tiles. Our favorite store is "Delicious Ceramics" on Giang Cao Street where we could paint our own tiles.

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Reviewed February 18, 2017

Bat Trang is recognized in Vietnam for its beautiful ceramics. It is less than one hour travel by bus from Hanoi. Before reaching the village, the bus will take you to EcoVillage, a posh residential area located within a few meters away from where the ceramics are being sold.

Instead of booking with your hotel, I suggest that you explore this village on your own. Take a taxi from the French Old Quarter to the bus station (forgot the name) and look for Bus Number 47A (there is Bus Number 47B- so pay close attention). The fare is really cheap at 7,000 VND for each person. From Hanoi, the ride is about an hour to Bat Trang. When you reach Bat Trang, the bus will drop you off at the bus terminal where you could see dozens of ceramics stores. I do not recommend that you buy at the first store that you see. Try to explore the village first (it's just a short walk) and appreciate all the magnificent ceramics works. For 40,000 VND, you can attend some of the ceramic-making workshops and you will be allowed to take home your masterpiece after you are finished. When you decide to leave the village, just go back to the bus terminal for a ride back to Hanoi (fare is 7,000 VND). Bat Trang village is super easy to navigate so do not get worried of getting lost.

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Reviewed February 17, 2017 via mobile

If you love ceramics, this is a great venue-walk through a centuries old production plant to see every aspect of how clay becomes the vessels we use every day. Take home a tea set or rice bowls to treasure, or go crazy like we did and buy a houseful. The prices are so reasonable vs. States, and for a fee you can ship larger purchases back to major cities. We filled a crate with fabulous vases, planters, and dishes, both traditional and modern and sent them home. Plan to have a guide or interpreters' help with this however, if you don't speak the native language.

Thank Ronda S
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Reviewed February 16, 2017

We decided to take a motorbike out of town for the day and set Bat Trang as our destination. Our real goal was to explore, but we wanted to pick someplace to give us a direction in which to go. We've been to craft demonstrations all over the developing world and they are usually just a show put on for tourists. The work stops when the visitor's leave. We didn't have high expectations. Bat Trang is filled with working potteries. We wandered the little alleys in the old part of town.
Many of the dwellings doubled as ceramics workshops which varied considerably in size. We were free to observe the various stages of production in a number of establishments.

Apart from the potteries, the small streets were interesting and atmospheric. The little lanes are lined with temples, workshops and residences. There are many old buildings. This is one of the most welcoming places we have visited in the country (and we've been here for 3 1/2 months now).

Frankly, we didn't spend more than a few minutes outside the alley ways of the old town so I didn't get a complete idea of what they were selling in the many shops, As we walked by, the products appeared to be of varying quality -- from very beautiful and fine to ordinary factory stuff. Some of the stuff we saw being made was exquisite.

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Reviewed February 14, 2017

This is a great place to visit if you are interested in ceramics. There are streets of shops selling all manner of styles. It is a good idea to browse the shops first and once to find a shop with a style you like or with enough variety, then go for it. I purchased several smaller bowls, coffee cups (A$3 each!!) and small plates. All were carefully wrapped in bubble wrap. if you are very serious, you could buy whole dinner sets or pots or lamps and have them shipped home for a price. Ask your hotel if a driver can take you to the village and wait for you while you shop.

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