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Another tour might lead you to the area west of Hanoi. Leave the city via Ha Dong town and you'll soon be approaching beautiful Ha Tay province (in fact, you've already entered it when you're in Ha Dong). A first stop could be the so-called silk village just outside the city limits.
Then you might consider driving further to two famous pagodas: Thay Pagoda and Tay Phuong Pagoda. Both are about 25km away from Hanoi. They are not too easy to find - a guide may be a good idea. If you want to try to find them yourself, follow road CT108 and turn right into DT4218 or DT 419 respectively.
Thay Pagoda is a tranquil place located on top of a mountain. The first thing you'll see is a lake in which a water puppet festival takes place annually in late March or April. The next thing will be dozens of children who try to sell souvenirs of all kinds as Thay Pagoda is very popular with Vietnamese tourists. Ignore the children and climb up the steep hill until you reach the actual pagoda which is built in the middle of the rocky summit. It's really beautiful. In addition to it, you should not miss climbing up to the very top of the hill because of the marvellous view from up there.
Tay Phuong Pagoda is also located on top of a hill - but this time it's an earthen hill. It's not as beautiful as the other one, but the pagoda is less crowded. However, there are also many souvenir vendors who are even more importunate than those in Hanoi. You should plan at least half a day for a trip to these pagodas
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