Phuoc Tich is a village dating back to the 15th century, located 37 kilometers to the north of the Viet Nam central province of Thua Thien Hue. Your two day visit to this beautiful area will charm you with the many cultural and architectural delights that you will experience.
Professor Dr. Arch Hoang Dao Kinh, Vice Chairman of Vietnam Association of Architects, said “Phuoc Tich has all of the cultural elements of an ancient Vietnamese village that other villages in the country have not been able to maintain”.
The quaint village runs along the gentle O Lau River with charming winding walkways along the river’s edge. You will experience the local cultural ways of being in the traditional crafts, old communal houses, temples, river wharfs, and spacious ancient houses nestling in lines of evergreen trees. These are all typical features demonstrating this old village’s undamaged structure.
The Vietnamese Government recognizes the Village of Phuoc Tich as a national architectural relic. It is acknowledged as an important site for the preservation of traditional values as well as opportunities for tourists to experience the nature of Viet Nam. Phuoc Tich has been well known for its non enamel pottery craft since its golden days. Today, the production is based on orders only. The local authority is working with local artisans to support them in creating pottery products that are of high aesthetic value.
You can visit Phuoc Tich ancient houses (known as “Nha Ruong”) which are between 100 to 500 years old and still well preserved. You can visit an ancient traditional house 130 years old. Almost all of the houses are built from ironwood with tiled roofs and graceful green fences. There are lacquered vertical boards running within the house structure except for the space in front of the alter where the boards run horizontally. You can join in cooking with your host before sitting down with them and enjoying the delicious traditional food. You can interact with the elders about the history and cultural practices. You will also meet and chat with other locals to learn more about Vietnamese family life in the village. Alternatively, you can choose to take part in making a popular local cake made from rice flour mixed with green bean.....hmn, very delicious!
The area is truly lovely and very peaceful. After lunch, you have time for a bike ride on the red-brick path along the river will show you more of the natural beauty of the scenery. You will also see the communal house that is used for worship, see the traces of Cham culture relics and the craft of rice flour making that is used for local dishes. The river wharfs are charming and lead to a neighboring village known for woodcarving and making Nha Ruong’s house frames. This is a day of relaxation while you simply enjoy the cultural and architectural delights that this quaint village has to offer.
At HGH Travel, we have created a close link with Phuoc Tich and conduct packaged community tours for full day trip, half day and a night stay.
Tour code: HUI 01: Full Day In Phuoc Tich
- Personal attention to detail by all HGH from the time of your initial enquiry through to the end of your tour
- 24 hour support available during the tour
- Enjoy the degree of historical and cultural information throughout your tour from our local and knowledgeable tour hosts to the degree that you and your group are interested.
- We focus on sustainable tourism by creating the very best experience for you as the tourist while supporting our local environment and local people
Departing from Hue in the morning, it will take one hour to get to the village. Upon arrival, we walk or bicycle around the village to visit the ancient houses, traditional handcrafts such as rice flour making, hand-made pottery (nowadays, the production has not been as frequent as it was in the past but we can help you learn more, by asking the artisan to talk about its history.
Have lunch at a cozy local home (Nha Ruong) served with homegrown ingredients. With the help of our guide, he will help you to learn more about Vietnamese’s village culture with your host.
Take a break and walk around the village to view the charming scenery, communal houses, river wharfs, and Cham culture vestiges that remain. Meet and talk with locals. The village facilitator and our guide will help you to know more about the village as well as O Lau River’s geographic location. The river is one of the three larger rivers in Hue that lead to Tam Giang Lagoon. The Lagoon is one of the biggest one in the Southeast Asia region. Boating on the river can be arranged at a surcharge of US $10 for one local boat.
End of the program and driving back to Hue.
Join us on this meaningful and cultural experience!