Monday, October 5, 2009

Bat Trang

On Saturday we travelled to Bat Trang, a ceramics village 15 kilometers from Hanoi. If you are looking for anything pottery related you have come to the right place. If you are looking for anything else then you will be bitterly disappointed. There is nothing but pottery; shop after shop, street after street.

The drive out of the city had its moments. It was nice to get out on the open road. Not so nice driving through a dust storm thanks to the passing truck. Most of the road was paved so the only other obstacles were the potholes.

The village seemed a ghost town of large ceramic shops as we drove the streets. There seemed little happening until we found the market which after minutes offered the first real glimpse of life. The market was enjoyable with an array of choice. I wondered how these people make a living. The market alone has thousands upon thousands of ceramic pieces however there were maybe 20 people at best wandering around. All the shops outside the market were empty. We made a few purchases that we could transport on the bike and headed off. I wouldn’t list it as a must see when in Hanoi but if you have time it is good to get out of the city.


  1. Hey guys,

    I've spent quite some time last week reading your blog... it was so much fun I couldn't stop!
    It feels like you're having an awesome time and that you're really making the most of it.

    Will keep reading.