While much of the famed Bat Trang pottery is now imported from elsewhere, this do- it-yourself operation, a welcome break from the madness of Hanoi's centre, is perfect for anyone feeling nostalgic for art class. Only 13km southeast of the central Hanoi, Bat Trang Village was established in the 14th century. What makes a better souvenir that one you make yourself?
Honoured by the beatific words 'I wish I could marry you/ I will buy Bat Trang bricks to build our house', Bat Trang Ceramics are the pride of northern Vietnam. Bat Trang village's ceramic products such as vases, bowls, dishes and other items have been exported across the world. Pick up a decorative kettle, candle holder, incense burner, house model or architectural fixture in a variety of colours _ or if you're feeling a little crafty, make your own! Bat Trang Ceramics Village is only a short drive from central Hanoi.