Travel is slowly but surely turning me into a middle aged version of myself. The chances of me going out of my way to cycle to a pottery village at home are slim to none, but that’s exactly what I did last week while visiting Hoi An. And here’s the really sick thing – I kinda liked it. Hoi An is a charming little town, but it’s really a place where you just amble around and drink coffees, so I was feeling ready to hop on my bicycle and explore some of the surrounding villages. Thanh Ha is just a few kilometres outside of the town, and it’s an easy, enjoyable bike ride without any hilliness. Once you reach the village, you have to pay to 25,000 dong to enter. I was a bit annoyed by that, as it wasn’t an enclosed space with exhibitions, it’s a village where people live, but it’s still less than £1 I guess.
So what happens once you’re in the pottery village? Er, you see a load of pottery. Yeah, that’s about it, but it was really pleasant nonetheless. The families who work in the village are all incredibly friendly, but are also pushy with selling to you. I was told twice in the village how handsome I am. Maybe I am just spectacularly handsome, but I suspect that the flattery was an attempt at making a sale. But if you are in the market for some pottery, this is certainly the place to buy it. From plates and bowls, through to clay whistles, and some incredibly elaborate structural pieces, there is a huge range of work showcased throughout the village. And if you are really lucky, you’ll even be invited into one of the homes to have a go on the potter’s wheel.
Here are some photos from my trip to Thanh Ha pottery village.