Thổ Hà village is situated on the bank of Cầu River, about 50km from Hà Nội, in Bắc Giang province. To visit the place, tourist needs to take a local ferry to cross Cầu River. Different from other Northern villages, Thổ Hà did not rely on rice cultivation for living but pottery and floating market on the river. Thổ Hà used to be a famous place of Gốm Sành (pottery without glaze fired with dry grass, and then firewood and coal). In the early 1980s, Thổ Hà villagers turned to making dry pancakes (bánh đa nem, mì gạo) and raising animals as pottery was gradually abandoned.
You will discover here a real country life with the special walls have attracted film producers, painters, and photographers. Sadly, there have been several environmental issues in the area, polluted river water and untreated trash/ livestock waste, which should be addressed urgently to keep the place as one of the tourist attractions in Northern Vietnam.
Here is my photo essay about the place:Camera: Olympus XA (35mm f2.8) – Lomo LC-A 25th Anniversary Film 800