Le Mat Snake Village is a small village in Viet Hung ward (Gia Lam, Hanoi). From nearly 900 years ago, the villagers of Le Mat were famous for their traditional profession of catching and raising snakes.
Le Mat is a unique village, both ancient and modern. The village is located in the middle of National Highway 1A with Highway 5, in Viet Hung commune, Gia Lam district, about 7 km northeast of central Hanoi.
How Le Mat Snake Village is unique?
Tourists coming to Le Mat village, besides visiting the snake farm, are allowed to touch the snakes that do not have a poisonous filter, they can also witness with their own eyes how the chefs slaughter a snake.
Besides, if coming on the 23rd of March lunar month will organize a village festival to commemorate the citadel who had the merit of defeating the sea monster and set up “Ten three camps” (13 camps) in the west of ancient Thang Long citadel.
From the early morning of March 23, representatives of descendants of 13 camps west of the old Thang Long citadel teamed 13 trays of gifts brought from the capital to the communal house of Le Mat village to attend the festival.
It is worth a visit Le Mat snake village
The festival’s part includes: the procession of water from village wells, the procession of carp to Thanh communal house, the procession (offering) of 13 camps in Ba Dinh district to the village to offer gods.
The most special part of the festival is the snake dance. The snake (made of bamboo roofed with cloth) represents the aquatic monster that was defeated by the young Hoang family with his strength and will. Dance music is an array of octaves and a bustling double beat drum.
Besides, the cooking contest of specialties has also attracted the attention of many people. a lot of dishes are presented such as: “three kinds of snakes” (3 types of snakes are cobra, leggings, snakes), “five tigers fighting forest” (set of 5 frogs) and “Ly Vong Nguyet” ( large carp, salad) …
How to get there?
The following bus routes have routes passing near Dinh Lang Le Mat, Viet Hung (Hanoi City)
- Station Opposite of house No. 144 Viet Hung
- Address: Opposite house number 144 Viet Hung
- Station No. 68 – 70 Viet Hung
- Address: House number 68 – 70 Viet Hung
- Station number 150 – 152 Viet Hung
- Address: House number 150 – 152 Viet Hung
- Station No. 95 Viet Hung
- Address: House No. 95 Viet Hung
- Viet Hung No. 11 stop
- Address: House No. 11 Viet Hung
What to eat?
In Le Mat, snake-processing restaurants sprouted up close together, however, two largest farms raise snakes for direct processing: Quoc Phuong Trai restaurant and Quoc Trieu restaurant.
Snake is a very popular dish, especially cobra.
The dishes made from snakes are also very diverse, according to the owner of the restaurant here, a snake is not partially discarded, up to 10 dishes are made from all parts of the snake-like stir-fried snake meat. Roll, snakeskin is crispy …
All dishes made from snakes are wonderful, from swallowing raw heart, drinking wine, to cooked dishes. Such as snake soup, sticky rice, snake stew …
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