Life is simple in Hoi An. Build a house, grow your food and catch your fish. Join us and discover this simplicity yourself on our one day tour of Hoi An by jeep. Life is simple in Hoi An. Build a house, grow your food and catch your fish. Join us and discover this simplicity yourself on our one day tour of Hoi An by jeep.
Destinations: Hoi An
08.30 Your jeep and guide will meet you at your hotel and you will begin your day cruising through the country lanes and villages in Hoi An. Relax, feel the wind in your hair, soak up the scenery as the local people tend their fields and livestock.
09.00 After crossing the Cua Dai bridge with its spectacualr views of Hoi An the river system, the mountains and Cham islands, we arrive at the fishing village which is alive with activity as the market traders sell their evenings catch. We have an opportunity to explore the village and take photos before visiting a house where local fish sauce is made. Vietnam is famous for its fish sauce and is used in almost every meal. We learn how this delicious and unique condiment is made. We sit to enjoy a local coffee before come back to Hoi An.
10.30 After crossing the river again we continue our journey. We explore an amazing village, home to 7 hectares of water coconut palm. These palms that grow in the waterways are unique and have a myriad of uses in Hoi An: from food right through to housing construction!
11.00 The waterways are also home to the basket boats used by local fishermen. We learn about the traditional art of making basket boats before boarding these strange and unique vessels to continue our journey. In our boat, we take a journey of discovery, meeting the local people who make the fishing nets that the fishermen use, a trade that has been handed down through the centuries.
12.00 After our basket boat trip we make our way by jeep to the famous village of Tra Que.
12.15 We arrive at Tra Que. The village is famous for its fresh local herbs and vegetables, and is named after the sweet smelling herb that is used to flavor many local Hoi An dishes. The famers in the village use no fertilizers in their soil, using instead, an algae found only in a lagoon adjacent to the village. It produces abundant and delicious herbs and vegetables. Along with many others, the herbs are used to flavor Banh Xeo, Cao Lau and My Quang, all local dishes. Local people insist on these herbs for the very best quality dish.
Your local village hosts will provide you with a cooking demonstration and show you some of the local specialties including how to make rice paper, banh xeo and tam huu local spring roll. Then it’s time to roll up your sleeves and try your hand at preparing your own Hoi An specialty lunch including starter, main course and dessert. Sit back and enjoy your culinary creations at the family table overlooking the locals tending their arable land.
13.30 Before we set off on our tour of the village, it’s time to relax and enjoy a traditional foot massage in the fragrant garden.
14.00 Your village hosts will take you on a tour of the village. Enjoy the nurseries and herb gardens abundant with bird’s eye chilli, lemongrass, basil, coriander and spring onions that are all thriving in the rich soil. Learn about the unique algae and its nourishing impacts on the soil. Jump right in and see how the plots are planted, tended and watered with the guidance of local family farmers.
14.30 We continue our journey in the countryside, making our way to a very old pagoda. The pagoda is a place for quiet reflection, listening to your heart, forgetting your troubles and enjoying the harmonious environment of the monastery.
15.00 After our visit to the pagoda, we make our way to the village of Thanh Ha. In the 16th and 17th the village thrived, providing earthen wear to many provinces in central Vietnam. The buildings located in the Old Town are constructed by bricks, tiles and floor slabs made by the village of Thanh Ha. As the buildings are restored, the village is called upon to provide the earthen wear for the Old Town, as it is unique. We stop at the village and learn about its history and the current pottery made in the village.
16.00 After our visit to the village your jeep will return you to your hotel and your tour will conclude.