- Best of both worlds itinerary that combines Hanoi’s iconic attractions with a trip to the countryside exploring a traditional Northern village
- Enjoy a slice of life activities with the local farming community including harvesting and cultivating rice, fruits and vegetables, fishing and even riding a water buffalo!
- Cook a seven course traditional Vietnamese lunch using in season ingredients, direct from nearby local farms
- Bicycling through picturesque villages of Van Duc vegetable village, Xuan Quan flower village, Kim Lan pottery village and Bat Trang ceramic village while admiring the peaceful, scenic views along the Red River
- Private exclusive experience for your group only.
Need some time-out from the hustle and bustle of vibrant Hanoi, but also want to see iconic landmarks? Keen to have an up close and personal experience of authentic Vietnamese farming life? Don’t want to waste your precious time travelling to a rural destination?
Get insider access to a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience a different side to Hanoi. Our unique itinerary combines Hanoi history and culture in the morning with a trip to an authentic Northern village, unspoiled by tourism, in the afternoon.
You’ll gain a richer understanding of Vietnamese culture and history, and an appreciation of how important traditional rural life is to national identity through hands-on agricultural activities designed to make you feel like a local, if just for the afternoon.
08:00 – 08:30 – Your guide will pick you up from your hotel in Hanoi’s Old Quarter in a luxury, air-conditioned vehicle.
08:30 – 11:30 – First stop is Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the final resting place of our beloved Uncle Ho (the late President Ho Chi Minh). After paying our respects to arguably Vietnam’s greatest leader, we will head to nearby Ba Dinh Square, where Uncle Ho declared Vietnam’s independence from France in 1945.
From the Mausoleum, we’ll walk to the Presidential Palace, once the living quarters and operational base of former Governor-Generals of French Indochina. Admire beautiful French architecture and the wide boulevards along the way.
From here, we’ll visit the unmissable Temple of Literature, built by the Ly Dynasty in 1076 and home to Hanoi’s first university. It remains a proud national symbol of Vietnamese education and architecture and is also a showcase of China’s profound influence on Vietnamese culture.
The final stop on our exploration of Hanoi’s cultural icons is Tran Quoc Pagoda, one of the oldest temples in Hanoi. Situated on a small island in West Lake, this sacred Buddhist pagoda enjoys beautiful views across the water. Nearby Truc Bach Lake is famous for being the site where John McCain was shot down during the Vietnam War.
11:30 – 12.15 – We’ll take the scenic route across the Red River from Hanoi to Van Duc vegetable village. Notice how the city transforms into countryside and farms within a short space of time.
Arriving in Van Duc, you’ll encounter a peaceful serenity that is the hallmark of a bygone era. During your visit, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the importance of agriculture to Vietnam as a proud nation of foodies.
On your walking tour, discover the unique history of the village through its religious icons, famous landmarks and cultural heritage. Learn about the farming practices that supply 60% of Hanoi’s fruit and vegetables through hands on farming and fishing activities. Meet and mingle with the friendly locals who will be cooking and serving your delicious, homemade lunch sourced from freshly harvested, in season ingredients direct from the local market and farms.
Listen to the stories of the family chef as you help prepare your seven-course meal using ingredients sourced from the local market and from your host’s garden. Learn the secrets of fresh, tantalizing flavors that are so unique to Vietnamese cuisine. And don’t worry if you are vegetarian, we have you covered with delicious vegetable-based food. And while you’re cooking, you might even pick up a few handy Vietnamese phrases from your host!
13:30 – 15:30 – Take on the role of a farmer and plant rice in flooded fields. Like the local farmers, you’ll don a conical hat (nón lá) and walk barefoot around emerald rice paddies. If planting rice and wet feet doesn’t appeal to you, try your hand at turning and fertilising the soil, and watering fruits and vegetables. There’s also the chance to ride a water buffalo around the lush fields — a rare and memorable experience! Finally, you’ll get to fish in the Red River, using traditional tools and learning the ancient techniques that have been passed down through the generations.
15:30 – 17:00 – With the sun hanging low in the west, and the sky turning pink and orange, it’s time to depart Van Duc village. You’ll cycle a flat six (6) km through lush vegetation, farm crops and flower gardens along the fertile banks of the Red River. Breath in the fresh air, ride past ancient temples, endless rice paddies, quaint rural villages and winding alleyways. Bike through Xuan Quan flower village and beautiful, seasonal blooms and Kim Lan pottery village, steeped in 1000 years of history and famous Bat Trang ceramic village. Stop for photos of your unforgettable rural adventure and chat with the friendly locals along the way. Don’t forget to stop for souvenirs!
17:00 – 17:45 – Your journey ends here and you’ll depart the countryside for Hanoi in your air-conditioned, luxury vehicle. Sit back, relax and watch the sun set on a memorable day.
Inclusions & Exclusions
THINGS TO BRING:
- Come dressed to suit the weather in clothes that you won’t mind getting a little dirty after an afternoon on the farm
- Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes
- A fresh change of clothes
- Sunscreen, wide-brimmed hat and umbrella.
- A spare, charged battery for your camera.
- A child under 05 years old is free of charge.
- Children from 06 – 11 years old is charged at 75% adult rate.
- A child above 12 years old is charged at as adult’s rate.
- More than 4 days prior to the check-in date: No charge.
- Less than 3 days prior to the check in date: 100% charge