Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy
Tour Comfort: Budget
Discover the typical countryside of Central Vietnam far from any tourist areas by bike and boat with introduction to a green farming collective run by young locals
08:00 hrs: Pick up at hotel lobby and transfer to the village of Go Noi located 15 km west of Hoi An. Upon arrival, meet with Phap, who is part of the collective that started organic vegetable farming. Have a look around their house, then start to cycle through the village and the rice fields.
Arrival at the organic plantation comprised of chilli peppers, water bindweed, salad, basilica, spinach, squash and edible chrysanthemums, you can try some agricultural work such as vegetable harvesting, planting, weeding, tilling the soil, watering or fertilizing crops with organic compost.
Continue cycling to a small pier at the Thu Bon River and board a local boat. After 10 minutes of crossing, you will arrive at the pumpkin and watermelon farm belonging to the collective. They are grown in sand at the edge of the river. Depending on the season, harvest a pumpkin or watermelon (to eat it later) and return by boat to the pier.
During the ride back to Mr. Phap’s house, visit a wood carving workshop. Enjoy a small try to have a better understanding about this beautiful handicraft. Back at Mr Phap’s house, have lunch with the family in a typical and authentic atmosphere.
Optional: preparation of a typical dish the” banh xeo”.
o The wood carving workshop is closed every Sunday, the 1st of September, the 30th of April, 1st of May and Tet vacation -> this activity will be replaced by the preparation of the banh xeo
o For the month of October, November and December, the local boat tour and the harvest of pumpkin/watermelon will be replaced by the preparation of the banh xeo