Hanoi: Hai Duong Local Farm and Stork Island Day Trip
07:30 After breakfast at the hotel we will take a 2-hour drive to the picturesque village of Ngoc Hoa in Hai Duong Province.
Upon arrival, we will be warmly welcome by the host family with a cup of tea. We will change into our traditional Vietnamese farmer outfits, take our working tools, including scoop plow and rake, and we walk with the water buffalos to the rice field. We then learn how to do the serious work of a farmer.
Next, we will return to the host family to prepare our lunch. We will pick our own fresh vegetables from the garden, prepare all the ingredients, and cook our lunch following the instructions of the host family. We’ll be amazed by how well we did once we enjoy the food we prepared for lunch.
In the afternoon, we will take our bicycle ride down the village lanes to see the village up close and interact with the friendly villagers. We’ll fall in love with this beautiful village and the warm-hearted locals. We will also pay a visit to the Ca Temple, the old temple which represents the history and spirit of the Ngoc Hoa Village.
Note: if you are not keen on the bicycle, we can replace it by the motorbike which you can sit in the back. The ride is within the village so there will be no traffic at all.
Back with the host family, we will take our bamboo rowing boat to meet and see how local fishermen make their living on the water. We will learn how to fish using the fishing net in the unique local way. The breath-taking river, with its banks shaded by lychee trees, will give you an awesome photo opportunity.
Bidding goodbye to our host family, we will take a short drive to stork island which is only 10km away in the Chi Lang Nam Commune. The island is in the middle of a large natural lake and home to about ten thousand storks and herons and various species of birds such as pelicans and teals. We will take a rowing boat to approach the island to see the birds closer but not walk on.
Finish the tour we will wind our way back to Hanoi. The fabulous trip will conclude once we check in to our hotel at around 17:00.