Hoi An – Biking to Farms
Start Time: 07.30am
Finish Time Typically: 13.00 pm
Duration: At least 6 – 7 hours long
Activities: Moderate Biking, boat rides across rivers, farming, cooking class and light meal
Biking Grade: Moderate
Transportation: High-end Mountain Bike, local boats
Meals: Snack, purified drinking water, meal at the farm
What to Bring: Sunscreen, camera, sport shoes. Sandals are not recommended.
What’s Included: English speaking guide, all necessary permits, first aid kit, helmet, high-end mountain bike and gloves, farm fees, water, cooking class and meal
What’s Not: Personal major medical including evacuation insurance coverage is recommended.
This trip through the countryside trip is a combination of 2.5 hours of biking through the picturesque countryside, a stop at a traditional lantern making shop and a visit to Tra Que vegetable village. You will see how the locals farm, and prepare a meal from the produce that is grown. This is a 6hrs activity that can be done in either the morning or the afternoon.
This ride will start right from a meeting point near the old quarter and wanders the streets lined with old shophouses before passing the bridge to Cam Kim Island. Once on the island, you will start biking through small villages and rice paddies on narrow roads and dirt trails. Boat making can be seen right from the trail as many of the local fishing vessels are made here. From here the scenery opens up and the countryside becomes more rustic. The road remains flat throughout this section of the ride as you pass by duck farms, farmers out in the field and fisherman in the river casting nets
After 30 minutes or so on the trails, you will stop for a quick rest and take the opportunity to soak in the silence, and refuel with a couple of snacks. After the break, you will catch a local boat back over the river towards Cam Thanh village (30 min)
The next stop will be a lantern factory, where you learn the various steps in producing a traditional Hoi An lantern. You will make one of your own as a keepsake. The ride will continue on a remote countryside road for another 20mins to Tra Que vegetable village. Once arriving at Tra Que Village, you will have a chance to learn the traditional farming methods of the locals as well as the cooking class (Banh Xeo) and have a light meal. It is said that the vegetables here are special because the farmers do not use any pesticides or chemical fertilizers at all. Get to prepare a meal with the produce that is grown here. The ride will finish with a pleasant 15 minutes pedal into town on back roads, and you will end right where you started.