Hoi An Countryside Adventures

Hoi An Countryside Adventures

By Ruby ZhaoUpdated Aug. 12, 2021
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Tired of the hustle and bustle of the city? Looking for a tranquil place to explore with your family while admiring nature’s gifts? Vietnam is blessed with beautiful scenic nature, rich soil, and ideal climate for agriculture. Hoi An’s countryside adventure might be just what you are looking for.

The ancient city of Hoi An is surrounded by charming countryside with interesting villages you can explore, from fishing villages, farming villages, to villages with various long handicraft heritage. These villages can be reached easily by bike from Hoi An ancient town.

Highlights

  • Bike through Hoi An’s beautiful countryside scene
  • Enjoy interacting with the locals you meet along the way
  • Play with clay in a Vietnamese pottery workshop
  • Buy wooden souvenirs carefully crafted by Vietnamese carpenters
  • Learn to pedal a round bamboo basket boat!
  • Float through a flooded palm forest and admire the rich ecosystem
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Tra Que Farming Village

Tra Que Vegetable Village is one of the most popular village destinations for a bike tour from Hoi An, which is about 10 km (6.2 miles) from the village. The area has rich fertile soil and produces high quality organic vegetables.

Activities to do

There are various activities you can enjoy in this village. You can walk around and learn about farming in vegetable gardens or rice paddies, eat lunch in a farmer’s home, participate in a cooking lesson, or even get a traditional foot massage.

In Tra Que’s vegetable gardens, you will find a large variety of vegetables, from mint, basil and cilantro, to lettuce and broccoli. What is most special about these vegetables is that they do not use pesticides. Instead, they use organic farming techniques. For fertilizer, some use local seaweed from the river.

There is also plenty to do in Tra Que’s rice paddies. You can learn about irrigation, ploughing a field, or transferring young rice seedlings into the rice field. You may even get the opportunity to ride on a water buffalo!

What a tour is like

There are many tour operators in Hoi An offering biking tours to Tra Que Village, with slight variations in the tour activities. Typically it will only last half a day, starting at about 8 in the morning from Hoi An by bike. You will then visit an organic farm or rice paddy, followed by a cooking class, and then end with lunch where you eat what you have made.

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Cam Thanh Fishing Village

There are also fishing villages near Hoi An ancient town. Cam Thanh Fishing Village is one of the most popular fishing villages amongst tourists and has a charming waterway landscape. It is only 7 km (4.3 miles) from Hoi An. You will find that the locals have unique fishing and boating techniques, and the environment has rich ecology.

Background

During the wars in the past century, the village served as a shelter for local people and soldiers. Now it is most well known for their fishing products and is a popular destination for tourists.

Activities to do

There are various activities you can explore in the village, like learning traditional fishing techniques, learning to paddle the round bamboo basket boats while exploring the flooded nipa palm forest, and learning about wetland ecosystem. In addition, you can also hear many interesting Vietnamese-American war stories.

What a tour is like

Typically, a tour to Cam Thanh fishing village will only last for half a day. At about 8 to 8.30, your tour guide will pick you up at your hotel to go to Thu Bon wharf, where you will join a boat cruise. During this cruise you can watch the fishermen catching fish and mussels.

Your destination will be Bay Mau nipa grove (water coconut palm forest) where you will discover the lives of the local fisherman. There you can participate in various activities, including learning the local people’s fishing and paddling techniques. A cooking class and then lunch at a local home will end the tour. At the end of the tour, your guide will bring you back to your hotel.

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Thanh Ha Pottery Village

Along with farming and fishing villages, there are also several villages with long heritage in handicrafts produce, from pottery and bronze casting to woodworking. When you visit these villages, there will be opportunities to try your own hand or to find a souvenir to bring back home!

The Thanh Ha Pottery Village is only 3 km (1.9 miles) west of the Hoi An ancient town. The village has a long history, dating back to the 15th century. In fact, it was founded at about the same time as Hoi An port.

Background

In the earlier years, the Nguyen Dynasty of Hue used to invite craftsmen from the village to make various articles for the palace.

While the village has faced economic challenges due to foreign competition, many of the locals still preserve this local tradition, including unique pottery techniques that are not found in other parts of the country. In this way, the village is like a live museum and gives pottery enthusiasts a valuable insight into traditional Vietnamese pottery.

Activities to do

A main landmark in this village is the Terracotta Village, which is a park with various pottery articles, including replicas of the architectural wonders of the world made of pottery, from India’s Taj Mahal to Rome’s Colosseum!

In the park there is also a pottery workshop where you can try your own hand on the pottery wheel. This is a great activity for both adults as well as children.

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Kim Bong Carpentry Village

Kim Bong Carpentry Village is located in Cam Kim Village. It is only about 10 minutes by boat from Hoi An ancient town. Like Thanh Ha Pottery Village, it has a long history, dating back to the same time.

Background

During their glorious days, the villagers were commissioned by the Nguyen Dynasty to build the Hue Capital. This testifies to the reputation they had at the time. In fact, most of the architectural projects in Hoi An Ancient Town were constructed by Kim Bong’s carpenters at the time.

Activities to do

You can bike through the streets of Kim Bong village and see carpenters at work in their open-air workshops, or you can buy souvenirs at their shops selling various wooden items from coasters, and statues, to doors.

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Phuoc Kieu Bronze Casting Village

Phuoc Kieu Bronze Casting Village has about 30 families with more than 100 craftsmen. The village dates back to around the 16th century. They make products such as incense burners, lamp holders, and vases. They also make traditional bronze musical instruments, including gongs.

Activities to do

Visitors to the village will have the opportunity to learn more about the process of bronze casting. You can also hear firsthand the traditional sound of the gongs they make.

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