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This half day cycling takes you to Thanh Toàn village nearby Huế. Beside beautiful rural scenes and ancient tile roofed bridge, visit local market, ancient communal houses along the way to understand Vietnam village culture. At multiple stops, experience farming, fishing, sharing stories with local farmers to make your travel meaningful.
Your half day Hue countryside experience in Thanh Toan village lasts around 4 hours from your central hotel. The tours are operational either in the morning or afternoon, however from April to August, it is more recommended to do morning tour with early start (approx. 8:00am) to avoid the heat. It is an easy cycling with maximum 17km on flat roads, at slow pace with many stops.
Please notify us in advance your choice of bikes (small bike, seat for kids). You can shorten or alternate cycling with tour by rickshaw or chauffeured vehicle (subject to supplement). We provide helmets, first aid kit, rain coat, life vest, towel, tea & water. Please bring your refillable bottle.
Cultural discoveries and rural immersion are the main focus. You travel with a storytelling guide and interact with villager hosts on many safe and fun activities (See full description in Itinerary). Tour order is indicative and can be fine tuned to ensure your best comfort and authentic enjoyment.
Child rates is applied for children 6 to 11 years old. Children below 6 years are free, please make a note in the booking. For family with many children, we recommend using Inquiry Form to request us most favorable Family Offer. We offer 10% discount for group from 10 persons.
Thanh Toàn Village
4 hours (from 8:00 or 13:00)
After half an hour warm up cycling to exit Hue city centre (3km, moderate traffic), you follow the countryside road along the canal, rice field toward Thanh Toan village. Established around 16th century, the village used to expand over immense rice field and served as a rice basket for Hue ancient capital. Its fame also relates to the ancient Thanh Toan tile roofed bridge.
Your first stop is the communal house temple, a national relic constructed with Fengshui principles and beautiful decorative mosaic. Your guide shares the roles of this institution and many stories about rice culture.
Gradually, you are no longer a by-passer but become real farmer working by side local villagers. Feel welcome to a local farm. After getting know each other, you put on farming gear and help the farmers with their daily tasks. Depending on the season, you learn basis of planting, harvesting, rice processing to feeding pigs or chickens, etc. Refresh and relax in the heart of his “heaven” and exchange some convivial moments over a tea break. Green tea and farming produce are healthy and delightful.
Continue to visit Thanh Toan tile roofed bridge, one of the three surviving of its kinds in Vietnam. Learn the inspiring story of Mrs.Tran, a virtuous Lady who donated her fortune to build this bridge in 1775. A friendly fishermen “Welcome you on board” of his pushing sampan. Come have fun catching some fishes, tendering duck flock or eventually trying a boat race with fellow travelers.
Spend some interactive moments with friendly villagers. Wandering the rural market, or photographing rustic life scenes before we head back to the city along the green paths.
We loved seeing the local people in the countryside. All the activities were really interesting. Especialy fishing! We love Tuan – Great guide!
Sang is a very nice guide who adapted to my kids very well. And she did know a lot, excellent. Highlight of the tour: to see everyday life of the people is nice and good for the children to know about other people and howe they work and live.
The trip was amazing. Mr Minh was so kind and helpful. I learned so much and was great to see and meet local people. Thank you so much for an amazing life – changing experience!
Very good insight in local life in Vietnam. Guide gave lots of information about everything we asked for. Minh speaks excellent English.
The amount of time spent at farm is fishing was good. The family and fisherman were very welcoming and friendly, learnt about culture and daily activities.