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This half day cycling takes you to Thanh Toàn village near Huế. Beside beautiful rural scenes and the ancient tile roofed bridge, you can visit local market, ancient communal houses along the way to understand Vietnamese village culture. At multiple stops, make your travel meaningful by experience farming, fishing, sharing stories with hospitable farmers.
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 a morning tour with an early start (i.e 8:00am) to avoid the heat. It is easy cycling with a maximum 17km on flat roads, at slow pace with many stops.
Please notify us in advance your choice of bikes (e.g mountain, city bike, or kid bikes, seat for kids). You can shorten or alternate cycling with a 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 are applied for children 6 to 11 years old. Children below 6 years are free, please make a note in the booking. For families with many children, we recommend using the Inquiry Form to request the most favorable Family Offer.
Thanh Toàn Village
4 hours (from 8:00 or 13:00)
After half an hour of warming 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 expanded over an immense farming territory 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 temple, a national relic constructed with Feng Shui principles and a beautiful decorative mosaic. Your guide shares the roles of this rural institution and many stories about rice culture.
Gradually, you are no longer a by-passer but become a real farmer working by the side of the local villagers. Feel welcome to a local farm. After getting to know each other, you put on farming gear and help the farmers with their daily tasks. Depending on the season, you learn the basics of planting, harvesting, rice processing or feeding pigs, chicken, fish, 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 tasty.
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 Thi Dao, a virtuous Lady who donated her fortune to build this bridge in 1775. A friendly fisherman said “Welcome you on board” to his sampan, moved by pushing a bamboo pole and paddle. 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.