Leave the city of Hanoi behind and get acclimated to the countryside life with an overnight at a local home stay. Mingle with the residents as you fish, cycle the streets, and learn the language. On your second day, cruise along the Red River and view the floating villages and fishermen as they go about their daily activities.
Day 1: Hanoi Home stay (D)Begin your experience with a pickup from your Hanoi hotel around 08:00AM. Transfer to your home stay and check into your room, complete with internet, double beds, and air-conditioning. In the early evening, join a cooking class and learn to cook a traditional Vietnamese meal that will also serve as your dinner. Spend the afternoon at your leisure, partaking in optional activities listed below:Cultural exchange: Socialize with your home stay hosts and locals as they teach you Vietnamese.Cycling countryside: Rent a bike and ride along the countryside and downtown Hanoi.Game-themed: Play traditional games such as Jianzi, Bad Minton, and Chinese Chess or fish in the Red River. Overnight: Hanoi Home stay Day 2: Red River Tour (B,L)After breakfast, transfer to the boat wharf, where you will board a local fisherman's boat. Set sail along the Red River and enjoy the fresh atmosphere, fields of sugarcane and maize, banana trees, and green vegetable gardens along the river bank. Take pictures of the Eiffel bridge as you pass the historical Long Bien Bridge. As you travel, observe the floating houses and observe the daily lives of the local fishermen. Have lunch at a local restaurant before checking out of your home stay and transfer back to your Hanoi hotel (around 17:00).