On this 6-hour experience from Hoi An, learn a bit about life in rural Vietnam with a farming and fishing tour that gives you hands-on exposure to the daily routine in regional communities. You'll visit an organic farm, go fishing, take a boat cruise, and even enjoy a ride on a water buffalo, a domestic animal that plays an important role in local farming. Lunch is included.
Your tour starts with pickup in Hoi An by your guide. Your first activity is a leisurely bike ride along country roads, where you can see a piece of Vietnamese rural life first-hand (if you don't want to bike, a bus option is available). Cycle to a farming village for the chance to plant and water vegetables in an organic garden, hoe soil with a local farmer, and ride a water buffalo in the rice field. Soak up the fresh air and countryside views; keep an eye out for ducks swimming by or farmers tending their crops; and be greeted by locals who you may see along the way. Then board a Jack Tran tour boat for a river cruise to interact with fishermen and practice traditional fishing with a round net. You can also try paddling a Vietnamese bamboo basket boat through the coconut palm–flanked waterways. While you float along this now-tranquil stretch of the river, hear about the area during times of war and the extreme conditions endured by soldiers on both sides. Back on board the river boat, enjoy lunch and a beer or soft drink before your tour ends with return to your hotel by minivan. By the end of the day, you'll have gained insight into the culture of both farming and fishing communities.