This morning after breakfast, you will meet your driver and guide and you will head towards Ky Son Village. Ky Son is located 55km to the west of Hanoi and is a locality of the historic Duong Lam Village, home to many traditional houses of which some are over 200 years old.
You will have the chance to join in with lunch preparation and learn more about Vietnamese food. After lunch, enjoy having your fingers dipped in a fragrant lime bowl and the traditional herbal hand massage. Then, free time for relaxing or further conversation with the host family about local snacks, sharing cultures, and learning about traditional customs. If you want to learn Vietnamese, one of the family members can teach you.
In the afternoon, you will have the chance to ride bikes around the village. This is a great opportunity to get a deep image of Vietnamese culture, farming and daily life. You will also visit the market which is an authentic Vietnamese experience. You can choose to do a short ride of 6 km or a long ride of 12 km round trip:
- Short ride: Take a bicycle ride to discover the Ky Son, Tam Son, Van Minh, and Cham farming communities to and stop at any home you like for a cup of tea. Visit the kindergarten (if open). Chat with local people about their daily life and farming. You can help with plowing or making rice beds, transplanting seedlings, harvesting rice (or cassava, corn, sweet potatoes...) depending on the harvest season.
- Long ride: Take a bicycle ride with local guide to discover the Ky Son, Tam Son, Van Minh, and Cham farming communities, Duong Lam ancient village and visit Mia Pagoda, Mong Phu Communal House... Then bike ride back along the ritual paths of Thang thac village to discover the Ngo Quyen tomb, Phung Hung temple.
Return to the Moon Garden and then drive back to Hanoi. The rest of day is free at your own leisure.