HOI AN VILLAGES
Duration : 7 hours
We start on bicycles from your hotel, follow the main road and enjoy the peaceful and the tranquil surroundings. The ride to the Tra Que village takes about 20 minutes.
Trà Quế is a small village – well-known as the freshest and cleanest herb and vegetable supplier in Hội An. The pleasant smell of many different herbs has given daily meals of Hoi An people more flavor; that’s the reason why it’s called the herb village. This place offers an experience of living and working with the local people at the Tra Que vegetable village.
A short walk will take you around the vegetable garden and give you introduction to the history of the village, cultivation of the vegetables as well as learning about the use of vegetables in traditional Vietnamese medicine. Also, you can see with your own eyes how the local farmers prepare the soil, raking the ground, sowing, watering, and many other tasks which are rarely seen in modern daily life. Finally, you can try your own hands in actual farming…
Last but not least you’ll have a chance to talk with the farmers in order to get better understanding of the organic farming techniques with special fertilizers. All herbs and vegetables planted here are fresh and safe as no chemicals are used. Thanks to this technique Tra Que herbs and veggies are widely recognized for their quality, safety and especially outstanding taste and flavor
After another twenty minute ride, we’ll stop at Silk Village. Hoi An Silk Village is known as a living museum of mulberry, silkworm, tools and ways of Champa – Dai Viet textile and garment. It preserves the traditional culture so that people have a chance to see the history of traditional silk as well as costume culture in Hoi An cultural heritage.
Here, you also have the opportunity to see the ancient silk manufacturing processes that were used generation after generation. Some of these tools are still used by the local weavers today. In addition, you will be shown how to tell pure silk from fake.
Our next stop is Thanh Ha – a local Pottery village on the banks of the Thu Bon River.
The village originated in Thanh Hoa province and was formed at the end of the 15th century, developing vigorously in the later centuries. The village played a significant role in the growth of Hoi An.
Thanh Ha Pottery Village serves as a living history museum where skillful craftspeople make pottery in front of visitors using traditional techniques of mixing, baking, burning clay and heat modulations to bring out different colors.
The products made by the villagers mainly serve the daily lives of the native people in domestic markets. The pottery products include bowls, jars, pots, animal shapes in multiform and colors
Although they have experienced various challenges over time, economic difficulties and foreign competition, the local inhabitants are always trying to preserve a traditional profession, inherited from their ancestors. The techniques that they use are unique and very different from those prevalent in other provinces.
After exploring the village, we’ll take a boat across the river and continue going upstream to the Carpentry village of Kim Bong. Formed in the 15th century by the Vietnamese from the Northern Thanh Hoa, Nghe An and Ha Tinh provinces after they settled in Cam Kim – Hoi An. In the late 16th and early 17th centuries, Kim Bong carpentry developed strongly and the occupational village was established with three groups: Ancient architectural construction, civil wooden furniture and shipbuilding. Whichever group they are in, Kim Bong’s craftsmen still keep their traditional manner of starting out as apprentices and earning the rank of master through years of hard work. Over the centuries, Kim Bong has had a huge influence on the architecture found in the ancient town of Hoi An. Here in Kim Bong the traditional carpenter skills are kept alive and still used for restoring the old buildings in the old town of Hoi An. This village is a special place where carpenters have worked to produce furniture and other items for remarkable buildings in Hanoi, Hue royal tombs and citadels, and other projects in Hoi An’s period of prosperity.
We return in the boat downstream to Hoi An harbor and end the tour at your hotel.