Day 3 - Hanoi - Ky Son Village (B,L,D)
After breakfast, drive 1 hour northwest of Hanoi for a two night stay in a unique home stay reconstructed from authentic Thai Binh and Mai Chau province buildings set in the fertile Tonkinese valley next to the village of Ky Son.
En route, visit the iconic Thay pagoda, and two interesting non-tourisy handicraft villages, to learn how Bhuddhist statuary and vermicelli noodles are made (optional).
Upon arrival, enjoy exploring the traditional structures and bucolic land that comprise this lovely property before rolling up your sleeves in the spacious, bright kitchen for a cooking class learning from the proprietress how to make sumptuous Vietnamese food served as lunch!
After lunch, relax or take a leisurely bicycle ride or casual walk to discover the Ky Son, Tam Son and Van Minh farming communities. Stop at any home for a cup of tea. Chat with local people about their daily life and farming.
Help with plowing, making rice beds, transplanting seedlings or harvesting rice, cassava, corn, or sweet potatoes depending on the harvest season. Collect tea and medicinal herbs to use back at the home stay.
Return to the home stay for happy hour trying local tisane and a traditional steam bath with the fragrant herbs gathered before dinner.
Over night in Ky Son Village.
Distance & journey times:
Hanoi – Ky Son (55km): 1 hour 30 minutes