The Other Side of Hoi An: Meet the Farmers and Fishermen

Hoi An is well known as a heritage town of charming urban architecture, recognized by UNESCO. In the surrounding hinterland, there are also fascinating insights from the fields, rivers and canals and the hardworking Vietnamese farmer – the backbone of the economy.

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We will visit the Thu Bon estuary, a network of waterways about 34 kilometres long.  Hoi An is close to the ocean and to many beaches and fishing villages. As well as rice farming, villagers in Vong Nhi, De Vong, Phuoc Trach, Dai An, and Tan Hiep catch and process seafood products for both domestic consumption and export.

There are some lighter moments. Let Khiri take you along the quaint narrow country roads by bicycle. We see water buffaloes, rice paddy fields, plenty of organic vegetables and farmers at work. People are peaceful and friendly and very welcoming. Try catching fish with the local fisherman’s net. Try paddling the ‘basket boat’, a small wooden vessel (the work horse of the waterways) used for carrying small amounts of fish, mint, basil, coriander, lettuce, wood and rice from field to home. Explore fishing villages and hear about coconut palms and their role in the rural economy.

Khiri recommends this six hour boat and bicycle ‘immersion’ (maybe literally) tour of rural Vietnam. For more information and bookings, please contact



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