From: Alexnar Send Date: 4/19/2017
If I could give it more stars I would.
Thank you David and family for making us feel most welcome and being an excellent host and tour guide. The Viet Farm Trip is the ideal antidote to chaotic Hanoi - fresh air, green open spaces and only a handful of mopeds! If you've got little time and want to experience the real Vietnam this is it.
At around $50 the tour offers excellent value this is a full day tour (8am to 7pm) including all transportation and lunch. David will pick you up from your hotel and drive you first of all to the markets where you the tourist are more of a curiosity than the other way round as the stall holders are engaging and smiling with no pressure to buy. Inside the village you will see people about their business; shopkeepers tending their stores, kids coming home from school and farmers working the fields.
We even visited an old man and his house in the woods who lived a simple existence with no running water or electricity, but who was keen to talk about the war (the one with the French!). His parting words of wisdom were - don't have too many kids, that's why I'm poor!
And after a hearty lunch freshly prepared by David's aunt (as good as any meal I had in Vietnam by the way), it's time to don the local apparel and welly boots and make your way to the fields. Here you'll learn all about rice, how to plant it and how to harvest it, then you'll get a chance to till the soil and even ride a water buffalo (with the help of David's nephew).
Everyone was very friendly and demonstrated no more so than when my wife dropped her iphone in the mud. Some villagers came and joined us in trying to find it, mucking in and draining a section of the paddy field by hand, it took 30 minutes but we found it! David took it to a stall holder he knew who took the phone apart, dried it with a hairdryer scrapped off the caked-in mud, et voila it worked perfectly! Happens every day he says!
David also provides bikes to roam to the paddy fields in at your leisure and gives you another perspective of the landscape. Be aware that tis tour is very laid back and works very well because of it.
Finally we took a boat trip to see the storks at sun down, some great photo's in the fading light. Think we were the only tourist we saw the entire trip.
On the way back we even popped in to David's house where he introduced us to his charming family. Lovely people.
Of all my trips in the country this was by far the best tone.
David spoke clear, concise English and gave an informative insight into how life is in the country for many. A true gentlemen and am sure if you take this tour it'll be a highlight of your visit to Vietnam!
The old man had 8 kids.
Alexnar from scotland