This tour focuses on the culture and daily lives of regular Vietnamese people. Away from the world of international resorts, you visit the ‘locals’ Nha Trang and spend time on the picturesque countryside which surrounds the town. Its all about getting you off-the-beaten-track and finding the places where the locals go about their daily business – either farming or working the traditional cottage industries that are the mainstay of daily life.
The day starts with a visit to the spectacular Po Nagar Temple Tower, dating from the 8th century. This unique architecture is a symbol of Hindu Champa culture and remains a place of regular worship for all religions, important to the community. You will then have opportunity to wander through small local alleyways, visiting a boat builder’s house where you eventually actually board one of his riverboats. The river trips takes you through some lush countryside, until you reach an extremely photogenic fishing fleet.
After disembarking, you first join one family who make traditional clay stoves, before moving on to a second family that weaves rush mats for a living. This section of the tour culminates in a visit to a colourful market and a school. Heading to lunch, you stop en route amongst the rice paddies to watch and photograph the farmers and buffaloes at work (depending on the season, obviously). Lunch is at a fabulous restaurant, set in an “ancient house” on the banks of a tranquil lotus pond.
After lunch, you head back to your resort.