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Visit an authentic village in Hanoi and explore the famous bustling market. Walk around a vegetable farm and fruit garden and meet the farmers. Learn how to cook traditional Vietnamese recipes in a home kitchen with a local family.
You leave Hanoi center and drive to the west of city. It is about 17 kilometers and takes around 35 minutes. Upon arrival, meet the local host. Firstly, you will visit a local market since Le King Dynasty. It is the most famous market in the region where many traditional items for sales. If on market days, people from all the neighboring villages would come to trade. People bring dogs, cats, pigs, chickens, ducks, and bamboo baskets to sell. Everyone is excited to meet each other on that day. You will be surprised about bustling and colorful market which is holding under the canopy of old tree. You will see the old women chew betel and areca nut or blacksmiths work hard with his bright brazier. Right next to the market place is nice vegetable farms. We take a tour around vegetable fields growing a variety of produce including: cauliflower, cabbage, tomatoes, green peas, Chinese peas and corn, as well as fruit gardens with oranges, pomelos, papaya and more., and you may join with a farmer working in his field.
You will have opportunity to help in the work of the small land-holding. Depend on the season, this will involve ranking, sowing, water greens, picking greens and other garden activities. You will have opportunity to ask experienced for local farmers about cultivation techniques and lifestyle.
After that, you go to local family to cook delicious and traditional dishes, enjoy local fresh vegetable, fruit, make traditional cake and talk about Vietnamese family's custom together. The host offer free tea and local wine.
At the end of the meal, you can free walking around the village or driver back Hanoi center.