Tra Que Vegetable Village Bike Tour Trip Review – Hoi An has so much interesting things to do. One of the fun activities that we would like to recommend you to do is hiring a bike and pedaling to countryside areas to see how local life there goes. Tra Que Village is a good choice if you have less than 4 hours for cycling . This village is about 2.5 km away from busy Hoian town.
Tra Que Vegetable Village Bike Tour Trip Review – To get the Tra Que village, you just cycle on Hai Ba Trung street which leads you to An Bang beach. You do not have to worry about the traffic in Hoian because it is much better than it is in Ho Chi Minh city or Hanoi city. On the way there, you will get through the rice paddy fields and stop over to take photos of rice grass, storks or buffalos grazing or soaking itself in mud. That would be a great idea.
When you get the village, you cannot believe what you are seeing. It is the village with a lot of plots of organic vegetable and everything is very green, fresh and especially well-organized.
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My Trip to Tra Que vegetable – Tra Que Vegetable Village Bike Tour Trip Review
Over there, I have had a chance to see and do what I haven’t seen or done before. First of all, I got some background information about the village. The village was formed about 300 years ago and locals just grew rice and fished for their living. However, when they had realized that they could use weeds and water hyacinths from a river nearby as a kind of fertilizer, they changed from growing rice and fishing to growing vegetable. The fact that the village is so famous is thanks to farming methods. Vegetable here is grown without using any kinds of chemicals, pesticides or herbicides but weeds or water hyacinths, so this makes vegetable fresh and clean. And this village is the main place supplying fresh vegetable to people in Hoian. Up to now, there have been around 220 households doing this work in Tra Que. Then, I walked around the area to see different kinds of vegetable or herbs in general. I could also see locals working very hard with their vegetable plots.
The picture reflects life and work of the locals in the village, doesn’t it? Tra Que Vegetable Village Bike Tour Trip Review
Photo by Loi Nguyen Duc
Tra Que Vegetable Village Bike Tour Trip Review – As I finished seeing around, I cycled to another part of the village which is quieter and less touristy (because there are usually more tourists in the first part). It is also similar to the first part with different kinds of herbs. However, there was one thing surprising me, and I think you would be surprised to see it, too. It was rice crackers making home. So, that is just a small house at the corner of the village. The people there also grow vegetable for their living but making rice crackers is their traditional work, so they just try to keep maintaining the tradition. Their work is like making rice papers, drying and grilling them, and supplying to local restaurants or wholesalers.
The point was that the locals friendly let me try making a rice paper (cracker) on my own which was very interesting and I loved it. I do not have any photos of this one so cannot show you. I took a few minutes to have a look at people making rice crackers and then continued moving. Near the house, there is another one welcoming visitors to come do farming like a local. It is just also a small typical house drawing my attention. I came there to get another experience. When coming there, I took a short break before experiencing in farming and was treated with some herbal tea made by that locals. Then, it’s time for farming experience under instruction. The process is kind of simple but for those people who have not done it before, it is a problem. At first, the farmer showed me how to dig soil up. Next, he told me to carry some water hyacinths or weeds (it depends on what they got) and put into the soil. You can see the photo below.
Photo by Camille DESCLAUX
What I did – Tra Que Vegetable Village Bike Tour Trip Review
I put those into the soil and stepped on the weeds to make sure it lay under. When I did that, his wife also joined me and another, I called it “farming dance”. It was fun and like this.
The farmer then covered the weeds with the soil layer and it was ready to cultivate something into the plot. Actually, the weeds underneath the soil will disintegrate so they make it become more fertile. At the time, I cultivated some green mustard and watered it.
After around 20 days, the mustard will be ready to be harvested. At last, I cycled back after visiting and discovering Tra Que Vegetable Village, and had some “Pho” known as beef noodle soup for lunch. And that was what I had done in the morning.
Honestly, I did not want to leave the village because it is so so nice and peaceful. I will definitely recommend someone not to miss this place if they are planning to go to Hoian. Just come, join and enjoy as I did.
Photo by Aaron May
Vietnam is one of the fascinating countries in Southeast Asia where people come every year for their relaxation. When coming to Vietnam, you shouldn’t miss Hoian, especially Tra Que vegetable village. It is a great opportunity to become a farmer one day
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