Tra Que is a small village located 3km north of Hoi An Old Town, a farming village that provides all the fresh vegetables for Hoi An people. However, in Tra Que, things for visitors to do are not only limited to watching the gardens and the local people’s daily lives, you can experience the rural life yourself. In other word, you can take part in the activities that Tra Que villagers do every day and even get taught by them. Here are some interesting things to do:
Be a farmer
Farmers in Tra Que are always willing to introduce their organic farming techniques to visitors. They don’t use chemical or fertilizers but a kind of algae found only in a lagoon nearby, which makes Tra Que herbs widely recognized for their quality. You can try your hand at actual farming with their method: raking the ground, picking up a hole, sowing, watering, fertilizing with the algae, and finally, picking vegetables. You can work with many kinds of tropical veggies such as: lettuce, salad, houttuynia, basil, coriander, etc. Have fun being a Vietnamese farmer. Centre Vietnam tours
Learn to cook
Some tours to Tra Que offer cooking class conducted by professional cooks. And if you don’t go by tour, you still can take a cooking lesson at some restaurants. You will be taught the recipes of local dishes like “Tam Huu” spring roll or “Banh xeo”. The best part is you can use the freshest herbs that you picked from the local farm as ingredients. The flavor of Tra Que herbs have richen the taste of many Hoi An specialities and brought them to fame. Imagine the dish you make will have these ingredients. Awesome, isn’t it? Indochina travel tours
Make rice paper
Rice paper is an important staple in Vietnamese cuisine. It is used in most spring rolls dishes as the wrapper. If you are interested, you can make some yourself in Tra Que Village. The villagers will teach you how, from grinding the rice, boiling, stretching to drying it. Rice paper won’t be finished just by one day, but just involving yourself in the process of making it is fun enough.
Traveling to Tra Que Herb Village is a really nice side trip from Hoi An. If you want to try something new for one day, or to get an insight into Hoi An’s local way of life, there is no better way than visiting this beautiful village.
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