Riding Bikes Around Hoi An, Vietnam
One of the things I love to do with my groups is to get them out into the countryside. Here, on a recent scouting trip to Vietnam, we rented bikes and rode into the outskirts of Hoi An, which is also known as the City of Lanterns.
It’s so interesting the everyday scenes of life that can be encountered, and photographed, on these trips, just by pulling over as these opportunities present themselves. Here we stumbled upon a very jovial man as he plowed his field with a very large water buffalo that he said was 30 years old, and that he’d owned since it was born (water buffalos can live up to 50 years).
We also came upon scenes of mostly women working in the rice paddies, meticulously maintaining and harvesting their crops. I loved the fact that this woman was dressed in pink, which really made for a great contrast against the otherwise very green background.
Moving further on we rode by rural scenes of country life and small clusters of houses, stopping along the way as we met the locals and learned about their humble but proud lives.
Finally we ended up on a larger part of the waterway where a man and his wife were working with throw nets.
It’s really important to me that I not only show my clients the bigger cities and “must see” sites on my trips, but also get them into the real lives of the people in each country to which we travel. If possible, I like to get us in their homes to share a cup of tea, or at times even a meal, as this is to me what it really means to be a traveler, and not just a tourist.
Vietnam: North to South
If you’re interested in having experiences like this, and many others, consider joining me on my upcoming tour to Vietnam this December.
November 29 – December 12, 2015 (14 days/13 nights)
$3,699 per person in double occupancy*
* A single supplement of $499 applies to those wishing to have their own room throughout the trip (availability is strictly limited). This price is based on current airfares for included internal flights between Ha Noi (HAN) and Da Nang (DAD), and DAD and Sai Gon (SGN), but price could be adjusted should airfares rise or fall between now and when they are confirmed.
Space is limited to just 11 participants maximum, so we hope you’ll join us on what is sure to be the trip of a lifetime!