Private tour; Morning tour 9 am-1:30 pm OR afternoon tour 03:30 pm-7:30 pm (no market open in the afternoon)
08:30 AmYou take taxi from Hanoi center (Recommended taxi: Grab taxi, Thanh Nga taxi, Mai Linh taxi about 9$/ way) and drive to the west of city. It is about 17 km from old quarter to my house and takes 40 minutes.
09:15 Am Upon arrival, I meet you at meeting point and show you 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 (two or three times per week, more crowded than others), people from all the surrounding 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 working under the canopy of old tree. You will see the old women chew betel and areca nut and blacksmiths work hard with his bright brazier.
If not on market days, market still opens and sells vegetable, meat, fruits…and very lovely. Right next to the market place is a beautiful farm.
We take a tour around vegetable fields growing a variety of produce including: bitter melon, corn, cauliflower, cabbage, tomatoes, green peas, snake peas and corn, as well as fruit gardens with oranges, pomelo, papaya and more (depend on the season to grow different crops)., You will learn more about background of vegetable and you may have chance to help a farmer working on his field.
10:15 Am we go to my house for cooking delicious dishes. I will teach you how to cook some Vietnamese dishes by simple and traditional recipes. Enjoy local fresh vegetable, fruit, traditional cake and talk about Vietnamese families custom together. I can serve vegetarian food upon on request. After the meal,
1-1:30 PM I will help you order a taxi back Hanoi city center.