Begin your waterways tour of Vietnam upon pickup from your Hoi An accommodation and transfer by comfortable coach to a local fishing village. Walk with your guide through the delightful village, where you’ll meet fishermen and their families, and watch daily life unfold. Learn about the lifestyle and social customs of this rural community, and gain cultural insight into this authentic Vietnamese way of life.
Next, meet your friendly and safety-minded captain and crew aboard the boat as you embark on an eco-tour of the region, cruising along the Cua Dai River. As you explore the tranquil waterways flanked by mangroves and coconut palms, hear about the extreme conditions once endured here by soldiers on both sides of the Vietnam-American War. Your guide will share interesting facts and anecdotes about the impact of the war on the nearby communities.
Then, join local fishermen and women on the river and take part in several interesting hands-on activities that are fun and safe for people of all ages. Be entertained by your crew as they make whimsical hats, flowers and animals from palm leaves. Try your hand at casting a round net and raising giant drop nets from shore – you’ll appreciate how hard the fishermen work as you learn these traditional fishing techniques.
Afterward, put on a lifejacket and jump into a Vietnamese bamboo basket boat, learning to paddle this unique boat from your comical crew. Once you’ve got your buoyant little boat skimming across the water, you’ll be ready to join the excitement of a basket boat race!
Back aboard your eco-friendly tour boat, dine on a scrumptious seafood lunch cooked by your captain. Enjoy dishes like stuffed squid, baked fish and Vietnamese rice pancakes with a cold beer or a soft drink before returning by coach to your hotel.