Those who enjoy the great outdoors and want to better understand the history and culture of Vietnam’s rural communities shouldn’t miss a trip to Tra Nhieu. Officially recognized as an ecological village in order to preserve its traditional fishing and farming life, Tra Nhieu is located along the banks of the Thu Bon River, not far from Hoi An.
A peaceful and simple village, the bamboo-lined lanes wind around traditional garden houses, giving visitors a glimpse of local life. While in the village you will get to see the local community’s activities relating to river life, as well as a wide range of other trades, such as farming, rice-paper making, and basket-boat making. You you can also sample some regional food made from local ingredients.
There are various Tra Nhieu eco tours departing from Hoi An, including half-day and full-day cycling tours through the countryside, with boat trips often included. For a unique cycling adventure around Hoi An that diverts from the usual tourist itineraries, book a full-day off the beaten path bicycling tour, which includes a visit to Tra Nhieu village.
Insider’s Tip: Most tours will give you the chance to paddle a thung chai across the river – a traditional bamboo basket boat used throughout rural Vietnam. Also, don’t miss a walk over the water coconut forest on the village’s bamboo bridge.
To make the most of your time in Tra Nhieu, most tours start early in the morning. If not traveling as part of a tour, ride your bicycle or moped over the new bridge from Hoi An and take a left at the end.