Vietnam has become a popular tourist destination in Southeast Asia thanks to its richness in nature and culture. Especially, the daily life of indigenous Vietnamese people has been so attractive that the number of Vietnam local life experience tours increases rapidly.
The following article from mekongreviews will point out some wonderful destinations to explore the Vietnamese life.
1. Mai Chau, Hoa Binh
Located about 140 km from Hanoi city center, Mai Chau Valley is a perfect destination for Vietnam local life experience tours with awe-inspiring landscapes and high-valued minority cultures.
Spectacular road to Mai Chau Valley
On the way to Mai Chau, travelers will be surprised by the exquisite views of the rice paddy fields, the sugarcane and orange plantations, the steep hills, and the incredible passes. Thung Khe Pass, which is also known as “Da Trang” Pass (White rock pass), is extraordinarily majestic and perfect for shooting photos. The final stretch to the town is awe-inspiring, too.
A Mai Chau Getaway also offers tourists with hands-on experience of the local life of tribal people. Lac and Poom Coong villages – the home of many ethnic groups such as White Thai, Hmong, Zao, Muong, and Tay, will be where you can explore the culture of ethnic people.
“Nhay sap” – the traditional dance of Thai People
Thai People living in wooden stilt houses accounts for the majority of Mai Chau population. The houses are built on stilts in order to protect people against rising water and dangerous animals. Stilt houses are now also served as accommodation for travelers and trekkers. You will live with the host in a shared house, eat meals, and even follow them to go the paddies to do farming. It is a great way to get exposure to the local culture.
At night, tourists can participate in many interesting activities with the locals such as “nhay sap” – the traditional dance and campfire. It is also fascinating to try on the colorful traditional costumes of the tribal people there.
2. Bac Son Valley
About 160km to the northwest of Hanoi locates Bac Son Valley – a place with majestic landscapes of marvelous mountains and rice paddy fields. Recently, Bac Son valley trekking tour has become popular as this destination holds lots of interesting things about Vietnamese local life to discover.
Bac Son Valley from above
Bac Son attracts people with the colorful rice paddy fields. You will ride your bicycle along the valley pathways and run across the rice paddies. If you wish to see the entire view of the valley, you need to hike up to the telephone station on the top of a high mountain. The stunning 360-degree scenery of mountains, villages, rivers, and farms will definitely amaze you. It can be tiring to climb the mountains, but the effort is worth it.
Stilt house of Tay People
Bac Son is renowned as the off-the-beaten-track destination for foreign travelers thanks to the Tay people and their stilt houses. The daily life of the tribal people is a huge appeal to tourists. They are eager to put on the farming outfits to go to the fields and learn how to do farming. The enticing beauty of the local people makes travelers love at the very first sight.
3. Mekong Delta
Nestled in the southernmost of the country, Vietnam’s Mekong Delta is considered the country’s breadbasket. This region provides more than half of Vietnam’s rice. It is also the land of tropical fruits.
Mekong Delta, Vietnam
Mekong Delta Tours provide tourists with first-hand experiences of the daily life of the southwestern people. You will go aboard a boat gliding along the Mekong River to come across enormous rice paddies and fruit plantations. Getting deeper into the countryside, travelers will be able to see the traditional houses made of wood and palm tree leaves. Hearing the stories of the locals and listening to “Don Ca Tai Tu” – the traditional form of music are also authentic ways to get a closer look at their lifestyle.
Cai Rang Floating Market
In addition, you can take time to visit the floating markets such as Cai Rang and Phong Dien to see the traditional commercial center of the South and buy some fresh flowers and fruits.
On the whole, Vietnam local experience tours are an effective way to get exposure to the daily life of the Vietnamese people. Vietnam still has many interesting to explore, so don’t hesitate, pack your luggage and enjoy your trips!