Escape the city
Spend a night with a Vietnamese family and experience typical rural village life in Ky Son Village, 65 km from Hanoi. The village has three ancient wooden houses, each refurbished in a traditional style, for visitors to stay in. During your visit you can enjoy a bike ride along surrounding trails, pick herbs and vegetables, shop at the local market and assist with meal preparations. Conversation will be assisted by your guide, ensuring your stay is an enjoyable and enlightening occasion for all.
Witness Hanoi awake
The day starts early in Vietnam, particularly in Hanoi, and witnessing the city coming alive at dawn is a highlight for many visitors. Rise early and drive to Ba Ding Square, where the Vietnamese flag is ceremoniously raised each day at 6am, before taking a cyclo ride across the city to the Old Quarter. An early morning walk in the Old Quarter will give you a sense of the spirit of this enigmatic city. Around Hoan Kiem Lake and throughout the city’s parks and public spaces you can witness what seems to be the entire population taking morning exercises such as Tai Chi, badminton, jogging and cycling.
Make a difference
Throughout Vietnam there are a large number of orphanages, often associated with a Pagoda or Catholic Diocese, providing care and happy environments for orphaned and otherwise disadvantaged children. As well as providing a home, these projects aim to provide schooling, life skills, and English classes. Selective Asia can arrange for volunteers to visit orphanages for as little as a few hours, up to a stay of several days. Any time you spend will be invaluable in helping the children in play, developing skills, and ultimately helping them to lead rewarding and fulfilling lives.
Back to basics in Vuon Thi
Just a couple of hours to the south of Hanoi, set amongst dramatic limestone karsts and rice paddies as far as the eye can see, is the ancient village of Vuon Thi. Upon arrival you will meet your hosts, a local family, who will help you participate in their normal daily activities. It’s a very ‘hands on’ day and you will undoubtedly enjoy the lifestyle, hospitality and welcoming attitudes of the local people. In additional to preparing and enjoying lunch with your hosts, you can also join them in the fields to learn the traditional techniques still used in farming and fishing.