Hoi An: Bike Tour to Kim Bong Carpentry Village
- Duration: 5 hours
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Yen, our bubbly, enthusiastic guide, was a joy to cycle with! She fixed us up with suitably sized bikes that were well maintained and good quality. Helmets, again, chosen and fitted for us. Then took us into the traffic which could’ve been daunting but clear guidance on following her signals helped us feel confident. Out of town, riding on flat, very occasionally bumpy, roads was idyllic after the bustling streets of the cities. The visits to the homes of local craftspeople were fun, interesting and thought provoking. Yen was interesting to talk with to understand the background of what we saw and her English was outstanding! The trip, with it’s beautiful scenery and carefully planned itinerary was always going to be a success but her professional and informative leadership made it superb.
This was a very nice cooking class. We really liked that we bought all of the ingredients together at the local market. Then we took the bicycle to a local farm where we could see how they cultivate different herbs. Now we finally know how Asian basil smells and tastes like. We were always wondering what this is in the summer rolls we don’t know. :) The cooking lesson itself was really good. Our chef was strict with us but we appreciated it. Sometimes we felt like we were a little bit in a hurry. The chef could slow down just a little bit. Lunch was amazing- a cute little table by the river. Very idyllic. A big plus was the massage - just a very good idea to make time pass by more quickly while the chef prepared everything for the cooking class.
Thank you very much to our guide Mike for this wonderful experience! We really enjoyed the bike tour, that gave us the opportunity to explore the beautiful landscape and get an impression on the daily life of the locals. The ride was relaxed, with two breaks in very nice local cafes. Of corse My Son was also impressive and it was good to have the guide with us who explained everything and took very nice photos of us :) This tour is a really good alternative to the bus tours, in case you don't want to see only the highlights but the country itself as well. Don't be scared by the distance, the ride is not difficult.
This trip was a great experience. Our guide was kind and very good at telling about life in the country side. It was easy to follow him! We highly recommend this tour!
Tour and tourguide have been great. You get to see how the locals live.