When the concrete jungle proves too draining to handle, rural Vietnam is a quaint and welcome getaway that promises to soothe the soul and inspirit the senses. Make sure your accommodation in Vietnam also reflects this dedication towards personal wellbeing by checking into some of the finest luxury hotel resorts in the region, such as those offered by Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas. Featuring an expert blend of modern luxury and Thai hospitality, this chain of luxury hotels offers an intriguing getaway option in the tropics. Located a mere 2km away from the quaint seaside village of Hoi An is the village of Tra Que, most famous for its ample crops of sweet-smelling herbs and spices such as coriander (cilantro), basil and mint that are nourished by and flourish due to the rich soil of the area. It boasts more than 300 years of history and presents a charming portrait of rural Vietnamese life that must be experienced firsthand. The Tra Que Waterwheel is a unique family-run farm within the village, where visitors can try their hand at whipping up some delicious dishes using the freshest of organic produce sourced from the area. It is a rustic building that has been designed to reflect a traditional Vietnamese farm, and even features a unique waterwheel at the back. Providing an invaluable education experience for the entire family with a truly delicious reward, visitors can try their hand at assisting the farmers with preparing the soil and panting the herbs and whipping up some traditional dishes under the expert guidance of a talented local chef. You’ll also get to experience a family tradition: making rice paper and look forward to being serenaded by traditional Vietnamese musical instruments, including one that is powered by the waterwheel itself. A truly intriguing experience for the entire family, the Tra Que Waterwheel farm promises a cultural experience like none other.
Angela Fernando is an impassioned travel writer who composes pieces under the pen name Sumaira Narayan. She loves writing about new and exciting places around the world and intends to visit them all someday.