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“Loved our half day tour! Definitely recommend :)” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Heaven and Earth Bicycle Tours

Heaven and Earth Bicycle Tours
57 Ngo Quyen Street, Hoi An, Vietnam
+84 510 3864 362
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Owner description: Immerse yourself for a half day or a full day into native Viet Nam. This bicycle tour will take you far away from the beaten tracks. You will discover the genuine customs and traditions of the Vietnamese peasants. You will long remember these unforgettable moments spent in the heart of traditional Viet Nam. A truly unique experience.
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“Loved our half day tour! Definitely recommend :)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

We head out to meet Heaven and Earth bicycle tours by the cooking school. Our two guides are lovely and take us through the town and out to the countryside. Given the fluidity of traffic rules in Vietnam it's a little heart-in-the-mouth dodging motos and buses at intersections. It's a relief to get out to the rice fields and back alleys. It's fantastic doing the tour as we definitely get to see aspects of life in Hoi An that we wouldn't otherwise. It amazes me how clean people keep everywhere in Vietnam (both rich and poor areas). There's no graffiti or chewing gum, rubbish or dog poo anywhere.

We visit a family that has been making the local Cao Lau noodles for five generations; the sixth generation are restless and say is too hard work. These noodles are only made in Hoi An and have to be flown to Saigon; they are not so good there as not as fresh. Everything here should be eaten the same day it is made, picked or killed. The noodles are made from rice only; the slight egg flavour is from the fire smoke. They are lengthy to make as they are made from scratch and the process starts at midnight to sell at market in the morning. There's turning the rice into paste, into dough, at least two steaming processes etc. It's fascinating to roll it in our hands as it feels just like pasta dough. In fact, the family has one woman cutting traditional style (with knife) and another woman feeding handrolled dough sheets through a hand cranked pasta machine.
The noodles are tasty. One of our group says 'yum' and our female guide giggles. Our male guide whispers in Brian's ear that in Vietnam that means 'horny'.

We visit a home where mung beans are grown. They are grown in large concrete tubs. The seeds (25%) are covered with sand (75%) and watered every day for three days to prepare them for market. Sand comes from the hills and is used once only as the beans draw out all the good energy. The sand is then piled in front of the house until it is taken away for building. In Vietnam, fresh mung beans are believed to be very 'good' for the man. They are deliciously fresh compared to when they reach our supermarkets.

We also visit the herb farm village. At the farm we stop at we get to help water the herbs (with the traditional two watering cans / wooden yoke) and meet the owner. He is 93 and still works on the farm every day!

We cycle pass beautiful vistas of river / paddy / mountains / cloud; geese farms (where their fenced field is a helluva lot bigger than we give our birds back home); and locals working in the fields.

We visit a local market to learn more about ingredients and choose to do some bartering for fresh fruit. I buy mangosteen and a small pale green fruit with white interior.

Visited September 2013
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“A wonderful day”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013 via mobile

We loved our bicycle trip today. Guides are friendly, genuine people, funny and very knowledgeable. The big bridge challenge was not available as it had been washed away during recent flooding, instead we had some extra boat trips which were great. The pace is slow and leisurely. The peaceful beauty of cycling through rural landscapes is relaxing and refreshing. Visiting the local village craftsmen was illuminating, with no hard sell strategies. One of our favourite days so far in Vietnam.

Visited October 2013
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“Great activity”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013 via mobile

Guide was excellent. Got to see much of the countryside, chatted with locals, ate with local family (good food). Saw how many of the local handcrafts were made. Very interesting. Highly recommend

Visited October 2013
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“A good way to get away from the Hoi An Hustle”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

We had a great day cycling the countryside on the islands near Hoi An. Our guide was fantastic and spoke very good English.The tour was the right mix of visits to interesting local industries and some physical challenges. One of which included cycling across a rickety old wooden bridge which not only went up and down but swayed violently in the river current. Our challenge was compounded by motor bike riders roaring across and school children cycling home from school waving a happy hello as they went. Unfortunately I was concentrating so hard and trying not to end up in the river that I was unable to reply! The tour also included a lunch at a local house, which was great. A really enjoyable day, and if you feel like getting away from the Hoi An shops this is a good option.

Visited October 2013
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“Great day!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

With my 4 year old son in a baby seat on the back, we had an amazing day. It really gives you a view about the Vietnamese life. It was a tour of about 10 km. we left at 8.30 am and returned at 3 pm. After a short ride through the city centre, we took the boat to an island nearby. Bikes also on the boat. We learned how local people make the wooden ships, carving the plates, etc. They won't try to sell you anything. It's an easy ride through the rice fields, across a floating bridge and with a really nice local lunch. Our guide was excellent, Yan explained all the local traditions.
It's worth every dong!

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