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“great day at the water wheel”

Tra Que Water Wheel
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Located in the heart of the famous herb village, Tra Que Water Wheel restaurant is a rustic-designed, restored, traditional Vietnamese building. Here you can enjoy the beautiful surroundings while you watch the farmers at work tending their produce.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed May 7, 2013

We caught a cab from the old town for $3-4 and enjoyed a cool drink at the water wheel and then worked out a price to do a mini farming experience. We donned our farming shirts and hats and had a tour with Hien? through the gardens to the river. We also enjoyed the basil seed and ginger drink and set to with the farming. A great experience ploughing, planting, watering and came away with a new admiration for the real farmers who water 4 times a day! We also had a go at playing some traditional bamboo instruments. A really fun day away from the busy town centre.

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Reviewed May 1, 2013

Fascinating to see the villagers growing organic herbs and vegetables with only river weed as fertiliser & ladies with two enormous watering cans as the only irrigation. Beautifully laid out parterre style gardens. Recently opened Waterwheel cooking school/restaurant served a very refreshing drink made with basil seeds and ginger - quite delicious.

Thank OzTravelAddict
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Reviewed April 28, 2013

Short distance from downtown hoi an ...a peaceful little enclave where they grow their own veggies and herbs....A family business that uses algae for fertilizer....delightful lunch overlooking the fields...VERY interesting discussion with owner about the history of the area...Great experience with the herbal foot bath and massage...in spite of language barrier, managed to share a few laughs with the ladies...Don't miss this unique experience if you are in the area!!!!!

Thank LisetteB53
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Reviewed April 24, 2013

We came for lunch and were blown away by the stunning setting of the restaurant, looking out over the industrious yet tranquil herb garden. The food was full of subtle herbal flavours, and we were thrilled to see the leaves for our traditional pancakes picked straight from the garden. That is our top tip to eat.


We loved this place so much we decided to come back to do both the farming and rice paper making experiences. Both were brilliant with a fun and friendly English-speaking guide and it was nice to do something other than the cooking courses that are offered everywhere else - though excitingly you get to make some tasty treats when rice paper making too!

You owe it to yourself to make a trip to Tra Que Waterwheel, our favourite spot in Hoi An!

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Reviewed April 24, 2013

We visited here on an organised trip with our guide and loved every minute of the experience. Learning from one of the young guys who worked there about how the CoOp works and what it means to them. Then making our own snacks followed by a glorious foot message from 2 of the cheekiest ladies we ever met. We are going back to Hoi An next year and will be going back for their Moonlight CandleLite dinner so cant wait!!!

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