Hoi An Eco Tours provides a very enjoyable day out. We weren’t able to do the bike-riding part (because we can’t ride bikes) but even so, I don’t feel like our day out with Johnny and the Farming and Fishing Tour was lacking for anything.
We started the day with a walk around a farming village. And you don’t just see the farm bit, you really have a proper walk through the village and get a glimpse of how the people live. There was the bit with riding the water buffalo. I’m not sure water buffalo are meant to be ridden but it was a bit of fun and a great holiday snap none the less.
The water part of the tour was great too with a relaxing boat ride followed by a slightly more adventurous jaunt in a traditional bamboo basket boat. Using this quiet little boat you take a turn around the water-coconut forests where your tour guide and assistant will make you a variety of toys using only the fronds of the water coconut tree – little birds, working pin wheels, grasshoppers etc. You get to see how the fisherman work and try your hand at casting nets and such which was good fun too.
After the fishing, there was lunch. So much food! It was all delicious but there was so much of it we could only pack away about half of it. Sorry chef! Lunch is had on the boat, and indeed it would have been very romantic were I sharing it with someone other than my brother.
All in all, it’s a good time and it’s nice to know that it’s being done sustainably. I did get the chance to speak to Jack who runs the business and he’s clearly very passionate about his work. Although we did have a little bit of a communication problem in setting up the tour, it was an IT problem rather than a service problem, and Jack called to personally apologise for the mix-up. We were very well taken care of the entire time. Considering we had a private tour, it was also excellent value for money.
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