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Western guests like herding buffalo, rowing basket boats in Hoi An

Quang NamMany international delegations to Hoi An love rustic activities such as visiting the countryside, Bay Mau coconut forest, going to the cooking market.

After opening for tourism, international visitors to Quang Nam are estimated at 8,000. In which, tourists mainly come from the US, Europe, Korea… Many people share their feelings at Hoi An.

Rocio Ocampo, an American travel vlogger, and his family are on a visit to Vietnam and went to Hoi An last week. She chose a city tour and was impressed right from the shuttle bus. Her family experiences farm fishing, cycling, visiting Tra Que vegetable village, riding a buffalo on land, riding a basket boat, learning about local culture and dining on the river, watching the sunset. Dinner with vegetables picked from the farm along with chicken, fish, beef, potatoes… makes the whole family satisfied because of its freshness and proper seasoning.

“We had the wonderful and energetic experience of cycling through peaceful fields, riding buffalos on a shady dirt road and seeing Gangnam Style performance right on a basket boat by locals. “, she said.

Also coming to Hoi An, Julia M. and her husband joined a cooking tour. They were taken to a local market, selected and paid for, then boarded a boat up the Thu Bon River to the Bay Mau coconut forest. Going to the restaurant, they soak their feet and get a massage. Finally, they joined a cooking class, arranged flowers and enjoyed a fun party with the group.

“This tour is great, the local tour guides are very friendly and enthusiastic. We like it and will recommend it to everyone,” she said.

Mr. Truong Van Quy, Director of Sabirama Hoi An Tourism Company, which specializes in organizing cooking tours, said that in recent years, the company has welcomed the most international guests after 2 years. Visitors from the US, Australia, Korea… had a great experience with basket boat tours and cooking traditional dishes.

“On this occasion, tourists traveling in groups of 20-30 people is a good sign, helping tourists in Hoi An feel excited and full of life after almost no visitors for two years,” Quy said. Tell and forewarn that the epidemic can receive hundreds to a thousand visitors each day. The source of recent visitors has returned to high spending and love the village space, tourism experiences close to the local people.

Mr. Tran Van Khoa, Director of Jack Tran Tours Hoi An Tourism Company, specializing in tours to experience villages such as herding buffaloes, working in the fields, etc., also shared the joy of more and more international visitors. He said that in the two years of the impact of the Covid-19 epidemic, like many travel companies, he did not receive a single international delegation.

“I’ve had a few dozen small delegations from the US, Canada, the UK… are traditional markets. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen them return to Hoi An, from local leaders to staff are very eager,” he said. . Experiencing visitors all share their love of having a day of experience doing the work of learning about the local culture.

Western guests enjoy herding buffalo, rowing basket boats in Hoi An

Visitors experience basket boats in the coconut forest. Video: NVCC

Since March, tourism in Hoi An and Quang Nam has returned to bustle when the locality hosted the National Tourism Year. On the holiday of April 30, the locality welcomes 200,000 tourists, the rooms are 70-75% closed, the group of 3-5 star hotels is 100% closed.

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