Visit Vietnam and you’ll find yourself immersed in a land of natural splendour, one of lush green mountains, richly coloured rice paddy fields, dramatic and pristine coastline, majestic national parks. And within these glorious landscapes you will find vibrant cities full of style and innovative design, age old traditions and forward thinking technologies, and at their heart are fascinating cultural sites, tantalising pieces of history which offering wonderful insights into the complex history, politics, heritage and religion that have shaped the country.
Unfortunately Vietnam’s rapid jump into the modern age has meant that very often tourists do not get exposed to the real Vietnam. You can only learn so much from the tourist trail, only experience a small slice of the country from the city landmarks and the urban experience.
Vietnam is still a country where the majority of the population are living a rural, communal lifestyle and tit is these villages and communities, ones based around farming and agriculture that still forms the vital bedrock upon which the country’s economy depends.
Paddy Home was borne so that tourists coming to Vietnam could experience first-hand the local Vietnamese way of life, visit the rural communities and see the beating pulse at the heart of the country. The cities can only tell you so much about the country, if you want to truly understand it you must understand its people and to do that you need to visit the true heart of the nation.
The Paddy Home Experience will include:
* Learning first-hand about the skills required and the farming cycle of replanting and harvesting rice.
* Cycling through the most amazing villages
* Try Buffalo riding, it will be like nothing you have experienced before.
* Experience fishing using traditional techniques
* Most importantly you will be able to spend time talking, eating and drinking with the local people. More than anything time spent talking to the people and listening to stories about a country that has experienced so much, will give you a fascinating insight into Vietnamese culture and the lives led by everyday, ordinary working people You will meet farmers, war veterans and the local woman who have formed the backbone of the family unit for generations. This is the real Vietnam.
If you want to immerse yourself in a genuinely inclusive experience, one that will challenge modern perceptions of the real Vietnam then Paddy Home must be a part of any travel itinerary.
Paddy Home is committed to ensuring the betterment of the local community and to putting something back into the communities that you will visit. Not only will land owners benefit directly from the funds received from the use of land and equipment but we are investing in the future by working with the local youths of the area.
We are passionate about working with, training and employing local disadvantaged youth to be part of our network and help carry out related activities. This training will provide the village children with the relevant skills required Ito secure work within the Tourism industry (particularly eco-tourism) so that they can move forward with a number of tangible career options to pursue a build more fulfilling lives for themselves.
In a way the tour is an Alice in Wonderland experience, when you arrive at Doan Xa village you will be transported to another time. As you cycle down the roads towards the village you will feels as if you are travelling back into the country’s past and in fact the roads, landscape and village haven’t changed much in the last one hundred years.
From the village gates to the lotus pond, the bamboo bushes to the limestone walls, the old tiled roofs, the Han-Viet lettering above doorways you will be presented with the perfect picture of a Vietnamese traditional village, one that could have been lifted straight out of a child’s story book.
And although the Paddy Home tour is all about getting back to basics and exploring the rural heart of the country, the location of Paddy Home means that not only is it ideal to take part in as a stand-alone activity but it is also perfect to do in tandem with some of the ‘big ticket’ tourist options in northeastern Vietnam such as Halong Bay. Either way, we are confident that all our tours are special enough to live with all who experience them for a lifetime.