A Taste of Rural Life in Ancient Thanh Toan

A Taste of Rural Life in
Ancient Thanh Toan

Get a taste of traditional rural life with a visit to the ancient village of Thanh Toan.
Explore the rural landscape by boat and bicycle, visit the unique covered
bridge and work alongside farmers in the rice fields.


Located only seven kilometres from Hue, set among beautiful green rice fields, is the ancient 16th century village of Thanh Toan. Highly historical, the past can still be seen in the old temples, family chapels, rustic houses and the traditional way of living.

Spanning the scenic river is the exquisite Thanh Toan Bridge that dates back to the 18th century. The villagers make their living from fishing and agriculture, using age-old methods that have been passed down the generations. This tour will take you back to bygone times and give you a taste of the rich culture and traditions of countryside living.


A Taste of Rural Life in Ancient Thanh Toan

08:00 - 12:00

Early morning, the driver and guide will collect you from your hotel and set off on the short drive through the countryside to the picturesque village of Thanh Toan. On arrival, meet the farmers at work with their water buffaloes. Roll up your sleeves and join them in the fields to learn some authentic farming techniques (depending on the season and weather conditions). After a short stint as a farmer, continue your exploration with a wander around the village to see family temples and clan worshipping homes.

Next, climb into a sampan on the river. As you leisurely drift along the water, relax and take in the beautiful riverside scenery. A local fisherman will teach you how to throw out a line in the hope of catching a fish. Arrive at the covered Thanh Toan Bridge, one of only several built in this style in the whole of the country. This intricately decorated bridge was built in the 18th century by a rich woman for the villagers to cross the river and also as a resting place for weary travellers. Constructed from bricks, wood and ceramics, it also features a stunning roof covered in glazed tiles and flanked by two ornate dragons. Inside the bridge, you can see an ancestral altar and traditional furniture.

To explore more of the countryside not on the usual tourist trail, hop onto a bicycle for a gentle ride along quaint rural pathways that weave their way through rice fields and alongside canals. There will be plenty of stops to capture this peaceful, rural landscape.

At the end of the cycle ride, your driver will be waiting to take you back to your hotel around lunch time.




  • A half-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • Use of a well-maintained bicycle during the tour, complete with helmet
  • Boat trip at Thanh Toan
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges


  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)


  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside Hue’s City Centre. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside the city, harbour and the Hue’s Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • Customers are advised that during the TET celebrations (celebration of Vietnamese New Year), excursions and tours may be subject to supplementary charges and/or may see longer waiting times than normal.
  • We regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • Guests are advised that some walking is required during this excursion; we always ensure that we take the most comfortable ways from the entrance of the sight to the sight itself.
  • Customers booking this leisurely bicycle tour may expect some light hills, unequal terrain and/or some bike carrying along the way. A minimal degree of fitness may be needed to enjoy this excursion to the fullest.
  • We will always make the effort to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please note pick-up and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sun’s rays are still very powerful.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • The protection of the country’s flora and fauna is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities for guests that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.
  • We recommend wearing light, comfortable cotton clothing and comfortable shoes.
  • This excursion is only operated in the morning.


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