Thanh Toàn is a small village located 8km from Hue city center to the south direction. Because of the short distance, the village can be reached easily by many ways such as biking, motorcycle riding , car or even cyclo. The village still maintains green rice fields and vegetable gardens which give tourists a peaceful feeling when coming here. Some people visit Hue’s famous palaces, pagodas and tombs on the first day and choose Thanh Toan for their second day in the city. Visiting the village is not only a sightseeing trip but also a chance for tourists to have closer exposure to local life of Viet Nam in general and Hue in particular.
What can you see in Thanh Toan?
Thanh toan is famous for the rice paddy fields and the small trails along those rice fields are the best for biking. Riding slowly , enjoying the fresh air, the smell of rice is an unforgetable experience about Viet nam.along the way, you can stop at many family temples, the place for all members of one big family to gather and worship their ancestors. The temples today are decorated in a sophisticated way with many chracyeristic of Viet nam. The small trails will lead you to thanh toan bridge, the old bridge with japanese style built in 1776.
The bridge is not only the symbol of the village but also a place for gathering and strengthening the bond between people here. Many tourists choose the bridge as a place to sit down and observe local life. The agriculture museum has a lot of pictures about farming and many tools for the farmers to work. In the museum, some local ladies are very friendly to show you how to use the tools in farming, fishing, or sing some traditional song of their village. There is one more intersting place to visit here : local market. The market here is not big and just opens until noon time but it has many local products such as fish, meat, vegetable planted right here.
What activities can tourists take part in here?
Cooking class : people here are very good chefs and they will show you the way to cook some foods they usually have for daily meals. The most interesting thing about cooking class here is that you can go directly to the gardens or farm to collect the ingredients. After the cooking class is the local meal prepared by your instructor, the lady chefs of the village.
Fishing : thanh toan village has many small rivers and canals, which is the good environment for fish to live. People here go fishing everyday to eat or sell at the market. You can get on the small boat of the fisher men here and they will show you how to throw the fishing net, how to make the fish swim to the net and how to get the fish on. If you come to Thanh Toan on the special days like tet holiday , the rowing festival or some ceremonial days , you can see more special activities here such as : boat rowing, the night fair, the ceremonies or traditional games…
When is the best time to visit thanh toan?
Except for rainy days in winter ( december and january ), most of the time of the year is good for visiting the village. if you take the biking tour, you should start at 7 am or 8 am to avoid the sunshine in summer. Remember to carry water, sunscreen and hat because the tour to Thanh toan is mostly outdoor. Hue vacations company understand that tousrists had a big demand in seeing the real local life of viet nam, especially the life in the countryside. That is the reason why we offer the tours to Thanh Toan by bike, scooter, car, or cyclo…you can choose the one suitable to tour hobby, heath and finance.