Lively small town & old architecture

 
Overall experience (2 reviews)

Overall experience (2 reviews)

"Spending five days alone with a local family in Yen Phu village was definitely the most memorable traveling experience for me so far." 

"We had a really nice and pleasant visit at the Yen Phu village: all the people were super friendly and constantly inviting you to have a tea with them."
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COMMUNITY

Small town close to Hanoi airport

LIVELiHOOD

Small businesses, handicraft & farming

FAMOUS FOR

Narrow alleys and traditional houses
 

RELIGION

The village is Buddhist

LANGUAGE

Vietnamese and very limited English
 

TRAVELLERS

Unlikely to meet other foreigners

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3 nIGHTS IN yen phu VILLAGE

140 EUR

ACCommodation: 

  • Private room in a local home, bed sheets included

  • Home made breakfast, lunch and dinner daily

  • Shared toilet and washing facilities

activities:

  • Cooking and eating together with your host family

  • Practicing the livelihood of the family (learning about handicraft, farming)

  • Visiting a local market for fresh produce

  • Visiting the local Buddhist temple

  • Meeting the savings group

6 nights IN yen phu VILLAGE

240 EUR

accommodation: 

  • Private room in a local home, bed sheets included

  • Home made breakfast, lunch and dinner daily

  • Shared toilet and washing facilities

activities:

  • Cooking and eating together with your host family

  • Practicing the livelihood of the family (learning about handicraft, farming)

  • Visiting a local market for fresh produce

  • Visiting a local Buddhist temple

  • Meeting the savings group

  • Joining local craftsmen in making horse figures for offering

  • Boat trip to a river nearby

  • Bike tour around the village and its surroundings

DUARA CONTACT: dom

Dom is your responsible English-speaking contact person in Yen Phu. He makes sure there is someone to meet you and introduce you to your host family. You can contact Dom in case you have questions before or during your stay.

Are you hesitating to book directly? Elina from Duara is ready to answer your questions via email: elina@duaratravels.com

Are you hesitating to book directly? Elina from Duara is ready to answer your questions via email: elina@duaratravels.com


HOW TO GET THERE

You can take a bus to Yen Phu from Hanoi for only one hour, or just take a taxi which will be even faster. If you’re coming straight from the airport the ride will only take half an hour. 

OTHER things to do near yen phu village

Visit the city of Bac Ninh, 30 min from the village.

 

 


RATINGS (2 REVIEWS)

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REVIEWS

ILKKA & SARPPA, FINLAND
JULY 2017

"We had a really nice and pleasant visit at the Yen Phu-village: all the people were super friendly and constantly inviting you to have a tea with them. If you are not a huge tea-person there is also a lot of kids to play with.

They are also more than excited to improve their english with you and everything happens with a huge smile of course. ;) All the facilities were really modern and clean so it was super easy-going three nights we had. We visited at the local market and did some fishing as well. And of course, we ate a lot. Food was delicious and our host family took a good care of our vegetarian diet."

 

JONI, FINLAND
JUNE 2017

"Spending five days alone with a local family in Yen Phu village was definitely the most memorable traveling experience for me so far. It all started with Dom picking me up from downtown Hanoi with his scooter and driving me all the way to the village, located in the countryside of the province next to Hanoi. He was also kind enough to stay with me for the first evening and introduce me to some important places around the village.

After wandering around in Hanoi for three days, I thought I started to have a hunch of what to expect from this upcoming experience. I must now say, I was wrong. Hanoi is busy, upbeat and there is constantly someone trying to get something from you. You can’t escape the buzz. The feeling of the Vietnamese countryside and Yen Phu is completely the opposite. You have men driving old motorbikes and tractors leisurely, old ladies wearing Vietnamese hats riding run-down bicycles and groups of kids playing in every corner. Getting to a village like this for five days was a relief for a Finn who sometimes just needs his own, quiet space.

During the days I would mainly help people with their work, prepare lunch and dinner with the family and wander around the village. We also visited a dozen of other families with the host dad and discussed a range of different matters with them. This was probably the best way of getting introduced to the local culture and the way of living. We would always get a little lost in translation but still somehow manage to get the message through. Tools such as Google Translate and the basic knowledge of Chinese get you far. I will never forget having a bunch of local men yelling Vietnamese at my phone for the English translation and being somewhat confused of all the technology present but still being able to communicate with a guy from Finland. The best part of the whole experience was absolutely meeting the local people. You often hear stories from other travellers how they met people from different cultures and what they were like but being able to experience it all yourself is what affects you in an unforgettable way. Seeing is believing. Thanks Duara Travels for making my stay in the village possible, I genuinely recommend the experience to anyone interested in exploring new cultures in a new way. You won’t regret it!