After a superb night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast, time to hop onto a bicycle and explore the countryside. Whizz through farming communities and learn how the locals work the land – which will be different depending on the season – before arriving at Duong Lam, one of Southeast Asia’s best-preserved villages.
Duong Lam is famous for producing tuong, a kind of fermented bean dipping sauce that you can sample if you’re feeling up for it – but be careful, it’s an acquired taste! The locals ferment the beans inside enormous jars that are kept in the courtyards of centuries-old homes. You’ll visit these homes – some as old as 400 years – with attractive tiled roofs and ancient wooden beams.
Then, explore the tomb of Ngo Quyen and the temple of Phung Hung, two of Vietnam’s most important historical figures, before returning to Moon Garden Homestay for a cooking class, lunch, and transfer back to straight to Nam Cang – the remote area of Sapa.