Here’s something a little bit different and enjoyable for families. The day starts with a leisurely walk through the vibrant and highly atmospheric ancient town of Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage site that’s ideal for exploring on foot. Guests can wander past the beautifully preserved merchant houses and marvel at the iconic 400-year-old Japanese Bridge.
A short walk onwards takes them to a long-established workshop where a uniquely qualified and highly characterful artisan is waiting to greet them. With his encouragement, they can roll up their sleeves, play with colours and start painting local folklore masks, a craft that has been passed down through generations and is his lifelong passion. The masks characterise the Tuong songs from classical Vietnamese opera, with various shades and expressions of emotion. His guests are of course welcome to take home their masterpiece creation!
The trip wraps up with a 30-minute hands-on demonstration of making the traditional white rose Hoi An dumpling which are a famous local treat. It’s fascinating and fun to learn the knack of twisting and folding the outer cover of each dumpling so it looks like a flower bud, then adding the delicious filling of minced shrimp and pork. The experience rounds off with a tasting session so they get to enjoy the fruits of their labour.
When the day is done, they’re transferred back to their hotel. For more information, get in touch with our team in Vietnam at: [email protected]