I visited the organic Tra Que vegetable island many times during my two months living in Hoi An. Seeing first hand how our food grows continues to be some of the most transformational travel experiences for me.
I’ve gained a deeper respect for the labor of love that goes into growing absolutely everything–from a simple head of lettuce to a pineapple which takes an entire year to grow.
The farmland covered island has been providing organic produce to Hoi An and central Vietnam for over 200 years. Many plots still belong to the families that originally tended the land and each has a specific product they nurture.
The best time of day to visit the organic Tra Que vegetable island in Hoi An is at dawn before the sunrises. Many farmers try to do their heaviest labor in the early morning and evening when the weather is the least intense.
Many tours pay a visit to the island to support the farmers through tourism but it’s also acceptable to visit independently. However, going with a local guide helps bridge the language barrier in order to learn about the organic farming methods of Tra Que village. I loved visiting Tra Que village as a part of my vegan cooking class with Minh Hien.
To have the best experience at the Tra Que vegetable island stay in the village so you can wake up with the locals and get a look and taste of local life. Browse all accommodation options on the Tra Que vegetable island on Booking.com.
Responsible travel operator Backstreet Academy has an excellent tour that gives guests the chance to have a fully authentic experience on the Tra Que vegetable island that benefits locals. On the tour, you’ll farm, harvest, and cook alongside villagers.
If you prefer a more adventurous way to explore the organic Tra Que vegetable island head out on a sidecar tour that’s sure to be memorable.
Visiting and staying on farms have become one of my favorite ways to learn about local food traditions. In Malaysia, I loved my experience at Moonriver Lodge. I learned so much during my stays at Bagus Agro Pelaga and Bali Eco Stay in Indonesia. Have you ever stayed or visited a farm as you travel? Tell me all about it in the comments.
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