Nowadays, most foreign visitors to Vietnam discover Vietnamese people, history and cultures by going for sightseeing tours of the country. However, if international tourists choose our special tour as their companions in the journey exploring Vietnam, they will surely have a unique travelling experience. This is because the main concept of the project is to invite foreign tourists to enjoy a dinner in a typical Hanoi family in a cozy atmosphere instead of taking them to a luxurious restaurant.
During the tour, hosts get an opportunity to share the quintessential Vietnamese culture and everything related to their families such as history, rules or members with guests. Therefore, guests can build themselves a clear picture of what a typical Vietnamese family would be like and their lifestyles. More interestingly, both family hosts and guests stand a chance of making a comparison of traditions and customs in Vietnam and the country where guests are living. Sometimes, they can have a heart-to-heart about every topic of interest during the meal, which obviously proves that our tour helps bridge the gap between family hosts and guests.
Let's take a look at our itinerary:
1. FIRST IMPRESSION
At 6p.m, the tour guides pick up foreign visitors and take them to the host family, the tourists store the luggage, relax at the living room. The guests and the host spend time getting used to each other.
The host leads tourists around the house, introducing the history of the house and the family, the functions of the rooms, especially the ancestor altar and the worship room. The host introduces the ancestor worship tradition of Vietnamese people, explaining the meaning (including the incense, flowers, five-fruit tray, worship vows, etc) and performs the worship rituals.
2. DINING TIME
At the same time, the family also prepares and gradually arranges the food (which should be prepared partly earlier). The guests can join the cooking process or observe the way the host makes dinner.
Guests have dinner with the family. The host introduces about the history and meaning of the typical dishes.
The menu includes the traditional Vietnamese dishes such as stir-fried water morning glory, roasted sesame and peanut, spring rolls, and some stir-fried dishes of bean sprouts, kohlrabi, carrots, etc. (the dishes and their costs are estimated on the Appendix).
The meal ensures simplicity and hygiene.
3. INTIMATE CONVERSATION
The guests and the host sit at the living room, talking, drinking tea and eating sweets. The host introduces Vietnamese Tea Culture, shows the family photo albums and depicts the relationship between family members, as well as the manner in which Vietnamese family typically follow.
Depending on the conditions of each family, during this time, the host can offer different activities such as singing, playing music instruments, telling Vietnamese fairy tales or the traditional pride of the family.
It is also the time when the connection between the old and young generations, or between the local family and foreigners are strengthened.
Around 9 p.m, the host says farewell, gives the gifts such as souvenirs, brochures, videos and family photos to the guests. It the end of a picture-perfect tour.
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