Looking for something off the beaten track? Through Duara you can experience real Vietnamese village lifestyle in Huong Non, a tranquil rural village 2h from Hanoi. Duara is more than just accommodation: you stay with a local family, cook and eat with them and take part in the villagers' daily activities. Your stay benefits the host family and village directly, as part of the payment goes to a local community organisation. There are several host families who can usually each host two travellers.
The Duara Travels experience includes three meals per day. You will be served local food, the same eaten by your host family. You can help them cook it and learn about Vietnamese cuisine!
Note that there are several host families in the village. Once you make the booking, your English speaking Duara Contact, Aline, will arrange one of the host families for you. If you are a group of three or more, you might be split into separate host families. This village is quite remote from the tourism hotspots, so you will most likely be the only travellers here.
Unlike many Vietnamese villages, here houses are built with more space between them, giving it a real countryside feeling. Family ties are very important and you’ll find that most people are somehow related.
Get ready for pigs, cows, puppies, cats and grandmas running around your yard. Life here is very self-sustained. Most of your food will be coming from the surrounding fields, fish ponds and yards.
Like most of Vietnam, this village is moderately Buddhist, but religion is generally not in the forefront of daily life. Ancestors play an important role in worship and festivities.
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You have your own private room but the rest is shared with your host family. Conditions here are very local and simple, so do not mistake it for a luxury holiday! Be prepared to face a language barrier and overcome it by using body language and a translation app, they really work.
Interaktion mit Gästen
You are highly encouraged to be active in taking part in your host family's and the villagers' daily activities. Smile, laugh and tag along. This is your chance to experience how Vietnamese people live in the countryside.
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If you are travelling with a family, shoot us a message so we can figure out a good family price for you!
THINGS TO DO IN HUONG NON:
Sing karaoke with your host family.
Let the local boys take you fishing in the ponds.
Feed the puppies, chase the pig and kill the rooster for dinner.
Try how it is to work on a rice field or do some gardening.
Learn the secrets of world famous Vietnamese cuisine.
Visit the local market and buy ingredients for the meal you cook with your host.
Drive around with a motorcycle.
Most Vietnamese people sleep on beds without mattresses in the summertime - because it’s cooler! Feel free to ask for a mattress if you’re not ready to test your limits. Most families have them in store for the winter.
- Show respect to the local culture and religion. Dress modestly.
- Be cautious about showing affection in public.
- Do not show up home intoxicated or drink alcohol in the premises.
- Watch your language around children, do not publish photos of them unless authorised by parents, and do not take them outside the home without their parents' permission.
- You are entering a vulnerable community. Make sure you have a valid travel insurance. Understand, that you will be held responsible for any damage you may cause to your host family, their neighbours or their belongings.
- In case you have any allergies or special diets, inform your Duara Contact beforehand.
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Duara Travels is about more than just accommodation. It offers wholesome experiences of local life in rural, developing parts of the world. With Duara, you live with a local family in Africa, Asia or Latin America. You cook and eat with the family and get to join daily activities in the village. Forget about pools and luxury suites, get ready for bucket showers!
By choosing Duara, you benefit the village directly. Your host family and Duara Contact earn from your payment. In addition, 15% goes to a local savings group or community organisation, supporting the whole village around you.
Duara was founded in 2015 by four passionate travellers who want to rethink the income distribution in the tourism industry. We want to offer travellers the chance to make a positive impact while exploring the hidden parts of the world.