20.08.2008 30 °C
One night at a cafe in Hoi An we met a man who organised private tours around his village. Basically he works at the cafe 2 - 3 hours every evening for free in the hope to find a tourist to go on his tour the next day. He showed us a book full of testimonies from a variety of people from a variety of countries and it all seemed pretty legit so we booked in for the next day.
It ended up being the best tour we had done in Vietnam. He was able to talk a lot about the war (he was fighting for the south) and the consequences of this for his immediate family and extended family. He also taught us a lot about the politics of Vietnam and we were able to finally find out (as we had been wondering) about the pictures we saw EVERYWHERE, in every house and restaurant, of Ho Chi Minh.
He also showed us around his village and we met a lot of the locals.
The family we spent the day with
One of the four grandchildren
Having tea with one of the villagers
Children from the village (who followed us around and wanted their picture taken)
A 3 month supply of rice for the extended family (most villagers pays for a small portion of land to grow their own rice on)