Hanoi families provide dinners for tourists

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A non-profit tourism project is bringing foreign visitors into the homes of local Hanoians for family-style dinners and a glance at authentic Vietnamese culture.

Home Visit, launched last week by Hanoi Kids and Students in Free Enterprise of Hanoi University (SIFE HANU), has host families inviting tourists into their homes for discussions about Vietnamese history, religion and art over pungent fish-sauce-soaked meals.

The families explain the meanings of the various dishes to their guests, and also teach them about the traditional arrangement of furniture in Vietnamese homes. Discussions also often focus on the differences between the generations, as many Vietnamese homes have at least three generations under one roof. 

The host families receive three-fourths of the tour price while the other quarter covers the costs of preparing the tour, insurance, marketing, transportation and tour guides.

The tours take place daily from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Each group of two to eight tourists will be transported from their hotels to the host families by various means of transportation, including taxi, cyclo, motorbike, or bus.

For more information, email hanoi.homevisit.tour@gmail.com, or contact Mr. Minh (+84) 1674104618 or Ms. Hien (+84) 9 164 48068.

SIFE HANU, founded by the Faculty of Tourism and Management at Hanoi University in 2009, aims to enable university students to apply business concepts to develop outreach projects that improve the standard of living for the needy.

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