Photo credit: Lao Dong (Labor) newspaper
Local travel firm Rose Travel Services Co., Ltd organized last month a pilot program to lead 52 international students of the University of Oslo to An My Village, some three kilometers away from downtown Hoi An.
The trip was also part of extra-curricular activities arranged for the students by the University of Oslo in coordination with Vietnam’s Da Nang Univeristy, according to Lao Dong Newspaper.
The Norwegian student group headed for An My Village's vast paddy fields, ponds, green gardens where they dressed like real villagers and engaged in farm work, such as plowing, hoeing, planting, catching fish, sowing, and making local dishes.
After hours of sweating on the farm, they enjoyed a delicious local meal and listened to traditional songs, rode buffalos, flew kites and played flutes.
Luong Son, chairman of Cam Chau Ward People’s Committee, said local authorities wish to turn the tour to An My into a professional farming tour like other villages in Hoi An, including Tra Que and Cam Thanh, did.
They hatched a plan to open An My tour five years ago, but it wasn't until last August that they reached an agreement with the Rose Travel Services to run the tour using hundreds of friendly volunteers in the village.
Authorities will continue to work with the company and other travel firms to organize tours to An My, he said.