“The loveliest village on earth” seems to be an ambitious statement for Tra Que village if you haven’t made your road to this stunning countryside of Hoi An. Once you get there, you will thoroughly understand why that name is called out.
Located 3 km away from the center of Hoi An, Tra que (tcha wé) is well-known as the only freshest and cleanest vegetable supporter for Hoi An local foods. You can easily get there by motorbike, bicycle or simply a light walk.
This village has a perfect location between the old town of Hoi An and An Bang beach.
WHAT MAKES TRA QUE VILLAGE SPECIAL?
What makes Tra que village special is no chemical or toxic used in the plant growing process. It is to guarantee the best quality of vegetables. With a short visit to Tra Que, visitors can see firsthand how the farmers grow vegetables in their own ways.
Tra que villagers are always proud of their products, Mr. Thanh – an experienced farmer shared that all herbs in Tra Que are made without toxic or chemicals. It also has a natural fragrant smell thanks to the seaweed manure from Đế Võng lake. In addition, the unique farming land has greatly contributed to the fame of Tra Que vegetable. Even though you take seeds to another village for growing, the quality is not as good as they are in Tra Que.
According to Mrs. Do Thi Thanh, a villager: “Tra Que vegetables have a good smell with small leaves because it only takes 20 days from the first day of raising seeds to harvest day. Each kind of vegetable relates to different food; for example, coriander is used for chicken rice, balut, salad,… Sometimes, I also taught tourists how to grow herbs, separate land for suitable herb type, water plant,… Those who are not really good with their first-time farming still find plenty of joy during the process”.
Note that most foods in Hoi An focus on Ying-yang to balance the hot and cold inside a body. It means the amazing texture and rich nutrition of fresh vegetable in Tra que will revolutionize current standard of local foods in Hoi An.
Established 300 years ago and surrounded by Đế Võng river, the first citizens of Tra Que had first lived on fish catching. Gradually, they took advantage of the river seaweed for vegetable manure. Since that time, Tra Que locals spend their lives on growing the best vegetable which is delivered to all Hoi An’s restaurants and households.
TYPES OF VEGETABLE
The total area for growing vegetables in Tra Que has increased up to 40 ha with more than 41 kinds of vegetable (listed below):
- Betel leaf
- Perilla leaf
- Vietnamese coriander
- Saw tooth herb
- Rice paddy herb
- Thai Basil
- Fragrant herb
- Green onion
- Purple Shallot
- Fish mint
- Vietnamese mint
- Malabar spinach
- Lemon grass
- Fuzzy Squash
- Grape Fruit
- Sweet potato buds
- See qua
- Water morning glory
- Winter melon
- Snow Peas
- Sweet Leaf Bus
Depending on each vegetable type, price varies from 2,000 VND to 30,000 VND. Generally, herb cost in Tra Que slightly increases during Tet season. Normally, a family can earn 300,000 to 500,000/1 day in this high season.
TRA QUE – A PARADISE FOR PHOTOGRAPHER
If you are waiting so long for a gorgeous photograph destination, Tra Que is irrefutably a perfect choice. Let’s see what’s behind this little area!
- Stunning lighting: To all photographers, lighting is always on the top of things to be considered for the best photo. In Tra Que, you are rewarded with the outstanding lighting for all kinds of shooting. From the early morning to late afternoon, each time of a day provides different forms of lighting giving you a big chance for creativity and imagination. Tra Que is also renowned as the best place for photograph sunset in Hoi An.
- Lively surrounding: Tra Que with its lush grassland, marvelous rice field, and tranquil lakes for backdrop is rated as one of the most beautiful rural areas of Vietnam. Every photographer finds it super excited to observe the 80-year-old farmers sitting on buffalos for a short break or deep their feet into the rice field for harvesting. If you are lucky enough, you can happen to see a boat transferring seeds to the village. It’s truly an amazing scene which makes people itch to get back Tra Que every time.
- No fee: One funny and maybe “annoying” thing in Vietnam is that some people often ask for money when they are being taken photos. In Tra Que, there is nothing like 1 photo/ 1 dollar. Local people love being in your photos. The entrance fee is free too.
BEST TIME TO VISIT TRA QUE FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS
Go see how picturesque and charming Tra Que is with this following timing:
Morning: 5 a.m – 7:30 a.m
Afternoon: 3:30 p.m – 6 p.m
WHAT TO DO IN TRA QUE
No trip to Hoian is complete without a visit to Tra Que. Wandering around large yellowish rice fields and green herbs square are truly an amazing memory for people of all ages.
Tra que village is not a marked tourist destination for every tour but it’s always listed as a must-see for all travellers. Some foreigners are even willing to spend a large of money to experience a day of being farmer and learning plant growing technique from the villagers.
– Experience one day of being a farmer.
– Take photos of rice field and vegetable village.
– Enjoy a relaxing bike or a leisurely walk taking.
– A magical place for a stunning sunset/ sunrise.
– Cooking class.
– Foot massage with the ingredients from Tra Que herbs.
– Surround yourself with stunning landscape.
Every year, on the 7th of lunar January, Tra Que villagers organize the Cầu Bông festival to pray for a good weather and successful harvest season.
Come to Hoian without this must-see attraction is truly a mistake for any travellers who fancy seeing local life and natural beauty. A trip in Tra Que provides a once-in-a-lifetime visit for many people, especially photo lovers.