A scenic drive takes you through the Vietnamese countryside past small villages and endless rice fields. Vietnam is still very much an agricultural country and is the 2nd rice exporter in the world. Your guide will tell you how farmers plant the rice, and if it has not been harvested, you’ll stop along the road to photograph the vast fields. Drive to a rubber plantation where you’ll make a brief stop and have a chance for more photos. If you’re lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of the workers collecting latex from the rubber trees.
Stop at a Buddhist meditation center built in the forest with two large temples, one for monks and one for nuns. Here, you’ll visit the largest pagoda of Zen Buddhism and you may even have the opportunity to chat with the nuns and monks on how to meditate. Another stop of your countryside exploration is a farmer’s fruit garden where you’ll be able to walk around the garden and see the different kinds of fruit trees grown here; many which you might have never seen before. Locals also cultivate lots of cashew nuts for export.
Enjoy local drinks such as coconuts or local coffee at one of the village’s coffee houses. Drive to the local market, where you’ll find an array of fruits that come from the surrounding countryside. The market still keeps its simple and open activities, with bargaining being quite popular.