Location & History
Tra Que is a small village located 3km north of Hoi An’s Old Town. Its location is between De Vong River and Tra Que alga pond.
Thanks to the special condition of rich soil and water, the village has long been known for growing many kinds of vegetables: lettuce, salad, houttuynia, flagrant knoutwed, basil and coriander vegetables etc, with which the traditional specialities of Hoi An have gained part of their fame. The village is named after the sweet scented vegetables that spice up the everyday meals of the Hoi An people.
What to do
Tourists visitting Tra Que Village are often fascinated by watching the farming procedures of local farmers, including: raking the ground, sowing, watering, picking vegetables and many other activities which are rarely seen in modern daily life.
Moreover, tourists can listen to people talking about organic farming techniques and try their hand at actual farming. The farmers don’t use chemical or fertilisers but a kind of algae found only in a lagoon in Tra Que.
Thanks to this technique, Tra Que herbs and veggies are widely recognized for their quality, safety and especially outstanding taste and flavour.
The beautifully laid out gardens with mixed beds of vegetables and tiny flowers are also attractive enough for a bicycle tour around, prior to lunch at local friendly families with wonderful food of Hoi An such as: cao lau, Quang noddles, banh xeo, etc and some kinds of drinks extracted from local herbs.
Taking some cooking lessons provided by tourism companies isn’t a bad idea either. Just imagine that you can cook a Vietnamese food by yourselves and learn how food is grown in Vietnam: what an experience.
How to get there
Tra Que Village is on the way from Da Nang to Hoi An Town, hence it’s pretty easy to get there. Bike, taxi and motorbike are suggested means of transport to get to the destination.
Escape from the bustling city just about 15 minutes by cycling from Hoi An old quarter, you will enjoy farming area with nice weather and lovely people, a green area called Tra Que vegetables village. In Tra Que, farmers use neither manure nor chemical fertilizers but a kind of algae found only in a lagoon in this village.
The vegetables, hence, look green and beautiful naturally in their fields as well as possess outstanding tastes and flavors. Vegetables in Tra Que are loved and highly appreciated throughout Hoi An and nearby areas due to its freshness, good quality and safety.
This village is famous for over 20 different kinds of vegetables and herbs such as basil, lettuce, spring onion, perilla, Vietnamese mint, cilantro,… In Hoi An as well as many other areas of Vietnam, people prefer to have meals with fresh vegetables.
There are several dishes that need to combine with fresh vegetables when eating like bánh xèo (pancake), spring roll, Quảng noodle, cao lầu, noodle soup…
When several vegetables are mixed together, they will give you five flavors: spicy, sour, sweet, bitter, acrid which can make your mouth dances with satisfaction
Tourists visitting Tra Que Village are often fascinated by watching the farming procedures of local farmers, including: raking the ground, sowing, watering, picking vegetables and many other activities which are rarely seen in modern daily life… A tour to Tra Qua village endures in half day and can be arranged by bike, by boat or by van.