Farmers in Hoi An reap good harvest from tourists
  • |, Vietnamnet | December 27, 2014 10:36 AM

Farmers in Hoi An Town, in the central province of Quang Nam, are reaping a bountiful harvest from foreign tourists wanting to experience farming work in Vietnam.


Foreign tourists being trained to bail water into field in Hoi An

A farmer, Pham Nhi, in Cam Thanh Commune said farm work was hard, but many foreigners are interested in the experience and are willing to pay to work.

Over the past 10 years, Nhi says he has earned thousands of US dollars teaching foreigners to do farming work in his fields. He houses them in a small, comfortable cottage on his land and supplies them with farming implements and hearty food.

He said hosting foreign tourists was earning his family VND5-7m (USD238-USD333.3) a month, which he admits is 10 times what he could earn farming the land himself.

“We can only earn some VND4m a year from what is grown on my 1,000-square metre field. But now we make about VND60m teaching foreigners to be farmers,” Nhi said.

Dozen of other households in Cam Thanh Commune have also benefited from foreign tourists, with a farm training programme attracting tourists seeking a unique experience.

Farmers in the Tra Que vegetable village said that, at the peak of the tourist season, come foreign travellers jumps to VND3-5m a month. He teaches foreigner travellers how to husk pound rice by hand and grind the rice to make cakes.

Some photos of foreign visitors enjoying farming work in Hoi An:

Foreign tourists learn to plough a field 

Learning to grow rice


Learning to pound rice by hand


Learning to cook on wooden stove

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