Just a few kilometers from Nha Trangs' beachfront is the picturesque countryside dotted with palm trees and fruit orchards.
Here the local people go about their daily business, with farming and cottage industry traditionally the mainstream of their simple lives.
The kindergarten is a delight to visit (weekdays only) with welcoming children who are only too pleased to see the smiles of a western face!
The village path leads us to the home of one family who weave mats from rushes that grow abundantly in the surrounding area. Two people working together will weave just four mats in a day, which will be taken to the local market and traded for food and other essentials.
We will have the opportunity to visit a local home - these are traditionally laid out in the same manner throughout the village. Ancestor worship is an important part of daily life in Vietnam and a large area of these small homes is usually reserved for the family altar.
Continuing on, we will pass through a fruit orchard boasting a plentiful supply of tropical fruits - sample some at a riverside cafe, where you may see children playing or bathing with their water buffalo at the end of a day work in the rice paddies.
This countryside tour gives a fascinating insight into the "real lives" of everyday people who are the backbone of Vietnam.
You will then stop at a local coffee shop to enjoy a coconut drink, and sample some locally-grown tropical fruit before going back to the ship.
Note: Guests must be able to walk approximately 1 mile over even and cobblestone surfaces. Time permitting; guests will have approximately 10 minutes for shopping and browsing. Tour order may vary in order to avoid traffic congestion.