Indigo Blue homestay
Ha Giang, Viet Nam
Indigo Blue Homesta is surrounded by green terraced rice fieldsy’s. The owners welcome you in their 2-story stilt house with wooden floor and original fireplace. Journeys to the East has committed to sustainable eco-tourism by joining force with the owners to help them preserve their traditional stilt house offering visitors unique travel experience at the same time a glimpse in their everyday life, customs and traditions being strictly observed .
The home has been enhanced by Journeys to the East giving guests comfort and style without losing its authenticity and warmth. After a local herbal foot-bath enjoy specialty dishes for diner; local flavors such as: smoked black pork meat, mountain goat, duck fed with grass, dried buffalo meat, forest vegetables, yeast leaves.
In the morning, enjoy an alfresco local breakfast of 3-colored sticky rice or breakfast with French baguette and local made jam of mango fruit or corn fed free range eggs from the farmers, while enjoying the spectacular scenery of lush green terraced rice fields and misty mountain range in the wide horizon. In the early morning set out on foot to a half-day trekking through quaint hill tribe villages surrounded by fish ponds, water buffaloes stalls, little markets
And you will be taken to explore the surrounding area where you will stop at a local stilt house and learn how to cook sticky rice in bamboo sticks. It is a specialty from the Thai ethic people called “Cơm lam”. You will first be explained how to choose bamboo sticks from a nearby bamboo grove – which should be young and long. Cut the bamboo into a 30-centimeter-long and 6-centimeter-wide bamboo joint, and drill a small hole at one end of it. Wash the rice and soak it for 30 minutes. Add some salt to the rice then pour rice grain into the bamboo joint through the hole, and add 100 ml water. Seal the hole with a banana leaf. And finally make a wooden fire – put the bamboo sticks vertically near enough to the fire but not directly on it so that the bamboo cannot not get burnt – the heat of the fire will bake the rice nicely