A fascinating side trip, Boundless Journeys-style – Vietnam May 8th, 2012 • by Matt Holmes – Written by Boundless Journeys’ Vietnam guest Barbara H. Because my husband is in the furniture business, our guide Elske arranged for a visit to a village that makes heavy, traditional Asian furniture. Dong Ky was a real highlight for all of us with its narrow muddy streets, open-air workshops with craftsmen at work, houses under construction, herbalist conducting her business on the street, another woman plucking gray hairs out of her customer’s head — all the sights of daily life and definitely NOT a place that sees tourists! We walked around the town for about an hour and then drove on to a roadside tent where the locals stop for bean curd wrapped in banana leaves, peanuts wrapped in sugar and rice wine that is really more of a liqueur. We squatted like the locals (ouch!) and had a unique and very authentic experience. Our driver was somewhat shocked that we wanted to do this, but then was quite impressed by our curiosity and enthusiasm. It is precisely this kind of custom-tailoring — adapting the trip to the style and spirit of the travelers — that keeps us coming back to Boundless Journeys. It was one of the most exciting days of our wonderful trip. The local pharmacist diagnoses the proper herbs for her patient on the side of the road. Mothers and grandmothers with their babies come to this shop for a soupy rice that is put into bowls or baby bottles. No such thing as a safety seat for babies on motorbikes! She is carving the ornate wood furniture that is sold all over Vietnam. Workshops are open to the street and offer us a glimpse of the private living space upstairs. The muddy, crude working conditions downstairs do not match the colorful private homes that sit directly on top of them. Vietnam: Cultural Explorer All senses will be engaged on this active exploration of the natural and cultural treasures of Vietnam. About Boundless Journeys Boundless Journeys is an award-winning small group adventure tour operator. With a diverse collection of locally guided, small group itineraries and Private Collection trips around the world, Boundless Journeys offers “The World’s Great Adventures.” The adventure trips for 2-16 guests are active, ranging from leisurely cultural explorations and wildlife safaris to challenging trekking ― with plenty of easy to moderate walking and sea kayaking in between.