This morning, enjoy a half day cycling around Hue countryside (15km). Thuy Bieu village, located near the famous Perfume River, is one of the oldest and most unique villages in Hue. Shuttle 4km to see this interesting village and the surrounding area. Take a bicycle trip, passing by family temples, orchard gardens and paddy or corn fields before visiting a local home where the family members have been making incense sticks for generations. Chat with them to get a glimpse of their everyday daily lives and effort to keep the traditional craft alive. Continue your bicycle trip to Voi Re Temple and Tiger arena where your guide will explain how the Emperors in Nguyen dynasty were entertained.
Drive back to Hue. Enjoy a home hosted lunch with the celebrated gastronomy artisan, Mrs. Nhu Huy. She is a professor, author of cookbooks, food television presenter in Vietnam and Europe and the recipient of several prestigious talent awards in Vietnam. She has a treasure of stories to tell you about culinary art life and career. Salt Rice, one of the most opulent and symbolic dishes in the former Imperial capital of Hue, has made a comeback thanks to the Master Chef Mrs. Nhu Huy. There are up to nine kinds of salt such as from sesame, lemongrass, galingale, shrimp and the dishes are prepared by frying, steaming and braising. You can speak with Mrs. Nhu Huy, who was born and grew up in a Royal family, to understand her effort to search and preserve ancient recipes. It is necessary to enjoy these dishes slowly to enhance the fragrance of rice and the salty, peppery, sweet, and sour taste of different types of salt rice.
After lunch, drive out 30 minutes to the elaborate Khai Dinh Royal Tomb. Its architecture and atmosphere showcase elements of eastern art and western designs. Transfer back to your hotel with a stop to enjoy a great cultural feature inherited from the Nguyen Dynasty, Royal Martial Arts performance. A 30 min-long performance of different martial art techniques is reminiscent of the past heroic plots of Vietnamese patriots against colonialists, suppression.