Updated 2018. Redevelopment has taken place in Kenh Ga Water Village, Vietnam and sadly river trips are no longer available.
Settled for four days in downtown Ninh Binh, we ventured out to Kenh Ga Water Village, 21 km away on the road to Cuc Phuong National Park. We had a little detour on the way as sometimes happens in Vietnam.
When we got into the van arranged by our hotel, we were joined by a well dressed Vietnamese woman with no explanation. I was a little worried as we had declined the option of taking a guide with us.
Not wanting to be hit with an extra charge at the end of the day, I hesitatingly explained this to her. Oh no, she laughed, “I am the owner of the hotel and I am being dropped off at our new hotel on the way to Kenh Ga. It won’t take you out of your way, and when we get there I shall show you around it if you like”.
With that, boxes of vegetables began getting loaded as well. It seemed like they had forgotten to order our van, so their own driver was multi-tasking! On arrival at the very up-market hotel we were dropped off in style and ushered into reception.
Being with the owner we were treated very formally, and true to her word the owner gave us the grand tour of the formal dining room complete with chairs covered in white material tied with red velvet ribbons, and then to the pool leading off from the dining room. Onward we went into the kitchen to make sure the veggies, who had gone in through the back entrance had arrived O.K. We were amazed to find a huge kitchen covered head to toe by shiny stainless steel surfaces.
Yes, there the veggies were, standing in boxes in the hallway and rapidly being unloaded by a bevy of kitchen hands. Back we went through reception with people bowing in our wakes and down the grand staircase to rejoin our mini bus.
Kenh Ga please driver!
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