Bong Lai Valley

Bong Lai Valley is a fantastic rural valley interspersed with farms and small villages. There are now a number of attractions in the Valley making it a great relaxing day or half day out in the countryside. Places to visit include the pub with cold beer, the Duckstop, Moi Moi, Pepperhouse homestay, Wild boar Eco Farm, Bong Lai Rattan House to name few
The Bong Lai Valley is best seen on a bicycle or motorbike or it is a 12km round trip walking. Easy-rider style on the back of a bike with a licensed driver for a stress free and safe way to travel is also a great option..
There are no entrance fees to any places in Bong Lai Valley. It is best seen during the day so that you can return before it gets dark.

Pub with Cold Beer

This is the original watering spot in the valley for thirsty tourists. They opened in unison with the Farmstay in 2010 and were named for the fact that at the time, cold beer was pretty much nonexistent between the original DMZ Bar in Pham Ngu Lao St Hue and Bars of the old 1/4 in Ha Noi. Yes, a long ride between drinks it was. Well cold ones, anyway.
As advertised, cold beer, and most of what you eat there is grown in the village. A very “Farm to Table Affair.”
Chicken is the specialty of this lively establishment, with chicken is so fresh that when you arrive it will still be scratching around the veggie patch! While you wait for your lunch to cook you can rent a tube off them and float down the river, just lie in a hammock with a cold beer or you can get as involved as you like with the preparation of your chicken, even catching and slaughtering the poultry yourself. The “Pub with Cold Beer” has been praised by foodie writers in publications including the “Huffington Post”, London’s “The Guardian” Newspaper and the “New York Times” travel sections.

Wild Boar Eco Farm

If you want to get further off the beaten track, head a few more adventurous kilometres down the dirt track of Bong Lai valley from the “Pub with Cold Beer” to the Wild Boar Eco Farm. In the same spirit of the pub with cold beer, they serve cold beer and delicious freshly cooked pork and other options, but in a more rural setting with views over the river. This is a great spot to swim or hang out in the huge Vietnamese house that Mr Cuong and his family have built. Past this location lies endless wilderness. It’s the end of the road.

Moi Moi Restaurant

This is a friendly spot that also offers some fantastic food options in a rural setting in the Bong Lai Valley, located in a rubber plantation, on a small farm that grows pepper, watermelons, cassava, corn and other crops.
Ask for the “Pork cook in bamboo” or the vegetarian Peanut dumplings “Ban Loc”.

Duck Stop

Take yourself there by bicycle with a map.
Quynh, a young village boy from Bong Lai Valley, and the rest of his family offer a very unique and quite peculiar approach to rural tourism and farming experiences. Take a leap and go for a fun afternoon on his farm to experience what he calls “his childhood lifestyle”. This tour consists on tending his ducks and his water buffalo which was part of a daily routine for children supporting their family in the area.
Proudly Tripadvisors number 1 of “things to do in the area,” yes, even above the world’s biggest cave. Stop there on your way back from the “Pub with Cold Beer” for a last bit of refreshment and feed the ducks or ride Donald Trump, the 1 tonne water buffalo for some great photos! They also serve some snacks, peanuts, etc and learn about and purchase if you like, some famous “Phong Nha Black Pepper” while you are there.

Pepperhouse Homestay

Call in for a late afternoon beer and a cooling dip in the pool at the Pepperhouse homestay. Meet Diem (Yimmey English) the owner and have a talk with her. Growing up locally and speaking great english, she can tell you about life in the valley.