HANOI SNAKE VILLAGE TOUR
10.00 AM, Our guide and driver will pick you up at the hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter and transfer to Le Mat Snake Village.
Le Mat is 7 km from Hanoi City center, in the east of Hanoi, take a car or motorbike to cross the Long Bien Bridge or Chuong Duong Bridge to Viet Hung ward, Le Mat Snake Village Long Bien District you can enjoy the special food in Hanoi. When it comes to Vietnamese cuisines, most of people think of Pho (beef noodle soup), Nem (spring rolls) or Banh Mi (sandwiches). Those are undeniably our typical food; but also we have a lot of other cuisines to try, some thing special, something rather extreme and interesting, which is snake.
Snake meat has a distinctive, unique flavor with a slight chewy texture will ensure to give a new experience for your appetite. With just the snake meat, our well trained, professional and seasoned chefs (no pun intended) will offer you 10 dishes, including snake spring rolls, stir fried snake with veggies, snake soup, snake porridge, deep fried snake skin, grilled snake and so on…But then of course, snake food tour is a unique tour, which comes with a unique way of enjoying it. If you think you’re adventurous when it comes to food and beverages, we will offer the snake’s heart, preferably consumed fresh and uncooked, with a shot of snake wine (Vietnamese rice wine mixed with snake blood, stirred with lemongrass to ensure a strong flavor).
After trying out all of those dishes, you may enter the snake farm to have a better look of how the snakes a raised, fed, trained by local experts, also you can witness some of the largest bottle of King Cobra snake wine in Vietnam.
+ Private car or van pick up at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter
+ English speaking guide
+ Lunch with snake meat
+ Drinks: Mineral water, Coffee or tea and Snake wine.
Tour excluded: Tips and Personal expenses
Le Mat is a small village located in Long Bien District in the capital city of Hanoi. The village has long been famous for a traditional job: catching snakes. It is rumored that even the kids there are skillful in doing the job, and that’s why there is no snakes left in the village and its surroundings. Nowadays, hundreds of families breed snakes to supply tens of snake restaurants in the village.
Not only famous for the talent of catching snakes, the village is also well-known for serving delicious dishes made from the reptiles. Just half an hour’s driving from the center of Hanoi, you will find yourself in Le Mat village where snake – restaurants have mushroomed.
Most of these dining venues are built on big plots of land surrounded by small farmer houses and rice fields. They are designed as rich houses of the old feudal time with wooden chairs and tables and precious potteries or porcelains.
The most popular snakes served in these restaurants are grass snakes and cobras (the cobra is ten times more expensive than grass snakes, of course), and they are all alive.
Guests can see how the chosen snake is prepared. Its heart and gall are poured into glasses of wine to drink. Other parts of the snake are cooked in different ways to make around ten dishes, for instance: grilled, fried, wrapped in leaves, rice soup, etc… Besides, snake alcohol is quite popular because it is believed to make ones healthier. Not many people think snakes are nice, but snake dishes are actually not so bad.