This tour is auctioned with a starting bid of VND499,000 (or $20) for four people. Each subsequent bid must be higher than the previous one by VND50,000 ($2). The auction will be closed at 10pm on March 25 and the proceed will be donated to WWF's Environmental Protection Fund or to be used for environmental activities organized by AZA Travel.
The “Turn off the lights” tour is an initiative of Nguyen Tien Dat, director of AZA Travel- a tour-operator based in Hanoi. The auction is now conducted publicly on his personal Facebook.
Forty-five kilometres to the west of Hanoi, Duong Lam is among a few ancient villages in Vietnam that still keep the majority of its traditional architectures intact.
Located in the namesake commune of Son Tay town, Hanoi, it charms visitors by authentic architecture of typical traditional houses as well as features of Vietnamese rice culture in every corner of this village.
Most vestiges of Duong Lam heritage were built with the laterite, a traditional material of the area, which is believed to help strongly cement the constructions through the time and has a typical antique beauty.