5 icons of Vietnam
Nón lá - Traditional vietnamese hat
The “iconic conic” Vietnamese bamboo hat is among the most known accessories of the culture of Vietnam. The first proofs of its use date back to over 2,000 years ago.
A very beautiful version of the classic hat is the “nón bài thơ” from the Huế area, which includes poems and designs all over the surface.
Water puppetry is among the most known and typical forms of art in Vietnam. This shows usually depict daily life scenes and feature chants and tunes with traditional instruments such as gongs, chorns and bamboo flutes.
The puppets are also a very good gift idea and a perfect souvenir of your tailor made tour in Vietnam.
Phở - Vietnam's traditional noodle soup
Tasty and undeniably Vietnamese, the “Phở” is a rice noodle soup with beef or chicken meat.
From northern to southern Vietnam there are countless variations on the basic recipe. The particular taste is achieved with a special mix of herbs, spices and seasonings like mint, lime, ginger, anise and soy sprouts.
Sơn mài - Lacquer painting
Lacquered objects, usually wooden, are a very common product of Vietnam artisans. From small boxes to wooden eggs, the creativity of the local artists has found many surfaces to paint on in more and more efined ways.
Much more recent is the tradition of proper lacquer paintings, born in the ‘30s thanks to the French colonies. It’s a true cultural fusion between European techniques and local material which gave birth to the newst Vietnamese artistic movement.
Halong's bay and its legend...
The true “business card” of Vietnam. Halong bay has all the elements that make Vietnam such a great country. The water, a recurring element in the landscapes, from rice fields to the Mekong, to the ever present vegetation or the classic styled junks which float in its waters to the legend that tells its story. Halong means “descent of the dragon” and the legend has it that two dragons where called to defend Vietnam from invaders.
They built an emerald barrier and the remains of that barrier are the isles and stacks of the bay which you’ll be able to see on our tailormade trips to Vietnam. It is UNESCO World Heritage since 1994.