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In Vietnam you will not only see beautiful sights, but will also be entertained by the country’s vibrant and exciting culture. Vietnam has a rich heritage of performing arts including theatrical arts, music, and dance.
Whether it be watching music performances, or learning how to make Vietnamese food, whether in Hanoi or in Hoi An, we hope to create for you a memorable experience.
What better way to gain insight into Vietnam’s folk stories and cultures than to watch them performed?
There are several theatres where you can watch highly-rated contemporary theatrical performances highlighting Vietnam’s rich cultural heritage, including Hanoi Opera House and Vietnam Tuong Theatre in Hanoi, and Saigon Opera House in Ho Chi Minh City.
Enjoy the music, stories, and dance of Vietnam while also learning to appreciate Vietnamese culture.
Puppetry is a form of entertainment you can find in many cultures. However, water puppetry, where the puppets appear to be moving on top of water, is unique to Vietnam, and has intrigued many people from all round the world.
The show is traditionally performed on flooded paddies and is very popular amongst tourists. The Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre in Hanoi is a good place for watching these shows, which last just under an hour.
Be intrigued by the way the puppeteers manipulate the puppets to move naturally above water.
Do not miss the opportunity to discover Vietnam’s enchanting music. Each culture has its own unique music, which is a reflection to the character of the people as well as their past history. Such is the case with Vietnam’s music.
Vietnam’s musical culture is as rich and diverse as its people. While it is distinct from Chinese music, there are some similarities, as a result of their shared past history.
You can explore various traditional music genres, one of them being Ca Trù, an ancient genre of chamber music centering round a female singer. You can watch Ca Trù performances at Thang Long Ca Tru Guild in Hanoi.
Ca Trù used to carry negative connotations and be likened to the geisha form of entertainment, as it was used to entertain wealthy people. Today, however, that is no longer the case.
You can see many musical instruments in Vietnam. Two of the most popular are the sáo (the Chinese flute), and the dàntranh (a long zither highly similar to China’s guzheng).
You can also find many other traditional instruments in Vietnam. Some resemble Chinese musical instruments, others are completely unique, such as the T'rưng, a vertical bamboo xylophone, or the H’mong Pen Pipe, a unique reed instrument commonly played at funerals.
You will find that the sounds of Vietnamese music are foreign to the Westerner’s ear. Once you get over the unfamiliarity of the sound, however, you will find yourself enchanted by its beauty.
Outside Vietnam, most people only know of Vietnam’s pho noodles and Vietnamese spring rolls. While these are indeed delicious, there is a lot more to be discovered.
A great opportunity for you to discover more Vietnamese delicacies is via a street food tour, a popular activity for tourists in Vietnam.
We can arrange such a tour for you in the Old Quarter in Hanoi. You can sample Vietnam’s delicious street food such as banh mi (Vietnamese sandwich), as well as the local drinks such as egg coffee.
Walk through the array of street vendors and be captivated by the smells, sights, and tastes of Vietnam.
You can learn how to cook Vietnamese food for yourself, not just to taste it!
We can arrange a private Vietnamese cooking session for you. The session begins with a tour round a local market. You will then take a short boat trip on the Hoi An River to a restaurant, where you will be instructed by an experienced chef.
A few dishes you may learn to cook include: rice cake, shrimp rolls, Hoi An pancakes, quang name chicken noodle soup, and food decorations.
While travelling with Asia highlights, you will have most of your evenings free to yourself. Take this opportunity to discover Vietnam’s nightlife. You can explore Hanoi’s Old Quarter, where you can enjoy anything from the street food vendors to the local bars.
Ho Chi Minh City, having been influenced by the Americans during the war, has numerous bars in the southern part of the city. Hoi An used to be known as a quiet riverside city famous for wine and cocktails, but now also has a lively nightlife with clubs and bars.
Should you be interested in any particular activities, we will gladly help you with the arrangements. We hope that you will experience Vietnam’s charm for yourself and be entertained by Vietnam’s rich culture.
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