Category: Local Insight

Van Lam embroidery and lace village

Van Lam village in Ninh Binh province is one of the most famous embroidery craft villages in Vietnam. Its products are popular with consumers here and abroad. Van Lam, long famous throughout Vietnam for its embroidery, is now in the Trang An Complex, a UNESCO-recognized heritage site. The embroidery craft was first practiced here 700 […]

5 common things in Vietnam make the West surprise

Daniel Hauer, an English teacher living in Vietnam, has just pointed out some normal things that are considered normal in Vietnam but would be considered strange to an American. Men “displaying” their bellies “You will find this quite normal in Vietnamese street-side stalls. Men often pull their shirts up when they drink iced tea on […]

10 must-try café in Saigon

The local Cloth-filter coffee in District 11 retains its luscious aroma thanks to hand-crafted way of making, while Mockingbird and Sai Gon Oi at the old apartment in District 1 bring out the enjoyable space with exquisite decors. 1.Cà phê vợt (Cloth-filter coffee)  Located behind Thiec Market in District 11 (HCMC), although Mr Thanh’s small […]

Hoi An: A seductive shining jewel

If you ever wonder how to satisfy your cravings for traveling, just uncover the enchanting Hoi An, the greatest paradise I’ve ever set foot on. Hoi An is one of many magnificent destinations for not only Vietnamese but also foreign travelers – which, in a not so exaggerated way, is a grappling hook of attraction. […]

Shopping in Phu Quoc

In Phu Quoc you can easily find either local specialities or popular Vietnamese souvenirs. The most famous out of them are Phu Quoc pearl, pepper, fish sauce and rose myrtle wine. Why Phu Quoc? Located in the Gulf of Thailand, Phu Quoc Island is bordered with white-sand beaches and with large tracts covered in tropical […]

Bamboo Crafting in Vietnam

Bamboo crafting is not just making something. Also, bamboo is not just material for products. Bamboo has many similarities to Vietnamese people’s spirit and personalities. There are many villages where whole communities craft bamboo in traditional methods in Vietnam. Natural bamboos have become eco-friendly furniture, life appliance, clothes and even housing materials by artisans. Manufacturing […]

Vietnamese folk painting – Hang Trong, Dong Ho & Kim Hoang

Vietnamese folk paintings are a combination of traditional cultural values with ancient artistic methods that have been created through generations. The folk paintings are indispensable ornaments of ancient Vietnamese family at Tet (Lunar New Year) or for worshipping. Hang Trong folk painting Hang Trong painting is a genre of Vietnamese woodcut painting that appeared 400 […]