One of the fastest growing tourist destinations in recent years, Vietnam is a popular vacation spot because of the variety of attractions on offer. From ancient history and stunning vistas to delicious cuisine and adventurous explorations. The dark history of Vietnam is still an important part of their culture today, but there is also much to enjoy and experience in this exciting country. Soak up the atmosphere of this beautiful country as you wander the vibrant streets and experience the smells and sounds of Vietnamese day to day life.
The áo dài is a well-known Vietnamese national garment, which these days is more commonly worn by women. The dress has long sleeves and a high neck line, with side splits going up to the waistline and revealing the trousers beneath. The dress is usually made of silk and worn on special occasions, although some school uniforms and professions require girls and women to wear them. The nón lá, known as the Asian conical hat, is also an important part of their cultural fashion.
Vietnamese food is all about balance. The yin-yang balance, known as m dương, states that a cold or cool flavor should be paired with a warm or hot one. Also, the five elements principle is used to match foods with different tastes, health benefits, nutrients and more. Variation of texture is of key importance, as is the freshness of the ingredients. You’ve probably tried Goi Cuon – transparent spring rolls – and pho – noodle soup – but there are numerous other dishes you should try in Vietnam. Pick dishes with seasonal ingredients and local specialties for the best dining experience.
Puppet shows are a popular experience for both tourists and locals, and you can even purchase puppets from craft shops to take home. A small souvenir for your friends at home to try would be dried fruits and spicy dried beef. Brocade fabrics and products will be a memorable reminder of your time in Vietnam, or have a custom áo dài dress made to measure – they can be ready for you in as little as half a day.
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