The colorful, picturesque scenery of numerous Vietnamese villages represents a real national treasure. The rustic homes spread over the entire nature are something worth exploring when visiting Vietnam. It’s a uniquely captivating experience for those willing to explore the old, traditional spirit that they preserve.
That’s why we’ve decided to take a closer look at all the aspects that make the small villages in Vietnam so unique and inspiring. Read on and find out more about them!
How does a typical village in Vietnam look like?
The villages in Vietnam are mostly based on riversides, along roads and on hillsides. Apart from the rural homes, they also include a sacred place such as temple or pagoda, a school, and a market. The houses in the oldest villages are usually built from mud and earth, and protected by bamboo grooves.
The villages have a strong independent spirit, as they form small closed communities. While the ones located in the southern area are scattered and more isolated, the ones in the north of the country have a tighter bound by a defined community structure. Practically every village is famous for some handmade products, such as brooms, lacquerware boxes, and conical hats.
Life in a Vietnamese village
A typical rural household is a home for various generations and relatives. The numerous family members sleep under the same roof. They’re habitual of not having running water or indoor toilets, and they still tend to build houses on stilts to protect themselves from floods. The bathrooms are usually in the form of an outhouse behind the house. They have cinder block walls and metal roofs. In some villages, separate kitchens are there which are apart from the rest of the house. What’s particularly interesting about village houses is the fact that they usually have an odd number of rooms. This takes us to the fact that the even numbers are unlucky for them.
The schools in villages are located in the center, and they can’t brag about large libraries, large classrooms, and quality equipment. Sometimes they don’t even have seats for all students and the lighting issues affect the teaching process as well. However, students enjoy going to school and are more than willing to learn, in spite of severe conditions.
The most vivid part of a Vietnamese village is the marketplace, where the local sellers offer a wide variety of fresh food, including fruits, vegetables, nuts, as well as tobacco, clothing and small hardware items. What’s interesting about the village markets is the fact that the role of sellers usually belongs to women.
Where to find an authentic Vietnamese village?
No matter what region of Vietnam you are visiting, it’s more than likely you’ll be able to reach an authentic village and experience the traditional lifestyle in no time since they’re spread all over the country. To get the most of your exploration, make sure to visit some of the well-preserved Vietnamese villages such as Buoc Village in Hoa Binh Province, Cai Lay in Tien Giang, and Cam Thanh in Hoi An. Moreover, if you’re interested in discovering unique spa treatments and cozy natural ambiance inspired by this intact scenery, be our guest at Bamboo Village Beach Resort & Spa and experience the traditional Vietnamese village bungalows.
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