Vietnam National Villages For Ethnic Culture And Tourism

Vietnam National Villages For Ethnic Culture And Tourism

Vietnam National Villages For Ethnic Culture And Tourism
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4.0 of 5 bubblesDec 2019
This place is about 1 hour away from our hotel in Westlake. As we arrived at the location, everything was in Vietnamese, except for a small sign board behind the main building telling us to enter to pay for the entrance fees. All other sign boards for pricing, maps are all in Vietnamese only. The entrance fees to the park cost VND30,000 and there is a tram ride to the villages for another VND30,000 per person. Nobody can speak English. We were dropped off at the first village, pointed to a direction of a traditional Vietnamese house. The people there also don't speak any English. But somehow we managed to communicate via hand signals. Apparently the lady was trying to tell us how they live, what they wear, how they pray and then trying to sell us some tea products. The other villages were not so friendly. You just walk in, take photos, see some items for sale and off you go to another village. Each house is of different ethnic minority. Once you finished that area, just wait for another tram car to come over to pick you up and go to another area, repeat the above! There are several stops that is worth mentioning, including one where there are many wooden statues and a big house with a pointed roof! And a final stop before going back to the main entrance is the Khmer village. There is a huge temple, some outdoor decorations that is worth spending some time to take photos. After this adventure, i would strongly advice visitors to bring a local guide, otherwise it will be just stop, take photos, and go. Not getting any information about what the stories behind the whole village is about.....and also have to observe the lunch breaks as everyone in the village will be away for lunch!!!! Other than that, I just love the whole idea of a big green park with some beautiful photo opportunities. The only downside to this trip is we miss the chance to see any performances.

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Lewis H
Oklahoma City, OK279 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Friends
For a quick overview experience pertinent to some of the major cultural influences in Vietnam's history, this site has a lot to offer in a pretty short time. One could acquire much of the same with lengthy trips to Phan Rang or Soc Trang, but this compound can educate you quickly and with fewer steps. The Khmer temple complex is authentic, appears to be used, and is very nicely situated with views over the adjacent lake and hillside. The external construction primarily of concrete molded to ornate shapes and designs evokes authenticity, and the wood carving and interior bright colors are easier to grasp than those in a more ancient site.
We really liked however, the reconstruction of the Cham culture temple, based on an extant structure in Phan Rang far to the south. The architecture was completed with authentic clay bricks, and molded mortar for some of the insets. The geo-astronomic alignment was true to form and full of symbolism that is nicely explained.
The surrounding less ornate structures- model homes, Cham village, and such would also be worth visiting to sample the architecture of more normal daily life.
It was evident we visited in the off season when the more varied nature of the exhibits and such were not in full array, but even with just the structures, it was worthwhile. The layout is conveniently close together, not far from Ba Vi park, and the complimentary admission surprising. They have electric carts available for those who need ambulatory assistance over the paths, though there are a few steps to enter any of the temple complexes.
Written 29 November 2015
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K W T
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia593 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This place is about 1 hour away from our hotel in Westlake. As we arrived at the location, everything was in Vietnamese, except for a small sign board behind the main building telling us to enter to pay for the entrance fees. All other sign boards for pricing, maps are all in Vietnamese only. The entrance fees to the park cost VND30,000 and there is a tram ride to the villages for another VND30,000 per person. Nobody can speak English. We were dropped off at the first village, pointed to a direction of a traditional Vietnamese house. The people there also don't speak any English. But somehow we managed to communicate via hand signals. Apparently the lady was trying to tell us how they live, what they wear, how they pray and then trying to sell us some tea products. The other villages were not so friendly. You just walk in, take photos, see some items for sale and off you go to another village. Each house is of different ethnic minority.

Once you finished that area, just wait for another tram car to come over to pick you up and go to another area, repeat the above!

There are several stops that is worth mentioning, including one where there are many wooden statues and a big house with a pointed roof! And a final stop before going back to the main entrance is the Khmer village. There is a huge temple, some outdoor decorations that is worth spending some time to take photos.

After this adventure, i would strongly advice visitors to bring a local guide, otherwise it will be just stop, take photos, and go. Not getting any information about what the stories behind the whole village is about.....and also have to observe the lunch breaks as everyone in the village will be away for lunch!!!! Other than that, I just love the whole idea of a big green park with some beautiful photo opportunities. The only downside to this trip is we miss the chance to see any performances.
Written 24 December 2019
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SenPhi
Hanoi, Vietnam58 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Family
Vietnam National Villages for Ethnic minorities is good place to visit for both local people and foreigners. There are many houses that are symbols of Vietnamese ethnic minorities from North to the South of Vietnam with other special decorations belonged to each minority. Some festivals, every day activities, song and dance are being reorganized in the villages (quite often). Places for photos: Cham towers, Khmer temple, statues garden,.... if you need a quiet places, it's easy to find out in many community houses inside the villages. In my opinion, to make the villages to be a famous place, the organizers and administrators should create more interesting things (temples, stone/ bamboo bridges, canals or ponds ...).
Written 3 May 2017
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Enkidu-backpacker
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia131 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017
new ethnic houses and new templs (build around 2011) got no spirit and you just feel everything is too fake. ethnics live there but jut because government has moved them there based on a paid contract. you gonna walk into their house and watch them dancing for you or playing musical instrument, but you totally feel no passion and interest in their faces! that place was more like a human zoo, making visitors to watch minority ethnics. it wasnt respectful to them and i didnt enjoy it at all!
Written 10 January 2017
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Austin Okie
Hanoi, Vietnam22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
Great place to take a class trip. I will take the rest of my family together. Neat told buildings and mock ups.
Written 4 March 2020
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Jonathan S
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam14 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Friends
Disgraceful actions by this organisation that purports to support culture. Blocking access to the site of a music and arts festival is a shameful and petty act. I certainly will not visit in the future and will suggest to others that they do not either as I cannot endorse an organisation that plays petty politics with the thousands of hours of work and collaboration that has been made in preparation for an event that should be the kind this organiastion supports and promotes. Shame on you.
Written 23 November 2018
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ddntd_
Vietnam6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018
Very excited when I can come and visit the village. It’s absolutely beautiful and natural. With 25 000 vnd, we can have a ticket of tramcar (catch the tram like bus) throughout the day to travel around. The views are wonderful. I took many photos. If you want to stay all day at the Vietnam national village you should prepare the lunch and then sit down in a communal house for lunch or a break.
Written 13 August 2018
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melinda b
Seattle, WA22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Solo
I spent a week in the northern mountains with guide and driver, visiting remote ethnic communities to see daily life, homes, handcrafts, markets, etc. This is way off the beaten track. You need a good car and driver. Roads are paved, sort of, some places, narrow, twisting, winding and often perched on a ledge, up one side of a mountain and down the other. Few other tourists here and there. Local ladies in ethnic dress-Tay, Dzao, Nung, Blue and White Hmong, etc. Local markets and local products and plenty of people watching. Great scenery, mountains, historic geopark area near the Chinese border. Local food in small family restaurants was fresh and delicious. Get out your chopsticks. Hotels varied, some bed and breakfast, but a good guide knows where to stay. Itinerary can be booked ahead. Persevere because the travel agents are anxious to send you elsewhere. It took 4 tries to get this one: Hanoi, Babe National Park at Pac Ngoi, Bao Lac, Ha Giang, Bac Ha, Coc Ly, Sapa. Ma Tia, Taphin. Be sure to check market days and plan your stops carefully to attend. Excellent guide Mr. Thong at +84-912801569 or thongguide@yahoo.com speaks English fluently, extremely knowledgeable. Highly recommended.
Written 24 February 2016
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Samuel Piette
Toronto, Canada53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
The village is actually is beautiful and natural. In general, a good place for a day trip and a perfect place for shooting as well
Written 16 October 2019
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Paul V
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Friends
Very good place to go to for a day trip.
The price is 10k for students (vietnamese, i don’t know about foreigners, and around 30k for adults).
The place is huge, there is an electric bus for 35k, i would advise it, however, it is not customary.
Written 28 September 2019
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