Western Vietnam, with cultural specificities through many years, always attracts many visitors when choosing and discovering Vietnam tours. To better understand and take a journey adapted to many new discoveries. You should not ignore the interesting article below!
Graceful Ba Ba Costume on the Western River
Referring to the land and the people here, many visitors will immediately think of the image of the river and the sweet and charming woman with her slender Ba Ba costume,…
Indeed, Ba Ba is a simple shirt without collar created by the ancients: the body of the back is a piece of raw fabric, the body of the front consists of 2 pieces connected by a strip of buttons from top to bottom. Perhaps because of the nature of West Vietnam always ready for all tasks, the Ba Ba has slots on both sides so that the wearer can easily carry out activities.
The overall appearance of this costume is extremely charming, discreet and elegant. Right in the front of Ba Ba, you can design 2 small bags to store essential personal items such as handkerchiefs, money,…
It has long been associated with the Western garden region and can be used by women or by men as well. As society grows and many cultures are introduced here, it is rare for us to encounter this image in everyday life. However, during the important holidays, people always choose the Ba Ba shirt as their main costume, as a unique cultural trait in the region of rivers.
The image of people from Western Vietnam in Ba Ba and wearing a conical hat has been captured in the hearts of domestic and foreign visitors, who bring tourists unforgettable phenomena. It is for this reason that this costume is of great interest to both domestic and foreign tourists. They recorded their moments and ordered gifts from family and friends. And you, did you have the chance to wear the Ba Ba – a typical costume of this rivery region?
3-blade dinghy – A feature of the Southern River
Once you visit the South River, you will be surprised and say: “There is everywhere a picture of a 3-blade dinghy floating in the middle of the river?”
In the South, the region of rivers, to go from the house to the garden, people must also take the dinghy. The neighbors visit others also use dinghy. This method is so popular that there is a saying: “Despite the poverty, you have to have a 3-blade dinghy in the house”. Indeed, for many generations, the main means of transport here has been boats, especially 3-blade dinghies.
The reason for the name “3-blade dinghy” because according to the original sample dinghy, it is composed of three pieces of wood boards, which have been carefully selected, which have to be flat, beautiful and safe. A largest piece is used as the bottom of the dinghy, also known as the dinghy cage. Two other pieces used on both sides of the dinghy. So, as the name suggests, the 3-blade dinghy comes from that.
Today, in order to facilitate the way of transportation of large quantities of goods, people have made and designed dinghies with many different materials. Although the dinghy is gradually being brought back to a new model, the old image is still characteristic of the inhabitants of the Southern River.
Not only tourists in all regions of Vietnam, but also foreign visitors coming to Western Vietnam, all are interested in this means of transport and want to experience getting around by 3-blade dinghy on a river. An interesting feeling mixed with suspense. A number of other visitors also learn to find ways to control it.
You see, whether on a motor boat or a luxury yacht, the image of the 3-blade dinghy remains in the nostalgia and memories of the people of the West.
Unique customs “presenting offerings to the boat” in the Western Vietnam
As mentioned above, the dinghies are the “feet” of the people of the river. This transport has been attached to the lives of people here for many generations. It is like a friend, a “guardian god” for business, the process of transporting so many people. Therefore, each year, the houses that own boats and dinghies maintain the practices of making offerings to boats with the belief that there is a sacred person to protect them, help their trade, and help them avoid bad things on rivers and canals.
In addition, to prepare a new boat, the owner always presents offerings to the first piece of wooden board, called the custom of “gim lo”. On that first piece of wooden board, there is a tray of offerings including fruit or other dishes. Although this custom has not yet been studied to be true or not, the people of this region have always had a strong belief in this “god”.
When traveling to Vietnam, especially in the rivery areas, travelers should look for some necessary information so as not to feel too amazed. In addition, it is necessary to pay attention to your words so as not to affect the lives of the locals!
Travel to the Western Vietnam to explore the floating market
The region of “nine dragons” is known as a place of interconnected rivers and canals. Therefore, since the time when traffic was not yet very developed, the main means of transport for people here were boats, dinghies,… Although knowing that there was inconvenience, the inhabitants from the West are not afraid of anything.
Following the river, the inhabitants of the West use this means of transport to buy, sell and exchange goods, thus creating lively and unique shopping scenes that are no different from traditional markets. And the name “floating market” came from that.
In this place, everything is sold and traded by the people of the western Vietnam. The goods are sold on floating markets comprising many product groups: agricultural, handicrafts, household appliances, etc. Thus, every day, hundreds of boats gather to exchange, creating a very lively and truly unique scene.
There are 6 unique floating markets in the West that you should come once:
- Nga Bay – Hau Giang floating market
- Nga Nam – Soc Trang floating market
- Cai Rang – Can Tho floating market
- Cai Be – Tien Giang floating market
- Long Xuyen – An Giang floating market
- Tra On – Vinh Long floating market
Today, the society has grown and the floating market has also grown, making it one of the most popular tourist destinations in Vietnam.
The diversity of culture, customs,… has created unique characteristics of the Western rivery region. Try a tour here, visitors can certainly forget the chaos of life and feel the warmth, the essence of the locals.