Weird things you can see in Vietnam

Pyjama fashion in Vietnam

Vietnam, which was not only occupied by American troops for over a decade,  but also ruled by the French for a century and governed by Chinese dynasties for more than a thousand years, has – remarkably – managed to uphold a large number of cultural practices. Even though some of these traditional customs seem pretty strange to the rest of the world, they are still prevalent throughout the charming country. During your trip to Vietnam, you can see a wide selection of some of the weird things. Alova Gold cruises

Pyjama fashion in Vietnam

Pyjama fashion in Vietnam

Pyjama fashion in Vietnam -source: internet

A pair of pyjamas must be the most comfortable clothes. And in Vietnam, as you go about your work, it’s far from a boo-boo to wear a pair within the day. In fact, it is basically the norm particularly among women in rural regions. From matching floral shorts and T-shirts to full-length loose trousers with colorful button-ups, pyjama sets come in a wide range of styles. Although it might seem bizarre at first, before knowing it, you will be envying how relaxing and practical they look and maybe even get yourself a pair of pyjama.

Weasel-poop coffee

Weasel-poop coffee

Weasel-poop coffee- source: internet

Although being the second-largest coffee exporter in the world, Vietnam offers a large number of the instant traded stuff at reasonable price. However, the high-quality, rich percolated coffee within the country is ubiquitous. The disgusting-sounding cà phê Chồn, the kind of coffee made from weasel poop is the pièce de résistance. With a natural inclination, the weasels eat berries containing coffee beans and only pick the ripest and the best ones. Even though the berries are digested, the beans come out the other side whole and then being transformed with a novel, richer flavor. After being dried and cleaned (phew), the beans are then roasted to create some of the finest coffee in the world. Not only delicately rich, chocolaty, it is also gunpowder strong. With 100g costing around US$90, it is also ludicrously pricey, but you can get a cup for just US$2.75 at the farms.

Wearing and eating silkworms

Many Vietnamese like eating silkworms

Many Vietnamese like eating silkworms- source: internet

You might feel bizarre to know that the most beautiful natural fiber in the world comes from worms. However, it will be a surprisingly enjoyable experience witnessing the extraction process from mulberry-fed grubs to the age-old silk in Vietnam’s highlands. When being boiled, the larvae inside the white fluffy-looking silkworm cocoons are killed. The white strands of silk flying free from the cocoons will be caught and attached to spindles on a machine unraveling the fine fibers. The carefully wound onto reels are finally woven on looms into very delicate cloth sheets. Then, they remove the boiled-up worms from their cocoons and, fry them in very typical Vietnamese style and enjoy. Slightly tangy and crunchy outside with an odd gooey texture with a mild yet moderately retch-inducing taste outside, tasting this dish will be such an unforgettable experience. north Vietnam packages

Communal smoking

Communal smoking

Communal smoking-source: Internet

When coming to northern Vietnam, you will easily see local people pass and smoke a large bamboo pipe, or điếu cày (literally “farmer’s pipe”) around after a meal with the goal of aiding digestion. Particularly in Hanoi, in roadside restaurants, they often provide one to let customers help themselves. A very potent form of tobacco inside the water pipe sends even the heaviest regular cigarette smoker hands shaking, head spinning and heart beating fast. Combining with an intense intake of smoke, the high amount of nicotine pumped into the bloodstream can make novice smokers vomit.

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