The art of embroidery
Embroidery has a very long tradition in Vietnam. For centuries it has been used to decorate clothing, ritual objects or household items. It certainly is one of the most important crafts of Vietnam. Each shop seems to have a wide selection of embroidered pictures, usually simple ones, depicting some traditional scenes from Vietnamese life.
But there are places, like a workshop in Tran Phu Boulevard in Nha Trang, where the embroidered items stop being merely craftwork, they are simply art. The pictures are on display on two floors of this big shop and everywhere one can hear whispers of admiration from the visitors. On the top floor you can see artists at work. They all wear traditional ao dai, which makes them look very feminine and charming. Concentrated on the tangle of threads and intricate patterns, they seem not to notice guests looking over their shoulders at the results of their work.
If you are lucky, you might see a traditional Vietnamese wedding.
The Hotel I stayed at, seemed to be very popular, so I saw three weddings.
A little bit of information on a Vietnamese wedding reception.....it was different to my country!
A large number of guests usually attend the reception and sit down to a 7 to 10 course meal
The Guests are expected to bring gifts, and it is traditionally in the form of money in an envelope, usually $50-$200 USD per person though more or less is acceptable. Occasionally, the family and guests' monetary gifts will cover more than the cost of the wedding and reception.
In modern weddings, brides usually change into three different gowns during the reception. The dresses are usually a ...... Western white wedding gown............ a second Western dress to be worn at the end of the evening during the dancing...............and a third traditional Ao Dai to be worn during the traditional table visits to personally thank the guests for coming.
It was quite interesting watching, and the Bride's gowns were stunning! lucky me to see them!
Walking along the streets of Nha Trang (actually other Vietnamese cities, as well) we can see local people at work. Their workshops consist of simple equipment and a few square metres of a pavement. The most common are dressmakers sitting at their sewing machines. Here and there you will spot a barber shaving his customer with a razor. Life here is much more open, exposed to the view of others.
Children love photos
Well children always love photos. We caught a little girl playing onshore & told her to call your friends. Others who were swimming in the sea went screaming for each other's name to "chup hinh" (take snapshots)...
To get this photo, I told the girls to stand on a big basket boat & the boys to push it away...
A great memory.
Suspa is a new massage abd beauty farm in the centre of Nha Trang... Serene beauty, it claims... and this is exactly what they deliver. The place is really nice (poshly nice) and clean, and it has the advantage of having large massage rooms, so it's possible to have couple massages.
This is not a place for therapeutical massages, but for relaxing ones I can surely recommend it. The aromatheraphy massage lasts 90 minutes and it's very relaxing... we slept all the way through, actually. Prices are quite high (25 US dollars) for local standardsbut the quality is quite good.
Before and after the massage you are offered tea, as well as fruits and a delicious pannacotta-sort-of dessert. The spa is located at 93 Nguyen Thuen Thuat St, and it's best to book as they are often full. Closing time is at 10 PM.
While Vietnam is not well known massage, in Nha trang you can have one that you'll never forget... therapeutic, too. it's not "local", though... but basque. Charly is a professional masseur, trained in Spain and in Japan, that has just relocated to Nha Trang and set up his practice, there, making his own massage oils as well. He's also an Aikido sensei.
Not only he'll give yuo an excellent massage (for only 10 dollars), hhe'll also share with you precious tips for a healthier and better life (but don't touch his beer, it's his only unhealthy habit)... words of wisdom - and by looking at him you'll understand why... he's 57 years old and looks 20 years younger.
You can reach Charly though his practice, Therapevite - at Lo 50, hemm 222, Le Hong Phong TP. If you call him, he'll come and pick you up on his motorbike.
There are plenty of beauty therapists around town and all are multi skilled as in most Asian places. However I have never seen "ear cleaning" advertised anwhere else!!!
Not sure if this is a custom tip or what just found if quite funny. Any otehr members notice the samet thing???
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A visit to the hairdresser
All over Nha Trang, you'll find hairdressers do more than dressing hairs. You can get a massage (without naughty extras... alas *wink*), a face massage, a manicure, you can get your ears cleaned, ... In case you wanna get cleaned up after another dusty ride, the hairdresser is your man.
Well, you can see the French have been there quite some time.
They learned the Vietnamese how to bake good bread.
It's cheap, very good and an alternative for the daily rice
Buy it on the street and help the local people
BY the way, this is one the picture I'm really proud of
Locals don't wear swimsuits
Hmmm I don't know why, but local people in Nha Trang just do NOT wear swimsuits when they go swimming at the beach. Just like local Londoners never wear shorts even when it's blistering hot...
Nha Trang dwellers are early birds. They run to the beach, exercise & swim there at 5am, and by 6am they're already home...
This pic was taken at 6am & you may see very few people are still there.
Beautiful cycling girls
Everywhere in Vietnam you get to see the girls, wearing their beautiful dresses (called ao dai), cycling around.
They come in different colours
Wherever you are on the streets, there'll always some young girls or boys wanting to practice their English with you.
Wouldn't say I hated that...
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