In the past, with the sole purpose of personal pleasure, we spent our holidays in different places for no other purpose than to unwind and relax. But now, we are experiencing a new trend known as cultural tourism. Its popularity is certainly growing. So it is no strange that most people might have heard of it but most only have a vague idea of what it is and its purposes.

What is cultural tourism?

It is simply traveling to new places and engages yourself in the culture, especially the lifestyle of the locals in those areas. This truly helps deepens your understanding of their history, their traditions, and other cultural and traditional values and practices.

Why is it so popular?

As we all know, the world is changing at a rapid pace. But that should not mean that parts of our lives should be forgotten for good. That is why more and more people are choosing cultural tours over anything else.

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Hoi An – an ideal destination

With this approach, a traveler coming to a new land will never feel like a stranger or an outsider. Instead, they get a chance to immerse themselves in the daily life. They can familiarize themselves with the customs and even take part in some local rituals. Through such diverse and interactive activities, it is ensured that experience will be more memorable for every visitor. Another benefit it can bring is the in-depth knowledge about the culture and the people. Communicating with the locals in person is a more effective approach to any culture. Plus, you also got the people there always to provide you with the most credible information.

Cultural tourists play a critical role in the perseverance of various cultures and the development of those regions as a whole.

Cultural tourism in Vietnam

Culture is the essence of any human society. It is the indispensable foundation for the growth of every nation. It covers all areas of activities – economic, political and cultural. That is why preserving its culture is of the top priority of a nation.

In Vietnam, culture and tourism are successfully combined. This kind of experience attracts not only international visitors but also domestic travelers. It is typically favored by youthful travelers from around the world.

There are many options available for those interested in the culture of Vietnam. Here we will introduce to you three basic, any most popular, choices:

Visiting urban areas:

This is the most popular option for visitors as it can easily cater to almost everyone’s interests. People opt for this route will visit historic sites and cultural facilities built and preserve in big cities while enjoying high-quality modern services around. 

For example, Hanoi is an ideal destination for cultural tours. Vietnam’s capital is packed with historic and cultural sites.

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Inside Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

Traveling to rural areas:

This type of adventure highlights your firsthand experience. You will get to visit ethnic communities living in rural areas. This is where they showcase their traditions in a more lively way. An overnight stay is usually recommended as you will have the chance to stay with local hosts and experience life like a local. In some areas, you can take part in the process of making traditional products.

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Bat Trang ceramic village’s artisan

Bat Trang ceramic village is a perfect example. If you ever come here, do not miss the exciting chance to create your own ceramic items with the guide of friendly local artisans. 

  • Joining in a festival: This is especially popular among young people, international and domestic alike. Though participating in festival might sound a bit intimidating, it is actually a really fascinating way to experience a culture.

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Making Chung cake

For adults who health conditions are no longer at their prime, we would recommend Tet festival. It is celebrated nationally so no matter which part of Vietnam you come to, you will still be able to get the best out of your time. Making Chung cake, a traditional dish of Vietnam for this special occasion is another fantastic experience. 

So what are you waiting for? Come to Vietnam for the most memorable experience and memories that last for a lifetime.

There are always travel agencies that offer Vietnam cultural tours that can cater to your personal interests.