Vietnamese Music and Instrument


Vietnamese music is an important part of its culture. Vietnam is a diverse country which everyone on Vietnam tour packages will learnas they travel aroundthe country.Tradition plays a large part in life and every small ethnic group has its own traditional dance. Overseas influences have played a part in Vietnam’s development with the Chinese influence at its strongest in the north. Vietnam travel packages invariably seek to show tourists the best of what the country has to offer. Those whose particular interest is music are likely to want to enjoy it as they travel around and a good Vietnam tour operator will certainly be able to oblige.

Countries such as Vietnam have music that may initially sound strange to a tourist’s ear. That certainly applies to Ca Tru; it seems to be clicks and clacks of ballads from previous centuries. You are unlikely to want to dance to such music.

•    Quan Ho is folk singing that dates back centuries. Over the years there have been changes and as long as it remains popular that is likely to continue.
•    Xẩm is one form of classical music. This singing is certain to continue within the national culture with tourists enjoying the shows.
•    Cheo Operahas its roots in the villages; folk songs, pantomime, dances and sketches telling everyday stories.
•    Chau Van singing has a religious element. National heroes and gods are praised, music and poetry with changing rhythms.
•    Hat Then signing belongs to the Tay and the Nung ethnic groups. It plays an important role in important ceremonies and the performances can last for several hours divided into a series of chapters.
•    Xoan singing is protected as anIntangible Cultural Heritage. It originates in Phu Tho Province.
•    Tuong, or Hat Boi as it is known in the south, is drama first performed 500 years ago.
•    Cai Luong is a relatively new form of opera. There is a comedy element copying the French with singing and drama.

Musicians on Vietnam private tours may like to buy an instrument as a souvenir of their holiday. There are plenty to choose from:

•    Dan Bau is one string music instrument that is most famous in Vietnam for its beautiful sound and unique performence.
•    The Dan Ty Ba Four-string Guitar is pear-shaped and an ever-present in traditional orchestras.
•    Dan Tranh 16-string zither looks like a bamboo tube cut in half vertically. It is often played by women in traditional Ao Dai dress.
•    Dan Tam Three-string Lute is widely used by different ethnic groups.
•    Sao truc, a bamboo flute is pierced with finger holes.
•    T'rung comes from the Central Highland and is a traditional folk music instrument made of short bamboo tubes.
•    The Trong Com, the rice drum, is played with sticks.
•    The K'Ni is stringed, a sawing bow branch found throughout the Northern Highlands.
•    Dan Day is a three-stringed lute
•    The Klong Put is a wind instrument from the Central Highlands, played by several ethnic groups.

Vietnam travel offers many experiences and music is certainly one of them. Wherever you go on your Vietnam holidays you will hear music that may not be familiar; it is an intrinsic part of Vietnamese culture.