Mon, 15 Sep 2014 . Last updated Thu, 25 Jun 2015 08:49
Fishing is an ancient tradition in Vietnam. Local Vietnamese fishermen catch fishes directly from the beach, in lagoons or on the sea helped by the tidal water. Over time, various traditional fishing equipments have been developed. Every person around here knows how to use one of the local fishing boats, a traditional Vietnamese fishing boat.
Basket boat is a familiar sight in Vietnamese areas and widely employed in the central coastal provinces as a way for fishermen to earn their daily living. The boats are also employed as mobile convenient stores in ports selling food and drinks to fishermen before they departed. After catching fish, they are also used to transport the fishes to the shore.
Located by the Con River, Phu My village is well-known for the traditional craft making basket boats. Basket boats made by Phu My villagers have been exported to different countries around the globe including Thailand and Switzerland. The family of Trung and Kieu has been making the basket boats more than 10 years. The couple owns a production facility in the village. They are very proud that their products are known by foreign customers.
The primary feature of basket boat is well made from mostly bamboo. Bamboo is very cheap and also very available in the region. If compared to tropical hardwoods family, bamboo is pretty inexpensive and can be resistant to the various hazards at the coast. Local people use the bamboo which is planted on the sandy land so they have longer durability. The boats will last for about 5 to 6 years if the owner keeps it in good condition. The boats from other regions last for about 3 o 4 years.
After a decade of making traditional fishing boats, the trade has made his family wealthier. Every month, his family is able to produce about 30 boats which range from 1 to 4 million VND or $50 to $200 depending on the size. Final step in making these boats is that trying to make as waterproof as possible. They are going to collect some cow dung to cover the boat. Mrs. Kieu said that because the cattle’s diet consists mainly grass, the droppings are fibrous matter is I don’t really like the tiny holes in the boat to prevent the water from absorbing inside. Once the cow dung has dried, there are two more layers of waterproofing latex the hole in the bamboo and keep the bamboo dry. A well-made basket boat can be used during 10 years. This process will need to be repeated at least once per year to keep the boat safe.
“Le Cau Ngu” is a traditional ritual in the Central Coast of Vietnam. The ritual is carried out once per year to pray for good weather and safe sailing for the fishermen of the region. In Da Dia Reef, there are many traditional basket boats as a decoration for this beautiful landscape. Local people here often place their boats on the reef as they can easily carry them when they need to go offshore.
Local people use a special trap to catch baby lobsters named. The holes are drilled about 10 centimeters on a wooden bar. The size and depth of the hole is crucial as the baby lobsters pretty picky about their hiding spots. If the holes are too big, they will not feel safe and if the holes are too small, they will not get into. The finished trap consists of a net nailed three pieces of prepared wood. One side of the net is attached to a rope floating on the water. Previously, local people used wood taken from the mountain or coral which seriously affected the environment. Now they don’t do this. Three years ago, they invented this kind of trap, which is good for the environment and able to catch baby lobsters. The bounty of lobsters annually starts from November to April of the coastal Phu Yen, providing income for local fishermen. Each family in the village sets up about hundred traps in their own water. Some have earned as much as100 million VND a day which is $5 thousand catching these lobsters. The baby lobsters freshly caught can be sold for 100 VND. If they are kept in two months, they can be sold for double price.
Cu Mong lagoon is a stunning bay surrounded by mountains, a truly peaceful spot. There are many nets in this lagoon. Local people here catch fish by a kind of fishing trap, in Vietnamese it is called “bong mo o”. This trap is made by arranging the bamboo thread in an alternate way. This work has existed for a long time. Everybody in this village does this work since their childhood. They could make 5 units per day if they did both weaving and threading the bamboo. But if they only do the threading the bamboo, they can make 7 or 8 units. Here women make the big part and men make the small part or known as the entrance of the fishing trap and go fishing. The entrance is a special and important part of this trap, when the fishes go inside the trap they will get stuck and will not be able to come out.
Source: VTV4 – VTV.vn
Sapa – Where earth and heaven meet
Each place has its own interesting features, which you can explore once you come there. Coming to Sapa, the land of clouds, tourists will have the chance to enjoy the pure air, explore gorgeous landscapes and learn the cultural identity of ethnic groups.
Impress Hoi An Vietnam
Hoi An Vietnam, a world heritage site recognized by UNESCO is gradually capturing the heart of domestic and international tourists by its peaceful beauty, unique architectures, special cultural cuisine, beautiful beaches and kind people.
Haiphong – An interesting place
Haiphong is also known as the city of flamboyant flower, the largest port city in the North of Vietnam. Visiting unique attractions inside the city, tourists can learn more about local culture identity and people here.
Exotic Phu Quoc Island
Once setting foot on Phu Quoc Island, not only will tourists have the chance to immerse into the cool and clear water of stunning beaches but they can also explore the forests in Phu Quoc along with mysterious stories.
Van Long natural reserve in Northern Vietnam
Van Long natural reserve is considered the largest wetland nature reserve in the Red River Delta. In 2010, Vietkings recognized this area as the place with the largest number of Delacour’s langurs in Vietnam and the biggest natural picture in Vietnam.
The Central Highlands in the heart of Hanoi
About 8 kilometers from Hanoi’s center, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is a special culture space in Cau Giay district. Coming here, within only 2 hours, you could travel across the S-shaped country to learn about the culture and customs of each locality.
Exploring Hanoi Old Quarter
Joining in Hanoi tours, you are able to see the things that you might have been seen before if you ever been to this place to the old quarter. You also get a chance to see all the things that are hidden deep within the alley of the Hanoi Old Quarter.
Nightlife at Hanoi Old Quater
Hanoi Old Quarter is commonly known as Hanoi 36 old streets that presents almost unique things of Hanoi. Visiting here, visitors will have the chance to experience the daily life and explore the exciting nightlife of local people.
Quang Binh - the historic treasury at the confluence
Hien Ninh commune, Quang Binh province is a heroic land keeping precious objects, alive witnesses in two resistances of Vietnamese nation. When traveling this land, visitors will have chance to discovery this precious treasury.
Hoi An travel to New Moon Festival
The New Moon festival is held on the 14th evening of the lunar month in Hoi An ancient town. This is a magic festival and recalls of the real life of Hoi An people four centuries ago.
Vietnam War bunker near Da Nang
Located the south of Da Nang, between the Da Nang Airbase and Monkey Mountain, the War Bunker is a nice peaceful spot that reminds the memories of the war in Vietnam.
Visit Trang An complex in Ninh Binh
Dubbed as "Halong Bay on land”, Trang An has a system of limestone mountains and natural caves. Visiting Trang An, visitors will be surprised by the spectacular mountains, green trees and the clear river valley at the foot of cliffs and mysterious caves.
Cultural identity of ethnic groups in Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
When visitors don’t have a chance to travel across Vietnam, you can come to Vietnam Museum of Ethnology. Coming here, visitors can have an overview of culture, costumes, traditions and customs of 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam.
Discovering the Co Tu village in Quang Nam
Coming to Tay Giang district, Quang Nam province, tourists will have the chance to explore the unspoiled beauty of Co Tu village and immerse themselves into the nature in order to experience the colorful ethnic culture of Co Tu people in Vietnam.
Discovering pearl in Phu Quoc Island
The pearl can be considered as “specialty” of Phu Quoc. Therefore, when traveling this island in addition to visiting beautiful landscapes, when coming back, the pearl is probably thing you should not ignore.
Yen Tu Pagoda and records of Vietnam
Yen Tu pagoda is a complex of pagodas in the mountain of Yen Tu - the most sacred place. Reaching here means reaching the ancestral place of Vietnamese Buddhism. Pilgrims come here with greatest sincerity to pray for the Buddha’s support.
Ancientness of Hoi An ancient town
With the ancient beauty, charming beaches, perfect services and friendly people, Hoi An has become one of three cultural heritages of Vietnam and the most favorite destinations in Vietnam – a paradise for tourists.
Hanoi at night
Hanoi visitors around the world not only for the gorgeous attractions, historical and cultural relics but also for its beauty at night. Hanoi by night holds a great appeal that bearing the distinctive features of this capital.