The Art of Vietnamese Tea Drinking

February 7, 2018 by | Filed Under: Authentic Experiences, Culinary, Vietnam

Tea for Vietnamese people is a free-flowing and refreshing necessity. This traditional ubiquitous Vietnamese beverage is served everywhere and enjoyed by all sectors of the population.

Vietnam Traditional Beverage, Tea Fields, Vietnam

While travelling in Vietnam, it is very typical to sit down in a café or bar and without asking, you are served a trada, or iced tea. It is pronounced cha da and if it’s not free, then it is usually very inexpensive – around 25 cents. For Vietnamese, drinking iced tea is as important as water.

Vietnam Traditional Beverage, Tea Fields, Vietnam

How to Prepare Vietnamese Tea

The reason why this iced drink is so special and unique is because of the way it is prepared. The Vietnamese put the leaves, usually green tea mixed with jasmine tea, in boiled water. After this, a large amount of ice is added, turning it into a cool and refreshing beverage.

Tea culture penetrates every aspect of Vietnamese life. Whether it’s for ritual ceremonies, served to show simple hospitality, or consumed among friends and co-workers, tea connects people – making it much more than just a shared refreshment. Today, teahouse menus are diversifying to attract the younger generations for whom the word ‘tea’ has become synonymous with ‘hanging out.’

History of Vietnam Tea Cultivation

The history of tea cultivation dates back centuries. Khiri Travel Vietnam’s tea tour takes your travelers to Ban Doi village where they visit a tea plantation. Tastings and learning about the culture and art of tea preparation are the main activities.

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While staying in a traditional stilt house located in the heart of a Black Thai ethnic village, your clients will learn about tea production, which has been a part of Vietnamese society for over 200 years. Part of the experience is having time to slow down, relax and enjoy the unexpected tranquility among the local people.

While in Vietnam one should certainly not forget to enjoy this typical, traditional and super-refreshing drink! Use it to strike up a friendly conversation while sharing in a local tradition.

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