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As a destination, Southeast Asia is the cradle for a variety of arts, crafts and cultural treasures developed over hundreds, if not thousands, of years.  For example, a country as small as Bhutan (circa 800,000 people) has 13 protected arts and crafts to symbolize the country’s identity, including weaving, wall painting and papermaking.

Each period in Southeast Asian arts & culture is inextricably linked to a specific political, social, and religious environment, with most of the early influences originating from Buddhist and Hindu traditions. For instance, sky lanterns skillfully crafted from rice paper and bamboo are a symbolic part of the ancient Loy Krathong Festival in Thailand.

Another way that people of Asia express their creativity is through their elaborative outfits. From colourful saris in India to national costumes in Bhutan, the visiting fashionistas are sure to find a unique piece (or pieces!) to add to their collection.
In particular, Hoi An in Vietnam is known for its affordable and high-quality tailoring – a great experience for those with such in-depth interests and those who look for a bit of family fun!

For those who prefer live entertainment over visual arts, events happen all year round across the region. An ETG favourite is the Hua Hin Jazz Festival showcasing local talent from Thailand and the growing Jazz scene in Vietnam.

In this part of the blog, you will find all the information about arts & culture in Southeast Asia that will provide you with an insight into locals life and passions and help develop yours.