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Riverside retreat

Released at: 23:27, 05/01/2015

Riverside retreat

Nang Song Hong is Hanoi's newest leisure destination and sure to meet an array of different tastes.

Despite only opening in late November, the Nang Song Hong leisure site on the banks of the Red River in Hanoi has already attracted a number of tourists and MICE operators and become a popular place for family weekend retreats. 

Just 15 minutes from the city center, Nang Song Hong’s architecture resembles a small village lying on the banks of the river. According to Mr. Hoang Hai, the owner of the project, Nang Song Hong was designed and built based with the traditional houses of Vietnam’s north in mind. 

In its first phase, Nang Song Hong only opened restaurants, which focused on the essence of Hanoian and northern cuisine - freshly prepared dishes using the highest quality ingredients. All five restaurants are named after flowers, including Lotus, Hoa Sung, Hoa Buwori, Hoa Cuc, and Hoa Chanh. “The elegantly designed restaurants and premises among quiet and relaxed surroundings, together with a sublime view across the Red River, create a gentle ambience that cannot be found anywhere else in Vietnam’s capital,” said Mr. Peter Weerabahu, General Manager of Nang Song Hong.

Nang Song Hong now also has an elegant Nature Bar and adjoining Riverside Café, both of which look straight out on to the Red River on one side and a traditional Vietnamese pond on the other. The riverbank is an ideal spot to sit and enjoy a tasty drink while watching boats glide along the water with a backdrop of the setting sun over Hanoi’s skyline - a quintessential image of Vietnam and an excellent photo opportunity.

Given the owner’s passion for Vietnam’s north, from mouthwatering food to vibrant culture and from its long history to the classic elegance of Hanoi, Nang Song Hong has a number of different areas allowing for intimate enjoyment among private company as well as open group occasions. Nang Song Hong has the largest outdoor water puppet theatre in the capital, surrounded by restaurants. “Water puppetry is one of northern Vietnam’s most celebrated cultural practices and thousands of people are drawn to the unique art in Hanoi and around Vietnam every day,” said Mr. Weerabahu. “We have designed our own water puppet theatre, employed our own artists, and written exclusive stories that take audience members to the very heart of daily life in the culturally rich Red River Delta.”

Nang Song Hong has also invested in state-of-the-art sound and lighting technology, which brings a modern sophistication to the performances and ensures all shows are spectacular. A museum has also been opened to help guests understand the history and art of water puppetry in Vietnam. “The museum recounts the history of the entertainment form from the very beginning and displays several priceless puppets from the past,” Mr. Weerabahu added. 

Nang Song Hong also holds traditional Vietnamese music shows such as Ca Tru, which is thought to have been in existence for a millennium and has recently been recognized by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage. Chau Van, or Hat Van, performances are also held, which is an exciting and mesmerizing form of music that serves to hypnotize mediums for receptions with the spirits and the gods.

Meanwhile, Nang Song Hong’s traditional market focuses on expertly crafted items produced and sold in the Red River Delta for centuries. Local artisans, some of who come from a long line of craftsmen, have been invited to sell and display their work.

According to Mr. Weerabahu, Nang Song Hong also recreates traditional local festivals and these occasions are typically quite extravagant affairs with a wide range of participants dressed in traditional outfits. One such festival is Ruoc Kieu, a remarkable celebration bursting with color and attracting hundreds of participants. Nang Song Hong also celebrates the Mid-autumn Festival, which usually falls at some point in September or October, where people can see spectacular lion and dragon dances performed by professional dance troupes.

With its expansive property and several independent areas coupled with a peaceful yet easily accessible location, Nang Song Hong is an ideal place for MICE groups. “We can accommodate large groups away from the noise and commotion of central Hanoi and we can tailor activities that suit different corporate needs, with conference facilities, group entertainment, and gala dinners,” said Mr. Weerabahu. “We have a number of areas suitable for small meetings of ten people, or larger conference areas for up to 200. We have state-of-the-art conference facilities and can make special arrangements according to any needs and requirements. We can also arrange banquets and gala dinners at our restaurants.” 

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