Daily village life in Bho Hoong revolves around traditions and practices that have more or less remained unchanged since the Co Tu began interacting with modern society. The Co Tu people in general have retained more of their original culture than most other ethnic minority groups in Vietnam.
The Co Tu are renowned in Vietnam for their ancient affinity with their forests, their ancestral divinities, their agricultural practices and their stubbornness in converting to modern life. Visitors to Bho Hoong will see the villagers wearing their tradition garb of hand woven, ornamental loin/body cloths, dresses and their distinctive wicker backpacks used for carrying goods and produce from one place to another.
Farmers still hold true to the subsistence agricultural practices of rice and vegetable cultivation and animal husbandry. The techniques employed are well suited to the surrounding environment and have served them well for centuries. All villagers are in some way involved in raising food irrespective of their main profession. Whatever small excess food they produce is bartered or sold at local markets to help supplement their meager income.
Foresters still selectively log the surrounding jungle for the most prized timbers. Weavers still construct buildings and fabrics using methods of old. Village elders guide and instruct all in the proper respect due to the forest, water and sky gods. Their nightly dance and gong performance in front of the central Goul house isn’t just for tourists but is an integral part of celebrating their culture and appeasing the spirits that demand regular tribute.
Bho Hoong Bungalows offers a window on this traditional ethnic minority village life in a way that no other experience in Vietnam can.
Co Tu & Bho Hoong Facts
Today, only animal skulls hang in the Goul house. In the not too distant past it is said that they enjoyed human company.”