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Tra (Tea)

Tra is by far the most consumed beverage in Vietnam. It is served both hot Tra Nam, and iced Tra Da. Many hotel rooms offer a complementary thermos of hot water and a tea set. Vietnamese tea is slightly different from the tea we typically drink in the West. Loose tea leaves are steeped in a small teapot and then served in tiny tea cups. Green tea is most often drank in the countryside; black tea is consumed in the cities.

Tra is so ingrained in the culture, it's simply second nature. If you stop into a shop to inquire about renting a motorbike, you'll likely be invited to sit and have a cup of tea. Many restaurants will automatically serve you tea after dinner. Our favorite: go to a coffee shop and order a cup of coffee, you'll be served coffee - and a pot of tea!


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