Weekly ‘Artist in Residence’ Vietnamese Art and Street Food Evening Launches at The Anam


Five-star Vietnamese beach resort, The Anam, is delighted to launch the ‘Artist in Residence’ art and street food dining experience, a new initiative allowing guests to uncover the country’s fascinating culture and history through its artwork and cuisine.

Each Wednesday evening, The Anam’s beachside Lang Viet Vietnamese restaurant will be transformed into an open-air artist’s studio, with four local artists invited to set up their easels and practice their craft as guests dine on an authentic street food style feast around them.

Guests will be encouraged to mingle with the artists, discovering each creative’s story, as well as their experience of living and working in Vietnam and the inspiration behind each piece, while a showcase of the artists’ most recent completed works will allow guests to secure a memento from their travels that will last long after returning home.

Six live cooking stations will serve up a variety of Vietnamese street food favourites, including bò nướng lá lốt (grilled beef in betel leaf), bún bò Huế (Hue-style beef noodle soup) and bánh xèo (crispy Vietnamese pancakes). The resort’s chefs will draw on centuries-old recipes which have been handed down through the generations, cooking each dish in the traditional way without toning down spice or flavour, just as they would when cooking for their own families.

The Anam’s passion for the region’s creative scene is evident throughout the property, where hundreds of artworks by local artists adorn the walls and pedestals. Thanks to the new initiative, guests of the resort will now be able to meet the individuals behind the artwork and get a glimpse into their lives, while enjoying a delicious Vietnamese dinner.

Artists involved include painter Bùi Văn Quang, a member of the Vietnam Fine Arts Association who depicts situations from the daily lives of Vietnamese through use of the country’s rich colors, as well as painters Trần Thị Bảo Trân, Lưu Thành Quả, Nguyễn Hữu Bài, Ngô Đăng Hiệp and Lê Huỳnh, metalwork artist Bùi Trung Chính and the sculptor Đoàn Xuân Hùng.

For those looking to venture further afield, The Anam also offers ‘The Anam Art Trail’ a journey through the picturesque Khanh Hoa province by car or vespa, visiting the villages, homes and workshops of talented local artists which are otherwise inaccessible to tourists. The experience can be tailored according to taste, with guests able to choose three artists from a carefully-curated list of over a dozen of the area’s greatest painters, sculptors and photographers including Mai Loc of National Geographic fame.

Miles Noble