Inside Asia Tours: Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos

Insider Experience: Sophie's art tour

Get to grips with Vietnamese culture through its art on a tour of Ho Chi Minh City with an expert "Insider", Sophie Hughes.

Sophie is a long-term resident of Ho Chi Minh City and an expert in Vietnamese art. She'll give you the inside track on the Saigon art scene. First up, you'll view a private collection of works housed in a traditional Saigon villa, all produced by students who studied at the city's French-founded School of Fine Arts. Using an innovative array of visual aids, the collection highlights striking similarities between Vietnamese students of the 1920s and their contemporaries in Paris. 

You'll then move on to a private home converted into a gallery to see a collection of Vietnamese Combat Art and Propaganda Art. The gallery owner has been carrying out primary research on combat artists for years, collecting paintings that illustrate the incredible hardship artists endured to produce works during wartime.

The tour continues to the impressive HCMC Fine Arts Museum, a great example of Sino-French architecture, to learn how artists have been tools of the government during the resistance, revolution, and reconstruction of a nation. Here Sophie will explain how artworks by Northern and Southern Vietnamese artists - from both before and after re-unification - demonstrate how politics lead to Vietnam's 1990s art market boom. 

Insider Experience: Sophie's art tour

located in Ho Chi Minh City

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    Architectural Highlights

    From the sharp lines and modern art of Ho Chi Minh City, travel up through Vietnam, stopping along the way to see Cham-era buildings in Hoi An and Nguyen Dynasty architecture in imperial Hue. On top of this, see French influence in the elegant local buildings of Laos and the quirky Buddha Park.

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    This architecturally themed tour of Vietnam & Laos showcases the tremendous variety of traditional & French colonial architecture.

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    Hue's imperial tombs

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