Vietnam Traditional Stilt Houses

Taste the best of northern S-shaped country with Vietnam eco-tour, it is for sure that you will be soaked up lots of new and memorable experiences through staying at traditional stilt house. Unlike modern buildings nowadays, traditional stilt house boasts the Vietnamese culture and lifestyle, which urges you to try staying at least once.

Model of Vietnam Houses on Stilt

Stilt houses were built by Vietnamese four thousand years ago and these idyllic and rustic stilt houses have been alive with the time as well as contributed to nation’s architectural uniqueness. Nowadays, you can experience it in some specific provinces and mainly the northern area in Vietnam.

stilt house in vietnam central highland

They are made from simple materials like wood, bamboo, cane, or rattan. A traditional house on stilt offers an area for drying rice, set one or two steps below the main level. The zone under the house is either empty or used as a pen for livestock. In addition to a place to eat, entertain, and sleep, a stilt house is where a family worships its ancestors and works at tasks such as weaving and embroidery. The most important part of the house is the kitchen put in the middle of the house and serving as meeting site where the family members gather, gossip, and join daily activities at the end of the day. Therefore, staying at stilt houses during your eco tours helps you experience cultural activities and new feelings as well.

Benefits of Vietnam Stilt Houses


As a result of living in the flood-prone plains or remote mountainous areas, Vietnamese consider building stilt houses to avoid the damage of the flood and insects thanks to its height. In addition, there are no ground-level windows where an intruder may try to enter, which can help us protect the family living.

northern vietnam traditional stilt house


Stilt houses are off the ground, so cool air is allowed to circulate underneath the house, which can help to remain the house cooler overall and protect the main structure from termites.


A house built on stilts is naturally taller than the trees in some certain areas, which gives you a wide and distant view of the surrounding area. Stilt houses usually face high mountains and forests, helping you enjoy the peaceful and fresh atmosphere. Simple and unimposing, these houses still reflect the unique cultures and lifestyle of Vietnam’s diverse ethnic minorities.

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