Vietnamese way of sitting
How to feel the VietnameseThe form of sitting of the Vietnamese is particularly curious, from the point of view of an outsider. They are squatting with the back of thighs glued to the body and supporting more than the feet. In this case, a picture is worth a thousand words.
Sitting in a Vietnamese
As you can see, the girl resting calmly on a wallflower to half a meter of soil, seated squatting in the typical form of Vietnamese sit while speaking by phone.
Of course, sheltered from the scorching sun in a tropical country itself (you can check time in Saigon, Vietnam if you're interested).
Beside her mother wearing the typical Vietnamese hat, and how it could be otherwise, bike (I recommend reading vietnam and motorbikes).
Vietnamese sitting posture
Sitting down is part of the culture and the traditions of the Vietnamese people. Although there is no data in this regard, nor studies, I would venture to say that the form of sitting is due in large part (rainy) weather and the absence of banks or natural seats (except in the North of Vietnam, there are no mountain ranges and therefore, there is no large rocks).
That is, if there is another seat that soil and this, as a rule, it is wet, better not to support the rear.
Vietnamese way of sitting
In other Southeast Asian countries also feel this way. Cambodia, Malaysia are examples that I know, but I guess that it can be extended to more countries in the region.
Way of sitting and Vietnamese restaurantsAny Vietnamese restaurant has small plastic stools very short people (just 30cm in height), where people of Vietnam, it feels completely comfortable.
Vietnamese sitting on low stools plastic (Vietnam)
Vietnamese sitting squat
However, any person who is not Asian, take much longer to get used to and probably end up with shoelaces.
I must warn all good Vietnamese restaurant that boasts, have low stools or seats (the cheaper the restaurant, lower seats) and sticks (forget the knife and fork, spoon as much).
Way of sitting in Vietnam
Cultures and physiological differencesThe Asians in general and especially the Vietnamese, are shorter, thinner and less bulky than Western people. Just look closely to see that the thighs and above all, the rear of Asians are smaller than Westerners, resulting in a practical and comfortable to sit.
But if there is a will, one can relax sitting, sitting to squatting Vietnamese form, or even sleep on a motorcycle.
Sleeping on the bike (Vietnam)
Photos of people sitting at squatNo need to look far in Vietnam, to find anyone sitting squat in the typical Vietnamese way of sitting. Anyway a boatman, a trader in a market, a fisherman, a teenage girl talking on the phone and even elderly people.
Vietnamese boatman sitting squat
For example, in the Ha Long Bay, As in most of Vietnam, is a seaside market where we can buy fruit, vegetables and especially seafood. As there would be less, market vendors feel the way Vietnamese, some on tiny stools. Even when you have to travel short distances, do not get up, but continue to squat and walk, his feet glued to the thighs, several feet to the place of destination.
Form of sitting squatting Vietnamese
For fishermen, it can be understood that due to the small space of the boat and perhaps moisture, does not support your back and simply rest on the feet, maintaining squat.
Fisherman sitting squat (Vietnam)