According to UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Committee, the art form meets all five criteria set by UNESCO.

Xoe Thai is a unique type of traditional dance associated with the daily life of Thai ethnic communities in the northwest of Vietnam and plays a significant role in their lives.

There are some 30 Xoe dances, but Xoe dance with a fan, a scarf or a conical hat are the three most popular, reflecting community activities and expressing the Thai people’s emotions.

Xoe Thai is Vietnam’s 14th intangible cultural heritage recognised by UNESCO and the fifth to secure recognition from the body this year./.