Reaching Out Teahouse – Hội An, Vietnam - Gastro Obscura

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Reaching Out Teahouse

Hội An, Vietnam

Located off a bustling strip, a silent teahouse employs workers with hearing- or speech-related disabilities. 

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The quietest spot in Hội An may be located off one of its main tourist strips. While many teahouses cultivate a tranquil environment, the largely silent Reaching Out Teahouse stands out for its staff. Since the space requires no vocal communication, its owners make a point to hire employees with hearing- or speech-related disabilities.

When you enter, you should either be completely silent or whisper quietly with your group. An employee will motion you toward a spot to sit and give you a menu with a small piece of paper where you can indicate what you would like. You can make requests for basic services such as the bill or hot water via labeled wooden blocks or, if you need to be more specific, by writing on small pieces of paper that can be found on the table.

The whole place is beautifully decorated and full of handmade pottery and jewelry that was made by the staff. Order tea, coffee, or baked goods, and take a moment to breathe and relax away from the hustle and bustle of the city outside.

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