The Anam is emerging as a gateway to Vietnam’s rich arts and culture, welcoming talented local artists to its grounds weekly to practice their craft as the resort serves up a smorgasbord of street food favorites.

The luxurious resort in south-central Khanh Hoa province will welcome four artists each Wednesday under a new artist-in-residence program beginning this month.

Adjacent to the resort’s infinity pool and giving way to the beach, the vast deck at the Vietnamese restaurant Lang Viet will become an outdoor arts studio and gallery from 5pm to 9pm, allowing guests to mingle with the artists and inspect a showcase of their completed pieces.

As part of the new street food buffet from 6.30pm to 9.30pm, chefs at Lang Viet’s six cooking stations will cook up a storm, serving dishes such as “bo la lot(grilled beef wrapped in betel leaves), “tom nuong” (grilled prawns), “mi quang” (egg noodle soup with pork ribs, quail eggs, and bean sprouts) and “nom bo kho” (green papaya salad with dried beef).

“Art and cuisine are two sure-fire ways to reach the deepest and most profound depths of any culture,” said resort owner and founder Pham Van Hien. “We’re combining both, bringing incredible artists, their compelling work, and delectable street food in an authentic fashion to our five-star resort.”

Driven by his interest in getting to know local artists personally, The Anam’s General Manager Herbert Laubichler-Pichler enlisted Ms. Nguyen Hong Van, who opened Nha Trang’s first art gallery, The Rainbow Gallery, to create the artist-in-residence program.

Artists involved include painter Bui Van Quang, a member of the Vietnam Fine Arts Association who depicts daily life through the use of the country’s rich colors. All artworks are for sale - an original holiday memento.