Hoang Anh Suong: Digging Up Dead Bodies with a Tea Specialist

How did one of Vietnam’s top tea specialists develop an interest in clairvoyance?  Read on and explore how Hoang Anh Suong balances his two passions or click here to discover more of Hanoi’s fascinating characters.

To many people in Vietnam, Hoang Anh Suong is known for two very different fields of expertise. You may be a tea enthusiast, in which case you’ll likely be wowed by Suong’s knowledge and experience regarding tea. There is also Suong the enigmatic journalist, who records the history of people finding the dead through psychic means. Hoang Anh Suong happens to be the foremost expert on both matters. 

When it comes to tea, Suong has dedicated a lot of time to spread his enthusiasm on the subject throughout the country and the world. Not only does he have a thorough knowledge of the leaves, he also combines this with his education in Buddhism and meditation. He approaches the subject with a distinct level of sophistication. You’ll discover that he’s always open to speak on the subject in English and Vietnamese. 

The other side of Suong is remarkably different. He represents something of a medium turned detective. In perhaps his most famous case, Suong trekked to a northern mountainous region in Vietnam to talk to a man who had been searching for his brother for 30 years. 

He records the journeys that people have gone through to try and find the bodies of the deceased. By doing this, he aims to pay tribute to the dead and maintain their stories for future generations. This way he can accurately reflect the loss of the people who remained after their loved ones were gone.  

Different books have taken him to different places. In “Echo From the Souls,” Suong runs the reader through the 13-year search for more than 5,000 martyrs from Nam Nhia. He also recounts his trip to search for the 4,000 prisoners lost at Phu Quoc prison. In one account, he speaks about Hoang Cong Chat – a farmer and his search to find General Tran Do’s family grave.  

The scientific foundations supporting Suong’s discoveries will amaze you. Throughout his work, he carefully depicts the human elements of these psychic searches, but backs it up with DNA evidence. He follows the trail of psychics who have found the remains of revolutionary leaders, cultural celebrities, and lost heroes. While you may find his stories to be odd and you may not believe in the ghosts of dead relatives, you will undoubtedly find them fascinating, spooky, and charming. 

Hien Truong

Hi, my name is Hien. I’m managing director of Sisters Tours, Vietnam’s bespoke B2B agency. I’m also president of Vietnam’s only sustainable travel association: the Responsible Travel Club (RTC). Do you have questions? Send me an email at hien@sisterstoursvn.com and let’s get the conversation started.

Hien Truong

Hi, my name is Hien. I’m managing director of Sisters Tours, Vietnam’s bespoke B2B agency. I’m also president of Vietnam’s only sustainable travel association: the Responsible Travel Club (RTC). Do you have questions? Send me an email at hien@sisterstoursvn.com and let’s get the conversation started.

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