Ai Van's real name is Ha Thi Ai Van. She came from a family of entertainers. Her mother is the actress Ai Lien, famous for her many accomplishments in the art of Cai Luong in Northern Vietnam. Although Ai Van's first love was Cai Luong, her mother felt that she didn't have the voice for this kind of music so she was encouraged to pursue contemporary music.
Ai Van began studying modern music at the age of 15. She went on to become quite an accomplished singer in Vietnam. Her commending stage presence and her talents as an actress gave her the flexibility that most singers lack.
Ai Van is probably the most traveled entertainer in the Vietnamese music industry having been to places like Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, and many other Asian countries like Thailand, Myanmar, Japan, etc. In 1990, while in East Berlin, she witnessed the fall of the Berlin wall. Ai Van went to West Germany and settled there for a time. In 1994, she moved to the US settling in California. While here, she has collaborated with Thuy Nga productions in many of their most recent music videos.
Ai Van's most notable performances were in her renditions of such familiar folk songs as Em Di Chua Huong, Trang Sang Vuon Che and Tat Nuoc Dau Dinh, where she can take advantage of her background in acting. In recent years, Ai Van is becoming more popular with fans of music. She has recorded many CDs both solo and with other artists.