Vietnam, Its History and Fascinating Facts
You might want to visit Vietnam today, but do you know it’s fascinating facts behind this South East Asian Nation? This post will uncover what most people don’t know about Vietnam! ( More on: evisa vietnam )
#1 Ho Chi Minh Is the Hero Name
Ho Chi Minh is a national hero. After many years of French occupation, the charismatic leader led the nation to its independence in 1945. Ho Chi Minh passed away in 1969, throughout the Vietnam War. He had asked to be cremated and spread his ashes in several corners of the nation. However, they made a decision to perpetuate him and exposed him to a mausoleum in Hanoi (which can be visited). They followed in the footsteps of the Russians, who also embalmed Lenin and also presented him in Moscow.
#2 Almost Everyone Here Is Called Nguyen
Even Ho Chi Minh was called Nguyen when he was born! You will find that you’ll see this surname almost everywhere: the receptionists, the streets, and more. It is the fourth most popular family name in the world besides Lee, Wang, and Zhang (all Chinese).
#3 The Paradise (Or Hell) Of Motorcycles
In Vietnam, there are motorbikes almost everywhere. It is real chaos given that they pass according to the law of the fastest (or bravest) on the way. According to the Vietnam Ministry of Transportation of 2013, there are more than 37 million registered motorbikes and only 2 million vehicles.
Having a car in Vietnamis very expensive as you have to pay a very high tax and just the rich can afford it. The motorcycle tax is much cheaper. Therefore, it is the transport most utilized by its inhabitants. Be very careful whenever crossing the streets, even on crosswalks!
#4 If you love Coffee, You Will Love Vietnam
Vietnam is the second-largest coffee maker in the world after Brazil. Coffee was first introduced in Vietnam by the French in the 19th century. However, after the Vietnam War, generation elevated significantly. In addition, do not leave the country without trying their standard coffee with eggs. They are the kings of coffee!
#5 A really narrow and S-shaped country
One of the most amazing curiosities of Vietnam is that at its closest point, the nation is hardly 40 kilometers wide. If you dare to do a marathon, you can say that you have crossed Vietnam in a couple of hours!
#6 Vietnamese smoke a lot
Based on the World Health Organization (WHO), over 25% of Vietnamese smoke cigarettes. That means one in four peopleis a cigarette smoker! Also in Vietnam, cigarette smoking is regarded a male activity. Therefore it is quite complicated to find a woman with a cigar.
#7. In Vietnam there are really odd drinks
Have you heard of the Mekong viagra? It is very popular in Vietnam. They present a dead snake into a bottle, then fill it with rice wine and enable it ferment. They are saying this drink cures everything. Would you give it a try? We did not care during the excursion to the Mekong Delta.
#8. Would you ever eat Tiet Canh?
A fairly famous dish of Vietnamese delicacies is the Tiet Canh. It is a kind of soup made from frozen duck blood. The reality is that it doesn’t look great.
#9. Although it is better to get familiar with the Pho
During your visit to Vietnam you will have fedup with having Pho. You will find it almost everywhere! The Pho is a hot soup with rice noodles to which you can add veggies, veal, pork or chicken. It is excellent!
#10. On the road they do absolutely everything
One of the curiosities of Vietnam that amazed us most is that they do absolutely almost everything on the street. We watched their clients cut their hair in comfortable hairdressing chairs. Or maybe how many people cooked at ground level! As you can imagine, the floor was not clean at all. For this reason, however, Vietnam is one of the nations with the most conditions of gastric cancer in the world.
#11. Vietnamese hate to be brown
We go crazy to go back on vacation and the Vietnamese hate it. They think that white skin evokes innocence and purity. They say that the brighter the skin is, the more likely you are to get job or succeed in love. A lot of people opt to get a surgical operation to bleach their skin. So if you want to open a business in Vietnam, you can build a good sunscreen! In grocery stores you could find creams that help you lighten up skin. We even found them marketed on airplanes! Undoubtedly, one of the best curiosities of Vietnam.
Curiosities of Vietnam
Taking pleasure in the citadel of Hué with our Vietnamese hats
#12. That’s exactly why they love the conicalhatorNónLá !
The famous traditional Vietnamese hat is one of the ideal innovations of mankind. We bought it as a memento to take a couple of pictures and then we realized its great utility. It protects you from the sun, rain, you can keep things inside… It’s a pass! Now we understand why all ladies put it on.
#13. Be wary when trying to speak Vietnamese!
And finally, to end this list of curiosities of Vietnam we did not want to leave one related to their language. And it is that the Vietnamese is quite complicated. It has up to 6 different tones and the meaning of each word can differ in each tone. Depending on how you pronounce a word, it can suggest something else (completely different). So it is surely one of the most difficult languages to learn in the world.
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