Vietnam, Its History and Interesting Facts

Vietnam, Its History and Interesting Facts

You may wish to visit Vietnam right now, but do you know it’s fascinating facts behind this South East Asian Country? This article will show what most people don’t know regarding Vietnam! ( More on: )

#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 country to its independence in 1945. Ho Chi Minh passed away in 1969, throughout the Vietnam War. He had requested to be cremated and spread his ashes in various corners of the country. Nonetheless, 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 shown 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 will see this surname everywhere: the receptionists, the streets, and more. It is the fourth most popular family name on earth aside from Lee, Wang, and Zhang (all Chinese).

#3 The Paradise (Or Hell) Of Motorcycles

In Vietnam, there are motorcycles all over the place. It is real chaos since they circulate 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.
Possessing a vehicle in Vietnamis very costly because you have to pay a very high tax and only the wealthy can pay for it. The motorcycle tax is cheaper. Therefore, it’s the transport most used by its inhabitants. Be very careful when crossing the streets, even on crosswalks!

#4 If you love Coffee, You Will Love Vietnam

Vietnam is the second-largest coffee maker on earth after Brazil. Coffee was first introduced in Vietnam by the French in the 19th century. Nevertheless, after the Vietnam War, production increased considerably. In addition, do not leave the nation without trying their common coffee with eggs. They are the kings of coffee!

#5 A really narrow and S-shaped country

One of the most surprising 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

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over 25% of Vietnamese smoke cigarettes. That indicates one in four peopleis a cigarette smoker! Also in Vietnam, smoking is considered a male activity. Therefore it is pretty complicated to find a woman with a cigar.

#7. In Vietnam there are really strange drinks

Have you ever heard of the Mekong viagra? It is quite popular in Vietnam. They present a dead snake into a bottle, then fill it with rice wine and let it ferment. They are saying this drink cures everything. Would you try it? We did not dare during the excursion to the Mekong Delta.

#8. Would you ever try to eat Tiet Canh?

A fairly well-known dish of Vietnamese dishes is the Tiet Canh. It is a type of soup made from frozen duck blood. The reality is that it doesn’t look very good.

#9. Even though it is better to get acquainted with the Pho

During your visit to Vietnam you will get fedup with eating Pho. You’ll find it everywhere! The Pho is a hot soup with rice noodles to which you can add vegetables, veal, pork or chicken. It is good!

#10. On the street they do absolutely everything

One of the curiosities of Vietnam that shocked us most is that they do completely everything on the road. We watched their customers 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. That is why, unfortunately, Vietnam is one of the nations with the most cases 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 the whiter the skin is, the more likely you are to find work or succeed in love. Many people opt to get cosmetic plastic surgery to whiten their skin. So if you wish to open a company 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! Without a doubt, one of the very best curiosities of Vietnam.

Curiosities of Vietnam

Taking pleasure in the citadel of Hué with our Vietnamese hats

#12. That’s precisely why they like the conicalhatorNónLá !

The famous traditional Vietnamese hat is one of the best innovations of mankind. We purchased it as a souvenir to have a couple of photos 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 use it.

#13. Be careful when wanting to speak Vietnamese!

And finally, to end this listing of curiosities of Vietnam we did not wish to leave one related to their language. And it is that the Vietnamese is quite difficult. It has up to 6 various tones and the meaning of every word can differ in each tone. Based on how you pronounce a word, it can suggest something else (totally different). So it is surely one of the most tough languages to learn in the world.


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