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Vietnam, Its History and Fascinating Facts

Vietnam, Its History and Fascinating Facts

You might want to visit Vietnam right now, but do you know it’s exciting facts behind this South East Asian Nation? This article will reveal what most people don’t know about 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 nation to its independence in 1945. Ho Chi Minh died in 1969, during the Vietnam War. He had asked to be cremated and spread his ashes in several corners of the nation. However, they decided 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 will see this surname all over the place: the receptionists, the streets, and more. It is the 4th most popular last 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 given that they circulate according to the law of the quickest (or bravest) on the way. Based on the Vietnam Ministry of Transportation of 2013, there are over 37 million registered motorbikes and just 2 million vehicles.
Possessing a car in Vietnamis expensive since you have to pay a high tax and just the wealthy can pay for it. The motorcycle tax is much cheaper. Therefore, it is the transport most utilized by its inhabitants. Be careful when crossing the streets, even on crosswalks!

#4 If you love Coffee, You Will Like Vietnam

Vietnam is the second-largest coffee producer on earth after Brazil. Coffee was initially introduced in Vietnam by the French in the 19th century. Nevertheless, after the Vietnam War, generation increased significantly. By the way, never leave the nation without trying their common coffee with eggs. They are the kings of coffee!

#5 A quite narrow and S-shaped country

One of the most amazing curiosities of Vietnam is that at its best point, the nation is barely 40 kilometers wide. If you dare to perform a marathon, you can say that you have crossed Vietnam in a few hours!

#6 Vietnamese smoke a lot

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 25% of Vietnamese smoke. That signifies one in four peopleis a cigarette smoker! Also in Vietnam, smoking is regarded a male activity. So it is quite complicated to find a woman with a cigar.

#7. In Vietnam there are really unusual drinks

Have you heard of the Mekong viagra? It is very popular in Vietnam. They introduce a dead snake to a bottle, then load it with rice wine and enable it ferment. They are saying this drink heals everything. Would you give it a try? We did not dare during the excursion to the Mekong Delta.

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

A fairly popular dish of Vietnamese delicacies is the Tiet Canh. It is a kind of soup made from frozen duck blood. The truth is that it does not look great.

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

During your trip 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 veggies, veal, pork or chicken. It is really great!

#10. On the road they do totally everything

One of the curiosities of Vietnam that amazed us most is that they do completely almost everything on the street. We watched their customers cut their hair in comfy hairdressing chairs. Or even how many people cooked at ground level! As you know, the floor was not clean at all. For this reason, unfortunately, Vietnam is one of the countries with the most conditions of gastric cancer on earth.

#11. Vietnamese hate to be brown

We go crazy to go back on vacation as well as the Vietnamese dislike it. They believe that white skin evokes innocence and purity. They say the whiter the skin is, the more likely you are to get job or succeed in love. Many people choose to have cosmetic surgery to bleach their skin. If you want to open a profitable business in Vietnam, you can build a great sunscreen! In grocery stores you can find creams that assist you lighten skin. We even seen them promoted on airplanes! Certainly, 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 popular traditional Vietnamese hat is one of the ideal inventions of mankind. We bought it as a souvenir to take 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 know why all ladies wear it.

#13. Be very careful when wanting to speak Vietnamese!

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


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