Vietnam, Its History and Interesting Facts

Vietnam, Its History and Fascinating Facts

You might want to travel to Vietnam right now, but do you know it’s interesting 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 several 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 requested to be cremated and spread his ashes in various corners of the country. However, they decided to perpetuate him and exposed him to a mausoleum in Hanoi (which can be seen). They followed in the footsteps of the Russians, who also embalmed Lenin and 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 last name all over the place: the receptionists, the streets, and more. It is the fourth most common last name in the world aside from Lee, Wang, and Zhang (all Chinese).

#3 The Paradise (Or Hell) Of Motorcycles

In Vietnam, there are motorcycles almost everywhere. It is real chaos given that 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 over 37 million registered motorcycles and just 2 million vehicles.
Having a vehicle in Vietnamis very costly as you have to pay a quite high tax and only the rich can afford it. The motorcycle tax is much cheaper. Thus, it is the transport most used by its inhabitants. Be very careful when crossing the streets, even on crosswalks!

#4 If you love Coffee, You Will Like Vietnam

Vietnam is the second-largest coffee producer in the world after Brazil. Coffee was first introduced in Vietnam by the French in the 19th century. Nevertheless, after the Vietnam War, generation increased significantly. By the way, do not leave the country without trying their typical coffee with eggs. They are the kings of coffee!

#5 A very narrow and S-shaped country

One of the most surprising curiosities of Vietnam is that at its best point, the nation is rarely 40 kilometers wide. If you dare to do 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), over 25% of Vietnamese smoke cigarettes. That means one in four peopleis a cigarette smoker! Also in Vietnam, cigarette smoking is considered a male activity. So it is pretty difficult to see a woman with a cigar.

#7. In Vietnam there are really strange drinks

Have you ever heard of the Mekong viagra? It is very famous in Vietnam. They introduce a dead snake into a bottle, then fill it with rice wine and let it ferment. They say this drink heals almost everything. Would you try it? We did not care throughout the excursion to the Mekong Delta.

#8. Would you ever eat Tiet Canh?

A fairly popular dish of Vietnamese cuisine is the Tiet Canh. It is a type of soup made from frozen duck blood. The truth is that it doesn’t look very good.

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

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

#10. On the street they do absolutely everything

One of the curiosities of Vietnam that surprised us most is that they do completely almost everything on the street. We saw 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, however, 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 hate it. They think that white skin evokes innocence and purity. They say that the whiter the skin is, the more likely you are to get job or succeed in love. Lots of people opt to have plastic surgery to whiten their skin. So if you want to open a business in Vietnam, you can build a good sunscreen! In supermarkets you can find creams that help you whiten skin. We even found them publicized on airplanes! Without a doubt, one of the very best curiosities of Vietnam.

#12. That’s the reason why they like the conicalhatorN√≥nL√° !

The well-known traditional Vietnamese hat is one of the greatest inventions of mankind. We bought it as a souvenir to have a few photos and then we realized its great utility. It shields you from the sun, rain, you can keep things inside… It’s a pass! Now we know why all women wear it.

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

And lastly, 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 different tones and the meaning of every word can vary in each tone. Depending on how you pronounce a word, it can imply something else (totally different). So it is surely one of the most tough languages to learn in the world.


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