Vietnam, Its History and Fascinating Facts
You may want to go to Vietnam today, but do you know it’s fascinating facts behind this South East Asian Country? This post will show what most people don’t know about Vietnam! ( More on: e-visa 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 country to its independence in 1945. Ho Chi Minh passed away in 1969, during the Vietnam War. He had asked to be cremated and spread his ashes in several corners of the country. Nevertheless, 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 also 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 all over the place: the receptionists, the streets, and more. It is the fourth most common family name in the world besides Lee, Wang, and Zhang (all Chinese).
#3 The Paradise (Or Hell) Of Motorcycles
In Vietnam, there are motorbikes all over the place. It is real chaos since 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 motorcycles and only 2 million vehicles.
Possessing a vehicle in Vietnamis very expensive since you have to pay a high tax and just the rich can pay for it. The motorcycle tax is much cheaper. Thus, it is the transport most used by its inhabitants. Be careful when crossing the streets, even on crosswalks!
#4 If You Like Coffee, You Will Like Vietnam
Vietnam is the second-largest coffee producer in the world after Brazil. Coffee was initially introduced in Vietnam by the French in the 19th century. Nevertheless, after the Vietnam War, production increased considerably. In addition, never 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 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 few hours!
#6 Vietnamese smoke a lot
Based on the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 25% of Vietnamese smoke cigarettes. That means one in four peopleis a smoker! Also in Vietnam, cigarette smoking is regarded a male activity. Therefore it is pretty complicated to see a woman with a cigar.
#7. In Vietnam there are very strange drinks
Have you ever heard of the Mekong viagra? It is quite famous in Vietnam. They present a dead snake to a bottle, then load it with rice wine and enable it ferment. They are saying this drink heals almost everything. Would you try it out? We did not care during the excursion to the Mekong Delta.
#8. Would you ever 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 good.
#9. Although it is better to get acquainted with the Pho
During your trip 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 great!
#10. On the street they do totally everything
One of the curiosities of Vietnam that surprised us most is that they do absolutely almost everything on the street. We watched their clients cut their hair in comfy hairdressing chairs. Or even how many people cooked at ground level! As you can imagine, the floor was not clean at all. For this reason, unfortunately, Vietnam is one of the nations with the most conditions of gastric cancer on earth.
#11. Vietnamese do not like to be brown
We go crazy to return back on vacation as well as the Vietnamese hate it. They think that white skin evokes innocence and purity. They say that the whiter your skin is, the more likely you are to get job or succeed in love. Many people want to have plastic surgery to bleach their skin. If you want to open a business in Vietnam, you can build a good sunscreen! In grocery stores you will find creams that help you lighten up skin. We even seen them advertised on airplanes! Without a doubt, one of the best curiosities of Vietnam.
#12. That’s the reason why they love the conicalhatorNónLá !
The popular traditional Vietnamese hat is one of the best inventions of mankind. We bought it as a souvenir to take a few 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 females use it.
#13. Be very careful when trying 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 each word can vary in each tone. Depending on how you pronounce a word, it can mean something else (completely different). So it is certainly one of the most difficult languages to learn in the world.
Source: e-visa Vietnam