Vietnam, Its History and Interesting Facts
You may wish to visit Vietnam today, but do you know it’s fascinating facts behind this South East Asian Country? This article will reveal 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 nation to its independence in 1945. Ho Chi Minh died in 1969, during the Vietnam War. He had requested to be cremated and spread his ashes in various corners of the nation. Nevertheless, 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 presented him in Moscow.
#2 Most people Here Is Called Nguyen
Even Ho Chi Minh was called Nguyen when he was born! You will find that you will see this last name all over the place: the receptionists, the streets, and more. It is the fourth most popular surname in the world apart from 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 circulate according to the law of the quickest (or bravest) on the way. According to the Vietnam Ministry of Transportation of 2013, there are over 37 million registered motorbikes and only 2 million automobiles.
Possessing a vehicle in Vietnamis expensive as you need to pay a very high tax and only the rich have enough money it. The motorcycle tax is much cheaper. Thus, it is the transport most used by its inhabitants. Be cautious when crossing the streets, even on crosswalks!
#4 If you love Coffee, You Will Really like Vietnam
Vietnam is the second-largest coffee maker on earth after Brazil. Coffee was initially introduced in Vietnam by the French in the 19th century. Nonetheless, after the Vietnam War, generation elevated significantly. By the way, never leave the nation without trying their typical coffee with eggs. They are the kings of coffee!
#5 A quite 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 perform 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), over 25% of Vietnamese smoke. That signifies one in four peopleis a smoker! Also in Vietnam, cigarette smoking is regarded a male activity. So it is pretty 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 let it ferment. They are saying this drink cures everything. Would you try it out? We did not care throughout the excursion to the Mekong Delta.
#8. Would you ever eat Tiet Canh?
A fairly well-known dish of Vietnamese delicacies is the Tiet Canh. It is a type of soup made from frozen duck blood. The reality is that it does not look very good.
#9. Even though it is better to get familiar with the Pho
During your trip to Vietnam you will have 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 road they do totally everything
One of the curiosities of Vietnam that stunned us most is that they do absolutely almost everything on the road. 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. That is why, 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 insane to return back on vacation and the Vietnamese hate it. They believe that white skin evokes innocence and purity. They say the brighter the skin is, the more likely you are to get work or succeed in love. Lots of people want to have cosmetic surgery to bleach their skin. If you want to open a company in Vietnam, you can build a great sunscreen! In grocery stores you can find creams that help you whiten skin. We even seen them publicized on airplanes! Certainly, one of the best curiosities of Vietnam.
Curiosities of Vietnam
Enjoying 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 best 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 women use it.
#13. Be wary when attempting to speak Vietnamese!
And lastly, to end this listing of curiosities of Vietnam we did not want to leave one relevant to their language. And it is that the Vietnamese is very complicated. It has up to 6 different tones and the meaning of each word can differ in each tone. Based on how you pronounce a word, it can mean something else (completely different). So it is certainly one of the most tough languages to learn in the world.
Source: e-visa Vietnam