Vietnam, Its History and Fascinating Facts
You may want to go to Vietnam right now, but do you know it’s interesting facts behind this South East Asian Country? This post will uncover what most people don’t know regarding Vietnam! ( More on: e-visa Vietnam )
#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 died in 1969, during the Vietnam War. He had asked to be cremated and spread his ashes in several corners of the nation. Nevertheless, they chose 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 shown him in Moscow.
#2 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 almost everywhere: the receptionists, the streets, and more. It is the 4th most popular family name in the world aside from 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 simply because 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 only 2 million automobiles.
Having a vehicle in Vietnamis very expensive as you need to pay a quite high tax and just the rich can afford it. The motorcycle tax is much cheaper. Therefore, it’s the transport most used by its inhabitants. Be very careful whenever crossing the streets, even on crosswalks!
#4 If You Like Coffee, You Will Like 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, generation increased significantly. By the way, never leave the country 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 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 couple of hours!
#6 Vietnamese smoke cigarettes a lot
Based on the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 25% of Vietnamese smoke. That signifies one in four peopleis a smoker! Also in Vietnam, smoking is regarded a male activity. Therefore it is pretty difficult to find a woman with a cigar.
#7. In Vietnam there are really unusual drinks
Have you ever heard of the Mekong viagra? It is extremely famous in Vietnam. They present a dead snake to a bottle, then fill it with rice wine and let it ferment. They say this drink heals everything. Would you try it out? We did not dare throughout the excursion to the Mekong Delta.
#8. Would you ever try to eat Tiet Canh?
A fairly popular dish of Vietnamese dishes is the Tiet Canh. It is a type of soup made from frozen duck blood. The truth is that it does not look good.
#9. Even though it is better to get familiar with the Pho
During your trip to Vietnam you will get fedup with having Pho. You will find it almost everywhere! The Pho is a hot soup with rice noodles to which you can add fresh vegetables, veal, pork or chicken. It is really good!
#10. On the road they do absolutely everything
One of the curiosities of Vietnam that shocked us most is that they do completely everything on the road. 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. For this reason, however, Vietnam is one of the countries with the most conditions of gastric cancer in the world.
#11. Vietnamese do not like 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 that the whiter the skin is, the more likely you are to get job or succeed in love. Many people choose to have cosmetic plastic surgery to bleach their skin. So if you want to open a company in Vietnam, you can create a great sunscreen! In grocery stores you can find creams that help you lighten skin. We even seen them promoted on airplanes! Certainly, one of the very best curiosities of Vietnam.
#12. That’s the reason why they like the conicalhatorNónLá !
The well-known traditional Vietnamese hat is one of the finest innovations of mankind. We purchased it as a memento 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 girls put it on.
#13. Be wary when wanting 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 very complicated. It has up to 6 various tones and the meaning of every word can vary in each tone. Based on how you pronounce a word, it can indicate something else (totally different). So it is definitely one of the most tough languages to learn in the world.
Source: e-visa Vietnam