Vietnam, Its History and Exciting Facts
You might want to go to Vietnam right now, but do you know it’s interesting facts behind this South East Asian Nation? This article will uncover what most people don’t know regarding Vietnam! ( More on: e-visa-vietnam.com )
#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 passed away in 1969, during the Vietnam War. He had requested to be cremated and spread his ashes in several corners of the country. Nonetheless, they chose 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 shown him in Moscow.
#2 Everyone Here Is Called Nguyen
Even Ho Chi Minh was known as Nguyen when he was born! You will find that you’ll see this surname almost everywhere: the receptionists, the streets, and more. It is the fourth most common family name on earth besides 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 pass according to the law of the fastest (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 automobiles.
Having a vehicle in Vietnamis very expensive since you have to pay a high tax and only the wealthy have enough money it. The motorcycle tax is cheaper. Thus, it’s the transport most used by its inhabitants. Be very careful 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 first introduced in Vietnam by the French in the 19th century. Nonetheless, after the Vietnam War, generation increased significantly. By the way, do not leave the country 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 country is hardly 40 kilometers wide. If you dare to do a marathon, you can say that you have crossed Vietnam in a couple of hours!
#6 Vietnamese smoke a lot
Based on 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 quite difficult to find a woman with a cigar.
#7. In Vietnam there are very odd drinks
Have you ever heard of the Mekong viagra? It is quite popular in Vietnam. They introduce a dead snake into a bottle, then fill it with rice wine and enable it ferment. They say this drink cures 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 well-known 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 great.
#9. Though it is better to get acquainted with the Pho
During your trip to Vietnam you will have fedup with eating Pho. You will find it almost everywhere! The Pho is a very hot soup with rice noodles to which you can add vegetables, veal, pork or chicken. It is really excellent!
#10. On the road they do absolutely everything
One of the curiosities of Vietnam that amazed us most is that they do completely everything on the road. We saw their clients cut their hair in comfy hairdressing chairs. Or maybe how many people cooked at ground level! As you can imagine, the floor wasn’t clean at all. For this reason, unfortunately, Vietnam is one of the countries with the most cases of gastric cancer in the world.
#11. Vietnamese do not like to be brown
We go insane to go back on vacation and the Vietnamese dislike it. They believe 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. A lot of people want to get a surgical operation to bleach their skin. So if you wish to open a company in Vietnam, you can create a good sunscreen! In grocery stores you can find creams that help you lighten up skin. We even found them advertised on airplanes! Undoubtedly, one of the best curiosities of Vietnam.
Curiosities of Vietnam
Enjoying the citadel of Hué with our Vietnamese hats
#12. That’s exactly why they love the conicalhatorNónLá !
The famous traditional Vietnamese hat is one of the best innovations of mankind. We purchased it as a souvenir to take a couple of pictures 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 put it on.
#13. Be very careful when attempting to speak Vietnamese!
And finally, to end this list of curiosities of Vietnam we did not want to leave one related to their language. And it is that the Vietnamese is quite complicated. It has up to 6 various tones and the meaning of each word can differ in each tone. Depending on how you pronounce a word, it can suggest something else (completely different). So it is definitely one of the most tough languages to learn in the world.