Vietnam, Its History and Exciting Facts
Vietnam, Its History and Interesting Facts
You may want to visit Vietnam today, but do you know it’s interesting facts behind this South East Asian Nation? This article will uncover what most people don’t know about Vietnam! ( More on: e-visa-vietnam.com )
#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 country 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 country. Nonetheless, 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 shown him in Moscow.
#2 Most people Here Is Called Nguyen
Even Ho Chi Minh was known as Nguyen when he was born! You will find that you will see this last name everywhere: the receptionists, the streets, and more. It is the 4th most common family name in the world apart from Lee, Wang, and Zhang (all Chinese).
#3 The Paradise (Or Hell) Of Motorcycles
In Vietnam, there are motorcycles everywhere. It is real chaos simply because 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 over 37 million registered motorcycles and just 2 million cars.
Having a car in Vietnamis very costly because you have to pay a high tax and just the rich can pay for it. The motorcycle tax is 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 Love 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. However, after the Vietnam War, generation elevated substantially. In addition, do not leave the country without trying their common coffee with eggs. They are the kings of coffee!
#5 A very 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 perform a marathon, you can say that you have crossed Vietnam in a couple of hours!
#6 Vietnamese smoke cigarettes a lot
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over 25% of Vietnamese smoke cigarettes. That indicates one in four peopleis a cigarette smoker! Also in Vietnam, smoking is considered a male activity. So it is quite difficult to find a woman with a cigar.
#7. In Vietnam there are really strange drinks
Have you heard of the Mekong viagra? It is quite popular in Vietnam. They present a dead snake to a bottle, then fill it with rice wine and enable it ferment. They are saying this drink heals almost everything. Would you give it a try? 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 delicacies is the Tiet Canh. It is a kind of soup made of frozen duck blood. The truth 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 will find it everywhere! The Pho is a hot soup with rice noodles to which you can add fresh vegetables, veal, pork or chicken. It is really great!
#10. On the road they do absolutely everything
One of the curiosities of Vietnam that surprised us most is that they do absolutely everything on the street. We watched their customers 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. That is why, 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 as well as the Vietnamese hate it. They think that white skin evokes innocence and purity. They say that the brighter the skin is, the more likely you are to get job or succeed in love. Lots of people decide to have plastic surgery to bleach their skin. If you wish to open a company in Vietnam, you can create a great sunscreen! In supermarkets you will find creams that assist you whiten skin. We even seen them publicized on airplanes! Certainly, one of the best curiosities of Vietnam.
Curiosities of Vietnam
Taking pleasure in the citadel of Hué with our Vietnamese hats
#12. That’s precisely why they like the conicalhatorNónLá !
The famous traditional Vietnamese hat is one of the finest innovations of mankind. We bought it as a souvenir to take 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 understand why all women use it.
#13. Be careful when trying 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 various tones and the meaning of every word can differ in each tone. Based on how you pronounce a word, it can imply something else (completely different). So it is definitely one of the most tough languages to learn in the world.