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Fascinating Facts About Vietnam

Chaitrali Datar Jun 30, 2020
Vietnam, officially called as the 'Socialist Republic of Vietnam' is a country situated in South East Asia.
It is known for its beaches, rivers, Buddhist Pagodas and ever so bustling cities!
FASCINATING FACTS ABOUT VIETNAM
Topography
  • The country of Vietnam has a C-shape on the world map.
  • The length of Vietnam's coastline is 3260 kilometers.
  • It is an extremely long country stretching right up-to the Southern Hemisphere.
  • It is interesting to note the fact that there are 2 climatic zones in Vietnam.
  • It has a moderate climate in the North while a tropical climate in the South.
  • With rolling hills on one side and plain beaches on another it surely has a contrast topography.
People
Believe it or not, according to ancient Vietnamese Folklore, Vietnamese are known to be the descendants of the dragon!
  • The Vietnamese people belong to the Mongol Races of North and East Asia.
  • The majority of them belong to the Thai and Hmong group, the largest ethnic group in Vietnam.
  • They value family life tremendously.
Vietnamese Food
Vietnamese food has a good variety of healthy food, comprising of herbs and vegetables.
Pho is the National Dish of Vietnam and consists of rice, broth, noodles, herbs and meat.
Boiled Rice is the next popular delicacy and is eaten especially at dinner.
Vietnamese Street Food is extremely popular and is a must-try.
You can say the chefs in Vietnam are talented artists. The concept of the Ying and Yang is applied while preparing food with detailed attention to spices and temperature.
Sauces are extremely popular in Vietnam and they use around 30 different types of them!
Vietnam is also home to 70 different kinds of herbs.
Trade and Exports
  • Vietnam is the largest exporter and importer of cashew-nuts in the world.
  • It is cultivated in the Southern province of the Ho Chi Minh City of Vietnam.
The second largest exports of Vietnam are Coffee and Rice.
Culture and Traditions
Vietnamese culture is heavily influenced by Asian and European culture.
  • A traditional Vietnamese wedding is an extremely important ritual.
  • It is a combination of western and eastern influences.
Perfume Pagoda Festival
A very popular festival in Vietnam.
  • The festival involves prayers, dance and a boat journey across a river, through a cave.
  • It is a quite colorful site for the visitors.
Vietnam hosts an event called as the 'Love Market' festival.
However there is nothing romantic about it!
It originated from a sad story and it is a gathering for people who could not get married.
Vietnam has 50 National Musical instruments and there are rich folk songs which are sung all across the country.
Water Puppetry is another popular art form where they show the traditional scenes of Vietnamese life.
Vietnamese Clothing
According to a legend, the conical hat is worn by peasants and citizens alike. It is both a symbol of maternal love, and the history of growing rice.
  • The National costume of Vietnam is Ao Dai. It is a long gown with a long slit on both sides.
  • It is not gender specific though.
It is very popular in Vietnam and is normally worn for special occasions.
Vietnam City Facts
The Long Bien Bridge in Vietnam is built by the same person who build the Eiffel Tower, Gustav Eiffel.
The world's largest cave is located in Vietnam. Its name is Son Doong.
Vietnam is Home to 8 UNESCO Sites
  • Imperial Citadel- Thang Long, Hanoi
  • Ho Dynasty Province
  • Complex of Hue Monuments
  • Halong Bay (most visited)
  • Hoi -an ancient town
  • My Son Sanctuary
  • Phong Nha-Ke Bang Province
  • Trang Landscape complex
The Halong Bay
Best Season to visit Vietnam is March - May and September - November.