Vietnam is a beautiful country in Asia and borders China, Cambodia and Laos. The entire east-coast borders the South-Chinese Sea. More than 90 million people live in Vietnam. When you think of Vietnam, you might think about the Vietnam war from 1957 until 1975. The communist North-Vietnam (supported by Russia and China) fought South-Vietnam (supported by the United States). The beauty of nature with the green rice fields, the mountains and beaches, the cultural treasures and the charm of the people are the highlights of Vietnam! What are fun facts about Vietnam?
I’ve got 19 fun facts about Vietnam!
1. Vietnam is the biggest exporter of cashew nuts in the world and the second largest exporter of rice.
2. Instead of clocks, traditional gongs are used to indicate that Vietnamese children have to go to school.
3. Despite Vietnam being a developing nation, the percentage of literate people is 94%.
4. Under all developing countries, Vietnam has one of the lowest percentages of unemployment.
5. Every day, around ten million motorbikes drive the roads of Vietnam.
6. The most common name in Vietnam is Nguyen.
7. The Vietnamese language has six different tones. A change of tone, changes the meaning of a word which makes the language a difficult one to learn.
8. The name of the country was originally written as two separate words: Viet Nam.
9. The culture is a complex mix of Chinese, Japanese, French and American influences.
10. The body of their first president Ho Chi Minh is embalmed and can be seen in a mausoleum.
11. The flag is made up out of a golden star with 5 points for farmers, employees, intellectuals, youth and soldiers. The red background tributes the spilling of blood during the wars.
12. Tet Nguyen Dan (or just Tet) is the most important festival in Vietnam. It celebrates the rebirth and can be compared to the Chinese New Year.
13. Vietnamese traditional fashion is easily distinguished by the flowing robes (Ao Dai) and conical hats (Non La).
14. Water puppetry is another popular art form that dates back as far as the 11th century.
15. Vietnam is also home to the world’s largest cave, Son Doong.
16. The Vietnamese cuisine is well known for its balance of the five Asian elements; spicy, sour, bitter, salty and sweet.
17. The principle of yin and yang is also applied in composing a meal, to provide contrasts in spiciness and temperature of the food.
18. Tiet Canh is a traditional Vietnamese dish made from fresh animal blood.
19. Vietnam’s street food culture is very popular and considered by many to be one of the best in the world.
These are my fun facts about Vietnam! Do you have more fun facts about Vietnam?
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