Fantastic Facts about Vietnam you may not know

What is special about Vietnam in the eyes of foreigners? Discover 10 fantastic facts about Vietnam below to know what in this country attracts tourists!
 

Fantastic Facts about Vietnam you may not know

 
1. S-shape territory
Vietnam is among the few countries in the world which has special territorial shapes. If the territory of Italy is shaped like a boot, then the territory of Vietnam is shaped like the letter S in the alphabet, with the coastline stretching over 3000 kilometers. The stretching territory has a great impact on the weather and climate of Vietnam. The special territorial shape is the first thing that impresses visitors about this beautiful country.
 
2. A large number of motorbikes on the road
Motorbikes are the main means of transportation for 90 million Vietnamese people while that figure for cars is only 2 million. Every day, there are about 10 million motorbikes circulating throughout the roads in Vietnam. However, many motorbikes in traffic cause a lot of traffic jams in big cities, especially during peak hours. Many tourists who come to Vietnam are afraid to cross the road because most roads in Vietnam are small but the number of vehicles is too large.
 
Saigon - Mekong Delta Tour By MotorBike
 
3. Coffee Paradise
Vietnam is the second-largest coffee producer in the world, only after Brazil (16% of the world's coffee comes from Vietnam). Therefore, coffee is a certain specialty that must be tried when visiting this country. Coffee in Vietnam is very cheap, only about 1.5-2 $ for a cup, and can be found everywhere from small coffee shops to large restaurants.
 
4. The largest exporter of cashew nuts in the world
Cashew nuts are a long-term industrial tree of the mango family, originating from Northeast Brazil. Today cashew trees are grown throughout tropical climates to get the nuts for processing food. And hardly anyone knows, Vietnam - a small country in Southeast Asia is the leading country in the processing and export of cashew nuts.
 
5. Many hard-to-imagine kinds of food and drinks
The diverse characteristics of geography, culture, ethnicity, and climate have created the unique characteristics of each Vietnam region's cuisine. Each region has a characteristic taste, contributing to making Vietnamese cuisine rich and diverse. Tourists visiting Vietnam are proved to enjoy the food here because of their simplicity, sophistication, and taste. In addition, there are many unique and strange food and drinks in Vietnam making foreigners surprised such as snake wine, insect’s food, dog food, cat meat...
 
6. The most common family name is Nguyen
"Nguyen" is the most common family name of the Vietnamese, about 40% of the Vietnamese population carries this family name. However, not all of them are relatives. The Nguyen family also appears in China, but are less common. The word "Nguyen" means is the name of an ancient musical instrument. In Vietnam history, there are large families with a long history bearing the Nguyen family. Many kings of Vietnam also brought this surname.
 
7. The largest ethnic group is Kinh
Although there are 54 ethnic groups, the largest ethnic group in Vietnam is Kinh, accounting for about 85% of the total population. This ethnic group lives across 63 provinces and cities, from mountain to plain. The language of Kinh people is also the national language of Vietnam. Other ethnic groups mainly live in high mountains, have traditional costumes and private languages.
 
8. Complex language
Vietnamese is the language of Kinh people and is the official language in Vietnam, as well as the second language of ethnic minorities. Vietnamese is considered to be one of the languages of the South Asian language system with the largest number of speakers (more than other languages in the same system). Although using the Latin alphabet, Vietnamese uses diacritics to write. Vietnamese grammar is also extremely complicated. Therefore, Vietnamese is quite difficult for foreigners.
 
9. Ho Chi Minh - the superhero of all time
You may not know who the Prime Minister of Vietnam currently is but must know Ho Chi Minh (Uncle Ho or President Ho), the greatest leader in Vietnamese history. Ho Chi Minh was the one who found the way to save the country, helping Vietnamese people in the resistance against the invaders, contributing to creating an independent country like today. Uncle Ho is also a person respected by the Vietnamese people of all ages, who are preserved bodies and built mausoleum so that all generations can visit. Throughout Vietnam, there are many historical relics related to this superhero.

10. New Year is not fixed
In Vietnam, there is no exact date for the New Year celebration, because Vietnamese people welcome the new year according to the lunar calendar, not the calendar. This day is determined by the moon cycle and changes each year. Normally, the majority of Vietnamese New Year's occasions fall between late January and early February.
 
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