There are many reasons for foreign tourists to be fall in love with Vietnam even when they have not travel on Vietnam tours. Discover 10 interesting facts about Vietnam in tourists’ eyes. It is sure that you will love Vietnam also and desire to have a perfect Vietnam itinerary right now. Let’s go!
1 THE SHAPE OF “S” LETTER
Our first interesting fact about Vietnam is its shape. Vietnam’s territory has a shape of a “S” letter in Southeast Asia on Indochina peninsula. Its neighbors include China to the north and Laos and Cambodia to the west. The narrowest point of Vietnam is located in Quang Binh province with only 40.3 kilometers in wide.
2 MANY MOTOBIKES EVERYWHERE
Foreign tourist say “ohhh” “ahh” when they see the crowd of motorbike sea on Vietnam road. According to the Ministry of Transport figures from 2016, of the 90+ million population, nearly 45 million were registered with a motorbike ranks the forth place in the world; and Ho Chi Minh city accounts the largest number of motorbike in whole country.
Owning a car is incredibly expensive in Vietnam that is a luxury reserved for the very wealthy. The tax for motorbikes is far cheaper, making it a more affordable means of transportation for everyday folk.
3 MEANNINGFUL NATIONAL FLAG
Our flag consists of a golden star with five points to represent workers, farmers, intellectuals, youth and soldiers. The red background pays tribute to the bloodshed during the wars. It reminds us to over 17 war years to protect our Independence from French and America during our long history. Now, our country is one of the most peaceful countries in over the world with good foreign policies and friendly people.
4 COFFEE PARADISE!
If you are reading this blog while drinking a cup of coffee, I guess that it may be come from my country. Vietnam is the world’s second largest coffee-producing nation, owning 20% of the coffee market share, after Brazil. I believe that you are checking coffee around your kitchen whether it is from Vietnam. Coffee in Vietnam is incredibly tasty, cheap, and the iced version a refreshing drink to cool you down during the warm, humid months. Do not miss tasting or buying coffee on your Vietnam tour. Besides, Vietnam is also the largest exporter of cashew and pepper, and the second largest of rice (after Thailand).
5 LEGEND OF NATIONAL PARENTS
Other countries believe in Adam and Eva who gave birth human. However, Vietnam tourists will be told our legend that we were born thanks to Lac Long Quan (Dragon Lord) and Au Co (Fairy). Nowadays, Vietnamese people still are ‘the children of the Dragon and the Fairy’.
6 AN ACTUAL KITCHEN GOD
A foreign tourist said that “Vietnam is the only country I know that has its own deity for the kitchen”. His name is Ong Tao or Ong Cong. According to legend, the kitchen god makes his appearance just on 23th Dec of Lunar New year, before Tet Holiday. During this time he rushes up to heaven by a marvelous carp to give his annual report to the God of Heaven on the activities of the family. This report determines the fate of each household in the new year.
7 THE BREAST MILK FRUIT
For foreign tourist, the breast milk fruit- Vu Sua is an interesting fact that make them giggle because of its Vietnamese name. It’s in actual fact a juicy and sweet fruit called ‘star apple’. It gets its nickname because as you peel it, a few white milky drops dribble out!
8 WHITE SKIN IS BEAUTIFUL
In the West, tanned skin is usually regarded as more ideal then pale white, hence they prefer tanning / sunbeds. It is totally opposite in Asia, particularly Vietnam. White is considered the ideal skin colour and any form of tanned skin frowned upon because it’s a sign of being a labourer working in the sun.
9 TAPING THE OTHER’S HEAD – NO!
Touching or taping the head of other people will show that you are looking down or disrespecting the older one in Vietnam. Moreover, we believe our head is a house of intelligence and soul and it need protecting. Please do not try to touch or tap other’s people even when you have good intention.
10 NGUYEN – THE MOST POPULAR FAMILY NAME
Nguyen is the most popular family name in Vietnam, used by about more than 35 million people dominating approximately 40% of all Vietnamese around the world. Nguyen ranks the 4th in the list of the world’s most common surnames