Vietnam

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Socialist Republic of Vietnam

  • General Facts 

    • Population: 95,142,535 people
    • Capital: Hanoi; 7,600,000 people
    • Area: 127,844 square miles
    • Language: Vietnamese
    • Religion: Buddhist
    • Currency: Dong
    • Life Expectancy: 76 years old
    • GDP per Capita:U.S.  $1,9010 per year
    • Literacy Percent: 90 percent

    Other Fun Facts:

    • Vietnam people focus on humanity (nhân nghia) and harmony (hòa), with family and the community valued highly.
    • 16% of all the world's species live in Vietnam.
    • Viet cuisine has 5 fundamental taste elements: spicy (metal), sour (wood), bitter (fire), salty (water) and sweet (earth).
    • Viet food is a Chinese/Thai blend and is considered one of the healthiest cuisines in the world.
    • The body of Ho Chi Minh (Uncle Ho) was embalmed and on display in Hanoi.  NO PICTURES!!!!
    • Tet is the most important festival in Vietnam. It celebrates rebirth and is considered their New Year.
    • Water puppetry a popular art form dates to around the 11th century.

    Our Suggestions

    • The cuisine of Vietnam is varied and delicious.  Don't be afraid of street food!
    • Train from Hanoi to Saigon on the Reunification Express stopping along the way.
    • Ha Long Bay and Cat Ba Island - UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    • Coffee, coffee, coffee... Some of the best we have had in the world!
    • The New Hanoian Website.  This is a verifiable life saver if you plan to live in Hanoi.
    • People watching from a sidewalk cafe in Saigon and Hanoi is incredible!
    • Hoi An Is charming, beautiful and has great food.  Rent a bike and bike around it.
    • Stay in Vietnam for Tet (Viet New Years)!  Fireworks, parades and fun!
    • Hanoi Water Puppet Theater in the Old Quarter

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