The Country Shaped Like the Letter S!

Did you know that some Vietnamese citizens believe in ghosts? If you want to know more interesting facts about this country, keep reading!

Vietnam is located in the Southeastern part of Asia, and it borders the Gulf of Thailand, Gulf of Tonkin, and the South China Sea. The neighboring countries are China, Laos, and Cambodia. Vietnam’s capital is Hanoi; the official language of this country is Khmer which is the same language spoken by Cambodian natives. Other languages spoken throughout the country are Chinese, Cham (Vietnamese language), and other languages by native tribes in the mountain regions of this country.

Vietnam has 54 different ethnic groups, and amongst these ones, the most popular one is known as Kinh people. They occupy the area of Red River with its famous Red River civilizations. Other groups usually occupy some areas near the mountains. Each tribe or group has its own belief and cuisine; for instance, the culture of Cham is known to be the earliest Vietnamese culture. In each tribe, everyone is united and often spend their time together. Each tribe is important and different, therefore if you ever go to Vietnam, you should definitely plan a visit to meet a few natives tribes if possible!

If you have been to Vietnam already you might know the following fact; Vietnamese people are free of religions. You might know this as a lot of tourist destinations are structures and buildings from different religions: Mariamman Hindu Temple, Notre Dame Cathedral in Ho Chi Minh City, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature in Hanoi, representing the religions of Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduisms, Islam. This can be a way to think that these people are somewhat connected and are respectful to each other even though they might not believe in the same beliefs.

Vietnamese cuisine is divided into 3 segments; north, central and south. The main food for the citizens of this country is rice, so if you are a rice lover, don’t worry about rice because you can find it almost everywhere in Vietnam! The cuisine varies amongst regions, some dishes are spicier, sweeter, and even sourer according to the region and the special flavors added into these dishes. One well-known noodles soup that tourists usually adore, is Pho Pho, and it consists of rice noodles, meat (usually beef) and you can add vegetables and lemon to increase the flavor based on your likings. If you have never tasted this, trust me it’s really good!

There are two large traditional festivals that are celebrated in Vietnam: Tet holidays and Hung King Commemoration Day. The first one is known as the Lunar New Year celebrated on the 5th of February, and the second celebration occurs from the 8th to the 11th of the third lunar month. It is celebrated to commemorate Hung Kings who were the founders and first emperors of this country. Now, as I read through some of the sources, I figured that some facts were very startling. Here are some: Vietnamese believe that trust is a long process, they believe in ghosts, and they don’t like outsiders to criticize their country.

Now that you have learned about Vietnam and its culture, do you want to go there and get all the experience for yourself?


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