Here you will find links to all of the blogs I have written about Vietnam and any other sites that I have come across that may be of interest to you if you are planning on travelling there.
Other: Bạn Có Nói Tiếng Anh Không and Other Non-useful Phrases, Project Minsk, To The Hot Toc, How to not learn Vietnamese, The Day That Changed Everything, Saigon Diary: How A 50% Led to my Mental Descent
10 Interesting Facts About Vietnam
– Instead of bells, traditional gongs and drums are used to call Vietnamese children to school.
– An estimated ten million motorbikes travel on the roads of Vietnam every day.
– The most common surname in Vietnam is Nguyen and seven out of ten Vietnamese can have this either as a first or a last name.
– The Vietnamese language has six different tones. A change in tone changes the meaning of the word. This makes their language somewhat difficult to learn.
– Vietnam has one of the lowest unemployment rates compared to all other developing countries.
– Vietnam is about 8 times the size of Switzerland with a population of approx 90 million and is shaped like a narrow ‘S’
– The length of Vietnam from north to south is about 1650 km. It is roughly the distance from London to Rome in Europe, New York to Miami in the United States, or Melbourne to Brisbane in Australia.
– In 2012 it stood at 1st rank in coffee exports by exporting 14% more coffee than Brazil between January and July.
– It is the only East Asian language that uses the Latin alphabet. All other countries in this region such as Japan, Korea or China use their own alphabet.
– In a world where hardly anything is ever free, iced tea in most Vietnamese restaurants is. Some restaurants, especially in the Highlands, will also serve free hot tea.