Vietnam

Vietnam is a Southeast Asian country known for its beaches, rivers, Buddhist pagodas and bustling cities. 

Capital City

Hanoi

Currency

Vietnamese Dong

Total population:

97.3 million (2020)

Language(s) spoken:

Vietnamese

Cultural dos:

Cover your arms and legs when visiting temples and pagodas (Buddhist temple).

Cultural don’ts

It’s very counterintuitive, but don’t hesitate or stop suddenly when crossing the road. Just walk briskly in a straight line and the sea of motorbikes and scooters will avoid you.

Continent:

Asia

Three foods you need to try in this country:

  • Pho (Vietnamese noodle soup pronounced “fa”),
  • Nem Ram (fried spring rolls),
  • Banh Mi (baguette sandwich with meat, cheese, pickled veg, fried egg, fresh cilantro and chilli sauce),

Bonus 

  • Thit Nuong (grilled pork),
  • Bun Bo Nam Bo (slices of beef with crunchy peanuts and bean sprouts with fresh herbs and crisp dried shallots on rice noodles)
  • Goi cuon (Rice paper packed with salad greens, seafood, and a layer of coriander)

What the country is known for :

  • Ho Chi Minh City,
  • Ha Long Bay,
  • My Son Hindu temple ruins,
  • Sapa country side,
  • French colonial architecture,
  • The Vietnam War,
  • Hoi An (food heaven if you ask me)

More About Vietnam

In addition to Ho Chi Min and Hanoi, Vietnam’s much smaller and less popular towns carry a magic of their own that deserves to be explored and enjoyed. Ha Long Bay is a collection of small limestone islands scattered within the Gulf of Tonkin. The word spectacular does not do this UNESCO heritage site any justice. The scenery is best enjoyed by taking an overnight boat in order to take in the sunset and sunrise views. There are plenty of caves that visitors can enjoy during the stopovers.

Hue is a quaint town that is surrounded with relics from the Nguyen emperor’s reign in the 19th century. The Imperial Enclosure was built next to the Perfume River and its walls stretch for as long as 2kms. Housed within this area are Ngo Mon Gate, the Halls of Mandarins and the Thai Hoa Palace. Hoi An is a charming, picturesque town with bright yellow buildings that preserve the stories of this once famous merchant town. The cobbled streets lead to several curio shops, pagodas, temples and the enchanting Japanese Bridge.

English

Viatnamese

Hello

Xin chao

Goodbye

Tam biet

Please

Xin viu long

Thank you

Cam on

How much?

Bao nhieu?

Do you speak English?

Ban co noi tieng Anh khong?

Where is the toilet?

Nha ve sinh o dau vay?

May I please have some water?

Cho toi xin chut nuoc duoc khong?

I would like some food please

Lam on cho toi mot it thuc an

Where can I get a taxi?

Toi co the don taxi o dau?

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