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Things About Vietnam That You May Not Know
Vietnamese Have Tortoise Shells For Good Luck
The Vietnamese people believe in luck and a turtle shell is said to bring good luck. The Tortoise is known in Asia as a symbol showing good luck to those who keep a shell near. Technically a tortoise shell is rounded more and a turtle has a shell that is pretty much flat. Most folks wear the shell like a necklace or bracelet while some hang it on the wall in the bedrooms.
Nuts, Nuts & More Nuts
Vietnam is the Largest Exporter of Cashew Nuts in the World
Vietnam makes a big portion of their income from exporting cashew nuts to other countries. The country exports several million tons of cashews to countries across the globe and it makes the country tons of cash in the process. The country supplies jobs for this purpose to a large swath of the population and the government reaps the real benefits.
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Watch Your Step!
Vietnam Has Over 800,000 Tons of Bombs That Are Still Live
Vietnam and the United States foolishly went to war and hidden bombs from the conflict still remain. Many bombs are duds while many other cluster bombs have killed more than 40 thousand innocent Vietnamese people. Maimed residents show the scars of stepping on landmines, in their backyards! War is senseless and this proves the point because women and children are dying 50 years after the war ended because of these bombs.
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Vietnamese Dine on Cats and Dogs
Vietnam carries out a controversial eating practice which is that the country loves to dine on cats and dogs. Some places just add some animal meat to the other food for the flavor while many restaurants choose to sell cats and dogs as main dishes and they are like hamburgers are to Americans, very common. These are not poor or homeless people eating canines to survive either. The rich dine on these animals like they are a delicacy.
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Vietnam Parties Consists of Worms, butterfly and Cricket Snacks
Vietnam is known for some strange eating habits especially when it comes to munching on insects. Many insects and flies are eaten in the country but one of the oddest and, apparently, most popular is the Coconut Larvae Worm. The Vietnamese eat these worms live and dip them into chili sauce.
Side Note: In Vietnam the most famous soup bowl is made up of a main ingredient of blood mixtures.
Vietnam Has a Water Theme Park Featuring Buddhism
Vietnam has several theme parks including a water park based on religion or to be more specific, Buddha. It has water slides and even a humongous roller coaster but the theme everywhere you look is Buddha and temples and other symbols representing Buddha are scattered around these mesmerizing place. You do not have a petting zoo at this amusement park but rather you actually can go alligator fishing.
Forever on Display
Vietnam's First President is Embalmed and On Public Display
You can see the first ever president of Vietnam anytime since he is embalmed and situated for everyone to be able to see and visit. Ho Chi Minh is in a mausoleum in Hanoi and he passed away at age 79 in 1969 from a heart attack. It sounds a bit strange to keep your body on permanent display after death but several countries have done it.
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Dolls in the Water
Vietnam Adopted Water Puppetry in the 11th Century
Water Puppetry is a big deal in the Philippines and everyone takes it serious and treats it as far more than just a hobby. All the puppets are made of wood and puppeteers use a rod underneath the water to control the show for the audience. A large orchestra is going strong during water puppetry performances. The puppets appear to move across the top of the water without going under at all when the puppeteer has skills and experience.
Son Doong is the Largest Cave in the World
Son Doong is the largest cave on the planet. It is a beautiful scene from entry till exit. Caves are all over central Vietnam but one cave stands alone. The cavern is at Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park and just to enter the cave it stretches over 3 miles long. The Son Doong is 490 feet wide and nearly 700 feet tall. In Alabama we have a huge cave called Desoto Caverns and it pails in comparison to this beast.
Vietnamese Drink Snake Wine
Snake wine is a big deal in Vietnam. The snakes are kept whole and then infused in rice grain. Poisonous snakes are used and the idea is to get the venom to dissolve into the liquid alcohol. Many people in the country believe it has medicinal uses.
Also, snake blood wine is made by pouring the snake's blood directly into your drinking glass with your liquor and pouring it up. In case you are wondering, the snake venom is inactive once it mixes with ethanol.
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