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Things About Vietnam That You May Not Know

Updated on June 13, 2017

Vietnamese Flag

The Vietnamese flag originated in 1940 and it is the state and civil flag for the nation.
The Vietnamese flag originated in 1940 and it is the state and civil flag for the nation. | Source

Turtle Power!

Many Filipinos will wear turtle shells or have them set up in their home for good luck.
Many Filipinos will wear turtle shells or have them set up in their home for good luck. | Source

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.

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Nuts, Nuts & More Nuts

Workers in Vietnam have to work hard in order to handle the cashews and get them to customers.
Workers in Vietnam have to work hard in order to handle the cashews and get them to customers. | Source

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!

War is a shame and remnants of the war remain in the country such as these bombs.
War is a shame and remnants of the war remain in the country such as these bombs. | Source

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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View of Vietnam

The map above shows Vietnam and surrounding countries.
The map above shows Vietnam and surrounding countries. | Source

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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Bug Food

Many insects are eaten in Vietnam including worms and butterflies.
Many insects are eaten in Vietnam including worms and butterflies. | Source

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.

Splash!

The Buddha inspired water park is located in the Republic of Vietnam.
The Buddha inspired water park is located in the Republic of Vietnam. | Source

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

Ho Chi Minh was Vietnam's first ever president and he can be viewed anytime by visitors.
Ho Chi Minh was Vietnam's first ever president and he can be viewed anytime by visitors. | Source

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

Vietnamese people are in love with water puppets and lots of them on several.
Vietnamese people are in love with water puppets and lots of them on several. | Source

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.

Bat Cave!

Son Doong is the largest cavern in the entire world.
Son Doong is the largest cavern in the entire world. | Source

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.

Liquid Snake

Filipinos drink snake wine and it is very popular among the majority of the population.
Filipinos drink snake wine and it is very popular among the majority of the population. | Source

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.

A Day in the Life

Obviously in Vietnam, you gotta work hard to earn an honest days living.
Obviously in Vietnam, you gotta work hard to earn an honest days living. | Source

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      Angel Guzman 5 weeks ago from Joliet, Illinois

      Wow Vietnam is a very interesting country. I'm willing to try cats and dogs but no soup, bugs, soup, or wine for me! Lol

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