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All you need to know about Vietnam

Vietnam is the first country in South Asia that we have traveled to since we settled semi-permanently in Thailand. We enjoy a week long visit, split in two between the cities of Danang & Hoi An. We really wanted a taste of Vietnamese culture and we found just that at some awesome spots, including the Hoi An Lantern Festival, Hoi An Memories and Marble Mountain. Stay tuned as we bring you the best of our time here and as much information (we hope) as you need to plan your stay in Vietnam.

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Here are a few facts about Vietnam that may surprise you!

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โœ“ In Chinese, 'Viet' means 'people outside China' and 'Nam' means south. While we use them both combined today, they were also separate words in ancient Vietnamese. 'Viet' actually referred to fairies and dragons, and as such many people in Vietnam believe they have descended from these mythical creatures.

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โœ“ Vietnam is known as the 'King of Cashews', given they produce a staggering 55% of the world's supply, to the tune of a cool $2 billion per year. 30% of the world's supply of black pepper also comes from Vietnam and the country is the second largest exporter of coffee behind Brazil.

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โœ“ New Year's is celebrated on the same day as the Chinese New Year in Vietnam. It is known as 'Tet' and is one of the most popular festivals in South Asia.

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โœ“ People in Vietnam really like motorcycles. In fact, there are over 60 million in the country, with 2 out of every 3 households owning one. In comparison there are just 2 million cars!

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โœ“ Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam's very first president, can be viewed at his mausoleum in Hanoi. Since his death in 1969, he was embalmed and is on display from January to September every year. 

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โœ“ Snake Wine is a hugely popular drink in Vietnam said to have many health benefits, although most claims are unproven. It is usually made by drowning the snake alive and we are yet to try it. Would you?

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โœ“ The largest cave in the world, Hang Son Doong, is in the Quแบฃng Bình Province of Vietnam. It stretches for almost 6 miles and it is said that it is so big inside that a Boeing 747 could fly right through it!

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โœ“ The star on the Vietnamese flag represents the five main classes in society: intellectuals, farmers, workers, youth and military personnel. The red background represents the blood lost during the years of conflict in the country.  

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