Fun facts about Vietnam

As far as Asian holiday destinations go, they don’t come much more distinctive than Vietnam, and that’s not just for the long shape that it makes on the map, mixing in all manner of climates. The culture, personalities and places of this fascinating and naturally beautiful realm make it a holiday destination unlike any other. In fact, it’s so different from home or any other holiday you’re used to it might feel nerve-wracking at first, but take a few of our fast facts in mind and you’ll have a headstart on all things Vietnam ahead of your break.

On your bike

Katie Melua may have famously sung that there are nine million bicycles in Beijing, but Vietnam has roughly 10 million motorbikes whizzing about its roads, both in rural communities and big cities like Hanoi.

Vietnam’s cities are bustling and larger than life, so it makes sense that local people would prefer a more nimble form of transportation. What’s more, car ownership and taxes are really expensive in Vietnam which is another reason people opt for a trusty motorbike. Perhaps surprisingly though, the wearing of helmets and safety gear was only passed into Vietnamese law comparatively recently.

Going nuts for coffee

Both black pepper and cashew nuts are enjoyed across a host of dishes worldwide, yet over a third of the entire planet’s supply can be traced right back here to Vietnam.

Rice is also a big export here, second in the world only to Thailand in terms of sheer export volume. It’s definitely a big part of the tasty dishes you can expect to enjoy here, but that’s also true of coffee. The nickname for coffee, java, is due to its history of growth in Indonesia, but these days Vietnam is among Asia’s top growers and consumers of the delicious dark delight.

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