Here are some interesting Vietnam Facts which were chosen and researched by kids especially for kids.
Vietnam is located in southeastern Asia. A flight from London/UK takes roughly 12 hours and from New York/USA a flight takes about 20 hours as there are currently no direct non-stop flights between the USA and Vietnam.
Vietnam is situated on the Indochinese peninsula and borders Cambodia, China and Laos. The capital city of Vietnam is Hanoi and the biggest city is Ho Chi Minh City in the south.
Vietnam has a coastline of about 3,444 km/2,140 miles length - not counting in the many islands!
Vietnam is roughly the size of New Mexico/USA and about half as big as France.
Vietnam has many forested regions and rolling hills. High mountain peaks can be found in the northern parts of the country. The highest point of Vietnam is Fan Si Pan, also called Phan Xi Pang and nicknamed 'Roof of Indochina'. The mountain is 3,143 m/10,312 ft. high.
More Vietnam Geo Facts: The country is very narrow and long. It stretches over 1,650 km/1,025 miles from north to south.
Due to the shape, Vietnam has different climatic zones. The temperatures are generally higher in the southern parts than in the country's north.
Pho Quoc is the largest Vietnamese island and located in the Gulf of Thailand. The island is closer to the Cambodian coast than to the Vietnamese southern coastline.
The main agricultural products are rice, coffee, tea, pepper as well as soybeans, cashews, peanuts and rubber.
The main trading partners of Vietnam are China, Japan, South Korea and the USA. Exports from Vietnam include clothes, shoes, electronics, seafood, crude oil and rice. The main imports include machinery and equipment and raw materials for their manufacturing industries.
The port of Ho Chi Minh City is one of the biggest container ports in South East Asia.
Hanoi is Vietnam's capital city. It is situated in the country's North. The buzzing city is Vietnam's major trading centre for centuries and it is fascinating to discover the historic past of the city.
In the city's Old Quarter the streets are still named after the goods and wares that were once crafted and traded here, such as Hang Be Street - the street of the bamboo crafters, Hang Dao Street - the silk weaver street and Hang Tung Street, where once barrels were skilfully made.
And there the fascinating historic cities too! Hue and Hoi An are surely a must visit when in the central region of Vietnam.
Nearby Van Don International Airport opened in December 2018 and now it is much easier to reach this popular tourist attraction. The bay is home to about 2,000 residents while already over 10 million tourists visit Hạ Long Bay every year!
Only 36% of the population live in urban areas of the country. The majority of the people live in the Red River Delta in the north of the country and in the Mekong Delta and Ho Chi Minh City in the south.
The biggest city of the country is Ho Chi Minh City, formerly called Saigon, where more than eight million people live. Da Nang, Hai Phong, Can Tho and the capital city Hanoi are big cities with more than one million inhabitants.
Interesting Fact about Vietnam: There are about 45 million motorbikes registered in Vietnam!
Vietnam is one of the most densely populated countries, but large areas of the country are still very rural and consist of arable land, rice fields and forests.
More than 40% of the Vietnamese people work still in the agricultural sector. The people in rural areas lead a simple life. More than 8% of the population are very poor and live below the poverty line.
In Vietnam, the government recognises 54 ethnic groups. The vast majority (85%) of people belong to the Viet people. The biggest minority group are the Thai and Khmer people.
In Vietnam, military service is compulsory for young men. The up to two-year-long national service in the country's army or navy is compulsory for all young Vietnamese men over 18 years and voluntary for young women over 18 years.
Vietnamese people celebrate the new year twice! The New Year celebration are on 1 January as most countries do. But they also celebrate the Vietnamese Lunar New Year which is celebrated in February each year.
The Vietnamese Lunar New Year is called Tet. This is the main cultural festival in Vietnam. 2019 is celebrated as the year of the pig. Read more about zodiac signs here.
People in Vietnam will wear their traditional costumes and celebrate new year as their main cultural festival. Then they visit the temples and give presents to family and friends.
Vietnamese towns are decorated with lots of flowers during Vietnamese Lunar New Year. Popular flowers are peach and apricot blossoms, chrysanthemums and pansies.
Many dishes in Vietnam consist of rice and vegetables as well as fish, seafood, chicken or beef.
Soy sauce as well as fish sauce or shrimp sauce and rice products are the most common ingredients in Vietnamese dishes. Here are some typical Vietnamese dishes:
Vietnam is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. There are over 840 bird species and more than 310 mammal species recorded in Vietnam, some of these can only be found in this country. The Saola, an antelope species, was only discovered quite recently and is considered one of the rarest large mammals in the world.
The Red Shanked Douc are native to Vietnam and also critically endangered. These monkeys are among the most colourful primate species. Doucs eat and sleep in trees.
Did you know that Vietnam is listed among the 20 most beautiful countries to visit in 2019 by the The Rough Guide?
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