Facts about Vietnam

The Vietnam facts will help you know and understand the city better if you are planning to go on a tour to this beautiful country. Vietnam is located in Southeast Asia and stretches 1,600 kilometers north to south, but is only about 40 kilometers (25 miles) wide at its narrowest point near the country’s center. Enlisted below are some more important Vietnam facts that will help you enjoy your trip to the country to the fullest.
The French colonized Vietnam in the second half of the nineteenth century.
85% of the Vietnamese population are Buddhist, 3% ethnic Chinese, also Khmers, Chams and members of some 60 linguistic groups
The language spoken in the country include Vietnamese, Russian, French, Chinese, English and variety of Mon-Khmer and Melayo-Polynesian local dialects
Buddhism is the primary religion of Vietnam but there are also sizeable Taoist, Confucian, Hoa Hao, Caodists, Muslim and Christian minorities
Vietnam is one of the best-watered areas in Southeast Asia and five of the main rivers flow eastward across the country. These five rivers are Mekong, Red Can, Srepok and Black.
Fan Si Pan (3,144 m) is the highest point in Vietnam.
The Mekong River is the largest river in South-East Asia and it flows through the south of Vietnam.
According to the legend the people of Vietnam are descended from Lac Long Quan (Lac Dragon Lord) and Au Co (a mountain fairy).
Hung Vuong, the eldest son of Lac Long Quan, became the first king of Lac Viet which he renamed Van Lang (an ancient name for Vietnam).
Vietnam was ruled by China for over a thousand years and independence was achieved in the 10th century.
Vietnam is the home to historic City of Hue, which is one of the ancient wonders of the world. During the Nguyen dynasty (1802-1945), Hue was the capital of Vietnam.
There are more than 10 palaces in Hue that provide some of the best remaining examples of Vietnamese architecture in Asia.
The Vietnamese film industry has been honored at film festivals and award ceremonies around the world.
Vietnam has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the Third World.

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