Skip to main content

Tyler: Home

Vietnam

Vietnam

Vietnam

Setting

Vietnam is a Southeast Asian country on the South China Sea known for its beaches, rivers, Buddhist pagodas and bustling cities. Hanoi, the capital, pays homage to the nation’s iconic Communist-era leader, Ho Chi Minh, via a huge marble mausoleum. Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) has French colonial landmarks, plus Vietnamese War history museums and the Củ Chi tunnels, used by Viet Cong soldiers.

Flag

Image result for vietnam flag

The star symbolizes the five groups of workers in the building of socialism (intellectuals, peasants, soldiers, workers and youths), and the red background symbolizes bloodshed, and the revolutionary struggle.                                  

Hà Nội

Ha Noi

Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is known for its centuries-old architecture and a rich culture with Southeast Asian, Chinese and French influences. At its heart is the chaotic Old Quarter, where the narrow streets are roughly arranged by trade. There are many little temples, including Bach Ma, honoring a legendary horse, plus Đồng Xuân Market, selling household goods and street food.

Ho Chi Minh City

Related image

 

Ho Chi Minh City (commonly known as Saigon) is a city in southern Vietnam famous for the pivotal role it played in the Vietnam War. It's also known for its French colonial landmarks, including Notre-Dame Cathedral, made entirely of materials imported from France, and the 19th-century Central Post Office. Food stalls line the city’s streets, especially around bustling Bến Thành Market.

Hoi An

Image result for Hội An Vietnam

 

Hội An is a city on Vietnam’s central coast known for its well-preserved Ancient Town, cut through with canals. The former port city’s melting-pot history is reflected in its architecture, a mix of eras and styles from wooden Chinese shophouses and temples to colorful French colonial buildings, ornate Vietnamese tube houses and the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge with its pagoda.

Enntertainment

Museums

FITO Museum

Traditional Vietnamese medicine is the focus of this eclectic museum with a replica pharmacy. Open every day from 8:30a.m. to 5:00p.m. in Hồ Chí Minh.

Fito Museum

War Remnants Museum

This is a war museum containing exhibits relating to the Vietnam war and the first Indochina War involving the French colonialists. Open every day from 7:30a.m. to 6:00p.m. in Hồ Chí Minh.

Image result for war remnants museum vietnam

Vietnamese Women's Museum

This museum is dedicated to Vietnamese women and focuses on the contribution of women to Vietnam's history and culture. Open every day from 8:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. in Ha Noi.

Image result for vietnamese women's museum

National Anthem


Verse 1
Soldiers of Vietnam, we go forward,
With the one will to save our Fatherland
Our hurried steps are sounding on the long and arduous road
Our flag, red with the blood of victory, bears the spirit of our country
The distant rumbling of the guns mingles with our marching song.
The path to glory passes over the bodies of our foes.
Overcoming all hardships, together we build our resistance bases.
Ceaselessly for the people's cause we struggle,
Hastening to the battle field!
Forward! All together advancing!
Our Vietnam is strong eternal.
Verse 2
Soldiers of Vietnam, we go forward,
The gold star of our flag in the wind
Leading our people, our native land, out of misery and suffering
Let us join our efforts in the fight for the building of a new life.
Let us stand up and break our chains.
For too long have we swallowed our hatred
Let us keep ready for all sacrifices and our life will be radiant.
Ceaselessly for the people's cause we struggle,
Hastening to the battlefield!
Forward! All together advancing!
Our Vietnam is strong eternal.

Food

Related image

Pho

Pho is the most popular food in Vietnam. Pho is made of rice noodles, herbs, and meat - either beef or chicken. Vietnamese people really like their noodles - they eat them almost every day, sometimes in every meal! Pho is served everywhere - from high end restaurants to the street market - and is Vietnam's national dish.

Image result for com tam

Cơm tấm

Cơm tấm is a Vietnamese dish made from rice with fractured rice grains. It is usually served with pork that is either ribs or shredded.

Image result for spring rolls vietnamese

Gỏi cuốn

Gỏi cuốn, Vietnamese spring roll or summer roll, is a Vietnamese dish traditionally consisting of pork, prawn, vegetables, bún, and other ingredients wrapped in Vietnamese bánh tráng.

Climate

Northern Vietnam

Hanoi and North Vietnam has a distinct winter and summer season. The cool but mostly dry winter lasts from November to April when temperatures average 17-22°C with the coldest months being January - March.
Summer lasts from May to October when it is hot and humid and the region experiences its highest rainfall. July to September are often the most wet months of the year.

Southern  Vitenam

With temperatures remaining constant year round, the climate of the south is split into two simple seasons, wet and dry. The dry season begins in November and ends in April/early May with late February to May being slightly hotter and more humid. The wet season lasts from May until early November with the months from June, July & August receiving the highest rainfall of the year. Throughout much of the wet season rainfall is generally heavy but short lasting, often occurring in a mid-afternoon heavy downpour.
The average temperatures in the south range between 25 - 35°C year round.
In the far south, the islands of Phu Quoc and Con Dao can be enjoyed year-round, with high chances of sunny days, although if visiting outside dry season, afternoon downpours should be expected.

Theatres

Hoi An Traditional Art Performance Theatre

Traditional art activities performed by professional dancers, musicians and choreographers which play an important role in preserving local cultural values. Open every day at 5:30p.m. in Hoi An.

Image result for hoi an traditional art performance house

Ha Noi Drama Theatre

The Hanoi Drama Theater has produced 100 plays including short plays, comedies, and folk plays. But plays about political and social issues are the bread and butter of the Theatre.

Hanoi Drama Theater - ảnh 1

 

Land

vietnam-1.gif

There are flat deltas in the north and south, central highlands, and mountainous areas in the northwest.Vietnam is a country of tropical lowlands, hills, and densely forested highlands, with level land covering no more than 20% of the area.

The Red River delta is fronted by hills that rise gently into the high mountains of the northwest; the Annam Highlands cover much of the central landscape, and in the southern areas, the coastal lowlands and Mekong River Delta merge.
A fertile and narrow coastal lowland extends south from the Red River Delta to the Mekong Delta.
The Mekong Delta is a low-level plain, one inundated by hundreds of small rivers and canals. Thick jungles and mangrove swamps cover the far-southern areas of land. 
The Red River (Song Hong), and the Mekong are the most significant rivers; both have numerous tributaries, and the latter is certainly among the great rivers of the world. 
Vietnam's highest point is Fan Si Pan whose summit reaches 10,315 ft. (3,144 m); the lowest point is the South China Sea at 0m.

Languages

Vietnamese is the most popular language spoken in Vietnam. It is a modified version of Chinese and is spoken by about 75 000 000 people out of the total of 95 000 000. Other languages spoken in Vietnam are: Mường, Cham, Khmer, Chinese, Nùng and H'Mông​. The most popular foreign language spoken is French, but Russian, German, Czech, Polish and English are spoken by a small population.

Transportation

Historic Sites and Landmarks

#1 of Tourist Attractions In Vietnam

Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay features thousands of limestone karsts and isles in various shapes and sizes. The top tourist attraction in Vietnam, Ha Long Bay features thousands of islands, each topped with thick jungle vegetation, forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars. Several of the islands are hollow, with enormous caves, others islands include lakes and some support floating villages of fishermen. The limestone in this bay has gone through 500 million years of formation in different conditions and environments. The evolution of the karst in this bay has taken 20 million years under the impact of the tropical wet climate. Ha Long Bay is home to 14 endemic floral species and 60 endemic faunal species. Historical research surveys have shown the presence of prehistoric human beings in this area tens of thousands years ago.

Thien Mu Pagoda

Thien Mu Pagoda

With seven stories, the Thien Mu Pagoda in Hue is the tallest pagoda in Vietnam. The pagoda overlooks the Perfume River and is regarded as the unofficial symbol of the former imperial capital. The temple was built in 1601 during the rule of the Nguyễn Lords.

Sa Pa Terraces

Sa Pa

Sa Pa is a town in northwest Vietnam not far from the Chinese border. Rice terraces can be found in the Muong Hoa valley between Sa Pa town and the Fansipan Mountain, on a backdrop of thick bamboo woodlands. Local mountain people, the Hmong, Giay, Dao, Tay, and Giay, grow rice and corn on these paddy terraces, along with vegetables.

Image result for vietnam war memorial hanoi

Vietnam War Memorial

Built in 1993, the Memorial commemorates men and women who have sacrificed themselves to protect national independence and freedom.

Outdoor Activities and Sports

Soccer, badminton and martial arts are very popular in Vietnam. Also, surfing and kayaking/canoeing and scuba are very popular since the country is on the coast. 

Image result for sports in vietnam