Vietnam Guide - All about Vietnam
In 111 B.C., Vietnam fell under Chinese rule and remained colonized for over a thousand years. This period significantly influenced Vietnamese society, shaping its values, norms, and moral compass.
During the 1800s, the French began their colonization of Vietnam, introducing Western education, religion (including Christianity), and economic development, such as exporting tobacco, indigo, tea, and coffee.
After an uprising by nationalists in August 1945, Vietnam declared The Proclamation of Independence of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam on September 2nd, 1945. However, the French sought to regain control and initiated an eight-year war. Despite gaining independence after World War II, Vietnam was still under French rule until the Northern Vietnamese soldiers forced the surrender of the South Vietnamese government, which was supported by the US, on April 30, 1975. This marked a turning point in history as the North and the South united to form the Vietnam we know today.
Top places to visit in Vietnam
Vietnamese society embraces 37 religious organizations, including Buddhism, Catholicism, Protestantism, Muslim, Caodaism, and Hoa Hao Buddhism. Ancestor worship is also common.
Festivals in Vietnam showcase its rich history and art. Tet holiday features rituals, fireworks, and temple visits, while the Mid-Autumn Festival includes lanterns, lion dances, and moon cakes. Highland areas offer more adventurous festivals.
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Conversely, the South has two main seasons: rainy and dry. For a sunny trip, plan your visit between April to September.
The middle area, known for its beautiful long beaches, faces storms during the rainy season. Travelers should be cautious and plan their trips accordingly.
Xe Om: A motorbike taxi offering an authentic Vietnamese experience. Many Xe Om are available around tourist areas, but remember to negotiate the price before hopping on. Alternatively, you can book a Grab bike for a transparent cost and clear pick-up/drop-off locations.
Taxi: Reputable nationwide companies like SM green electric taxi, Vinasun and Mai Linh offer taxi services. They also have user-friendly applications for convenient pick-up and drop-off points. The fares are comparable to booking a Grab car.
- Buses and trains connect Hanoi with other provinces.
- For private car rentals for tours or work, Autour Asia is a reliable option.
- Experience the various transportation options in Hanoi to explore the city and beyond with ease!
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