5 strange facts about Vietnam

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It’s fair to say that Vietnam’s notable history has been largely dominated by headlines of war and oppression. In Vietnam, they say that they were dominated by the Chinese for 1000 years, the French for 100 years and the Americans for 10 years. So it’s any wonder how they have managed to keep such strong and prevalent culture and rituals. If you’re getting geared up for a Vietnam holiday or simply want to boost your knowledge of the country, here are some of the lighter facts about Vietnam:

1. Ho Chi Minh’s body is on display

Ho Chi Minh (known affectionately as ‘Uncle Ho’) travels 8000 miles every year. This is only peculiar because he has been dead for over 40 years now. The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi is a strange and interesting place to visit on your travels in Vietnam. His body is on show for the world to see for only 9 months of the year. The Mausoleum is usually closed from September to December as Uncle Ho makes his annual journey to Moscow for ‘maintenance’ (although there are some conspiracy theories about if it is the real Hi Chi Minh). Not bad for someone whose dying wish was to be cremated…

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