THE 7 WONDERS OF VIETNAM
Tucked between the South China Sea and Loas, Cambodia and Thailand, sits Vietnam, a country with rich history and a vibrant, fast paced culture. Yet this iconic country has a few surprises up its sleeves, which may not be known to many. It might be famous for its pagodas, beaches and bustling cities, but there is so much more to this energetic country just waiting to be explored.
A world-class cuisine and dramatic landscapes are just some of the things that give Vietnam its distinct character, all of which can be reached in less than two hours with Vietjet’s direct flights from Singapore to Ho Chi Minh City. From Ho Chi Minh, you can easily to connect to over 30 other fascinating destinations within Vietnam, such as Phu Quoc, Da Lat and Nha Trang.
Thought you knew Vietnam? Think again! Here are seven things that you might not have known about the place which might just make you want to go see for yourself:
1. Vietnam has 37 million motorbikes, with 4 million alone in Ho Chi Minh City
Motorbikes are by far the most popular means of transport in Vietnam, and according to the Ministry of Transport for Vietnam, there are a registered 37 million of them on the roads. Out of a population of 90 million, that’s well over a third of the population on two wheels!
2. Vietnam is one of the world’s largest producers of coffee beans
Introduced to Vietnam by the French in the mid-nineteenth century, Vietnam has come to embrace the coffee culture and is well known for its traditional coffee and condensed milk. The majority of the coffee beans are grown in the central highlands of Vietnam.
3. Vietjet Air is the country’s first privately owned airline
In November 2007, Vietjet Air was granted operation approval and became the first privately owned airline in Vietnam. Since the airline’s launch in 2011 Vietjet has successfully flown well over 12million passengers on 32 domestic and international routes.
4. Vietnam is home to the world’s largest cave
Son Doong Cave, located in the middle of Vietnam, close to the Laos border, is the world’s largest cave. 5.5 miles in length and 650ft wide, Son Doong is home to jungle vegetation, water, cliffs, and its very own climate. The name translates to “mountain river cave”.
5. Almost 40% of the country shares the same surname – Nguyen
The name derives from Chinese descent and has become the most popular surname in Vietnam. Many events in Vietnamese history have contributed to the prominence of the name, but more commonly people tend to take the family name of Kings to show their respect and loyalty, and Nguyen was the name of the last ruling dynasty in Vietnam.
6. Vietnamese cuisine traditionally combines 5 fundamental taste elements
Famous throughout the world, Vietnamese cuisine is unique and exotic in its flavour. Traditionally the Vietnamese combine five key fundamental taste elements to complete their dishes and give it its well-known flavours. Spicy (metal), sour (wood), bitter (fire), salty (water) and sweet (earth).
7. Vietnam is the largest exporter of black and white pepper in the world
Vietnam is the world’s largest producer and exporter of black and white pepper and has exported 111,395 tons of pepper so far this year. Globally, Vietnam makes up for a third of the world’s production of the product.
Vietjet currently flies twice daily from Changi International Airport to Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Ho Chi Minh City. Flights depart to Ho Chi Minh City from Changi International Airport at 1.05pm and 6.00pm (local time). Flights return from Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Ho Chi Minh City at 8.55am and 1.55pm (local time).
Boasting a new and modern fleet, Vietjet features fast and easy check-in services, high quality onboard services and has recently partnered with Lotteria Vietnam to provide greater choices to its in-flight meal offering.
If you fancy adding a little more style to your trip, then be sure to check out Vietjet’s newly launched class of travel – SkyBoss. With SkyBoss, you can sit back, relax and enjoy premium services including priority check in, complimentary 20kg check-in baggage allowance, priority seat selection, airport lounge access, inflight meals, extra leg room and the flexibility to change flight dates and timings.