DISCOVER LIFE IN VIETNAM, ITS CUSTOMS, TRADITIONS, CULTURE.
DISCOVER LIFE IN VIETNAM
One of the first things to know when traveling to a new country is the functioning of its society: its culture, its traditions, or its history. In Vietnam, as in neighboring countries, tradition coexists perfectly with modernity. What will distinguish it from other countries is the more pronounced importance given to the recent history of the country, with the victory of the socialist revolution in the Vietnam War, and how it deeply marked Vietnamese society .
LIFE IN VIETNAM: CUSTOMS OF VIETNAMESE SOCIETY
Vietnamese society remains very rural and carries traditional family values such as respect for the family, parents and more generally the elders, or even love and devotion for the little ones. Although it was rather the elderly who experienced the horrors of the Vietnam War, the latter also forged the character of all Vietnamese, proud to belong to a country which fought bravely and won against all the military powers against which he fought (France, USA, China).
But Vietnam is also a young country which wishes to live and adapt to new societal changes. Vietnam is a country which attaches great importance to education and there is a large number of academics, which reinforces year after year this dynamic of modernization of the country.
SOME RULES TO KNOW ABOUT LIFE IN VIETNAM
Here are some basic rules to follow when traveling to Vietnam, some of which are common to all Buddhist countries:
- We take off our shoes to enter a temple, someone’s house, and many stores.
- There are certain rules to follow when you want to visit a temple: you cannot enter without a shirt or at least a t-shirt, and for women, wear pants or better a sarong that covers the ankles.
- We don’t touch the heads of newborns.
- We greet each other without contact, hug or kisses.
- Speak in a low and respectful tone. raising your voice and speaking with your hands is a signal of nervousness, and will be taken as disrespect.
- Never point your finger at an argument. The Vietnamese would interpret it as an offense.
- If you are traveling as a couple, avoid showing your affection in public.
- If you are invited to eat, wait until you are served, and serve yourself as much as you can! It is a sign of respect for the family and the cook you honor.
- In rural areas and more particularly if you are from an ethnic group, be even more respectful.
- Before taking a photo, always ask for permission, especially when you want to photograph children. You will still be surprised how delighted people will be to have your picture taken with you.
- Don’t be surprised if you are asked for a part after taking your photo.
- Don’t speak badly of the government or the socialist system. More than for the legal problems you may have, it is primarily because people are very proud of the achievements of the communist revolution. Above all, avoid criticizing the system with the elderly, who have lived through the war and all that it means.
CONTINUE TO ORGANIZE YOUR STAY IN VIETNAM
Need other advice to organize your stay? Consult all our “practical information” articles on the Vietnam travel budget , on Visas and eVisa , the climate and weather , festivals and holidays or how to book your train tickets in Vietnam.
We hope that these tips will help you avoid making mistakes and help you enjoy your trip by getting a little more familiar with life in Vietnam.