Vietnam is a vibrant Asian country located on the Indo-Chinese peninsula it has a tropical climate. Vietnam has a wealth of beaches, rivers and bustling cities full of Buddest Pagodas it makes for a interesting cultural destination. The capital, Hanoi is influenced by the nation’s former Communist-era and its leader, Ho Chi Minh. 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 during the Vietnam war.
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Vietnam was heavily influenced by Chinese culture in terms of politics, government, Confucian social and moral ethics, and art. Vietnam is considered to be part of the East Asian cultural sphere. Following independence from China in the 10th century, Vietnam began a southward expansion. Some elements generally considered to be characteristic of Vietnamese culture include ancestor veneration. Important symbols present in Vietnamese culture include dragons, turtles, lotuses and bamboo.
Vietnam in the northern regions has a humid subtropical climate, However, because of differences in latitude and the marked variety of topographical relief, the climate tends to vary considerably from place to place. During the winter or dry season, extending roughly from November to April, the monsoon winds usually blow from the northeast along the China coast and across the Gulf of Tonkin, picking up considerable moisture; consequently the winter season in most parts of the country is dry only by comparison with the rainy or summer season. During the southwesterly summer monsoon, occurring from May to October, the heated air of the Gobi Desert rises, far to the north, inducing moist air to flow inland from the sea and deposit heavy rainfall. The climate in the southern regions especially Ho Chi Minh City and surrounding Mekong Delta is predominantly Tropical savanna climate with high humidity and a distinct wet and dry season.
Annual rainfall is substantial in all regions and torrential in some. Nearly 90 percent of the precipitation occurs during the summer. The average annual temperature is generally higher in the plains than in the mountains and plateaus. Temperatures range from a low of 5 °C (41 °F) in December and January, the coolest months, to more than 37 °C (98.6 °F) in August, the hottest month.
More people world-wide are enjoying Vietnamese dishes the main components of which are rice, noodles, fresh vegetables and herbs – all of which make Vietnamese food some of the healthiest in the world. Many dishes include noodles and they are a staple ingredient to which other basics of rice and beans are added. Dishes are flavoured either with Soy or Fish sauce depending on whereabouts in the country you are, Soy being favoured in the north of the region given its proximity to China. Other ingredients include coconut milk, limes, lemon grass, tamarind and sugar to which a variety of vegetables are added. Stir-frying using a wok and chopsticks is a common method of cookery. Vietnamese people will usually offer Green tea as a courtesy refreshment to visitors. Local beers, Saigon Export and Saigon Lager are widely available as are a number of imported beers and locally produced rice & tropical fruit wines. Drinking water needs to be purchased in sealed branded bottles.