20 Wild & Weird Facts About Vietnam You Didn’t Know

1Hang Sơn Đoòng

The largest cave in the world is Hang Sơn Đoòng in Vietnam and it's so big that it has its own river, jungle, and climate.


2Phan Thị Kim Phúc

In 2016, the iconic Vietnamese "Napalm Girl" named Phan Thị Kim Phúc received over 50 laser treatments on her "4th degree" burns that greatly reduced her pain and softened her skin after 45 years of suffering. The treatment was provided free-of-charge.


3Nguyen Cao Ty

Former Prime Minister of Vietnam Nguyen Cao Ty moved to Orange County, California after the war, where he opened and ran a liquor store.


4Nguyễn Ngọc Loan

Nguyễn Ngọc Loan, the executioner from the famous Vietnam War photo, opened a pizza joint in Virginia after the war.


5Ngo Dinh Diem

Vietnamese politician Ngo Dinh Diem won South Vietnam election in 1955. In the capital Saigon, he got 130% of the votes.


6Rice cakes

An ancient Vietnamese prince named Lang Liêu won his country's throne because he made fantastic rice cakes.


7Vietnam marriage

In Vietnam, marriage applicants must acquire a Certificate of Good Mental Health from a doctor, proving that they are "mentally sound for marriage", before being allowed to marry.


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8Re-education camps

Between 1,000,000 and 2,500,000 South Vietnamese were sent to re-education camps after the fall of Saigon.


9Agent Orange

As many as 1 million Vietnamese people are disabled or have health problems as a result of U.S. use of Agent Orange in the Vietnam War. Nearly 20 million gallons of various herbicides and defoliants were sprayed over Vietnam between 1962 and 1971 by the U.S. military.


10Girl abduction

Vietnam has a female abduction problem. Chinese one-child policy led to an imbalance as parents preferred boys over girls. There are no girls for the boys to marry and this has caused a kidnapping industry where girls are abducted from neighboring Vietnam for Chinese boys to marry or for prostitution.

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