Inside Vietnam: Cambodia Laos

Vietnamese culture

There is a lot more to Vietnam and Indochina than the various wars and the French colonial era. In the six articles below we outline in a little more detail some of the fascinating history and culture of Vietnam.

Read on to learn about the rich and diverse ethnic mix of peoples, their traditions, religion, and art, not to mention the wonderful cuisine!

  • Religion


    Though Vietnam is officially secular, there are eight state sanctioned religions - of which Mahayana Buddhism is the most popular by far.

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  • People


    The population of Vietnam is an eclectic mix of cultures, languages and religions, encompassing at least 54 ethnic groups.

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  • Social conventions

    Social conventions

    From haggling etiquette to appropriate dress and table manners, this is our introduction to the culture and customs of Vietnam.

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  • History


    Though most famous in the West for the bloody events of the 1960s-70s, Vietnam is an ancient country with a rich and illustrious history.

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  • Culinary Traditions

    Culinary Traditions

    Vietnam is one of the giants of Asian cuisine, famous for its mouth-watering flavours, fresh produce, vibrant spices and local delicacies.

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  • Art & Architecture

    Art & Architecture

    Learn about Vietnam's traditional performing arts, local handicrafts, impressive colonial architecture and ancient temples.

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