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Lacquered wooden puppets are controlled by a concealed puppeteer, and seem to dance across a waist-deep pond (or a rice field, as per the performances’ origin).
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Fact #10. It has a cave that’s even longer than the largest cave in the world In the same national park as the world’s largest cave lies Phong Nha cave, a 7.7-kilometer long cave with a subterranean river that’s nearly 14 kilometers long. Only the first 1.5 kilometers is open to visitors, but this first section alone should keep most travelers satisfied, with several grottoes, immense stalacmites, cave ponds and towering stalactites. Phong Nha is much more accessible than Son Doong – it’s one of the most popular tourist attractions in Vietnam . For an insider’s experience that gets you closer to nature, a trekking and camping trip across the national park can’t be beat.
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Inside Hang Son Doong, the world's largest caves in Vietnam
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Fact #11. Vietnam is nuts for cashews In fact, the country is the largest exporter of cashews in the world… and the largest importer of them as well. Domestic suppliers apparently can’t keep up with demand, so cashews are imported from neighboring Cambodia and various African countries. Two other significant exports are rice and coffee.
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Fact #12. The wine has extra bite Rượu rắn is a well-known Vietnamese rice wine infused with an entire snake. The drink is believed to restore vitality according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, and is generally consumed by the shot. Venomous species are preferred, though the venom is broken down by the alcohol and does not post a threat to the drinker.
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Fact #13. Good news for bears Back in July of this year, the Vietnamese government pledged to rescue 1,000 bears from bile farms and hand them over to sanctuaries. Bear bile, like snake, is an ingredient in Traditional Chinese Medicine – it contains an acid that helps treat gall bladder disease. There are herbs that are also effective, however, so with any luck, the practice of bile farming is on its way out for good. Today, ‘only’ around 1,200 bears are still caged in Vietnam, compared to 2005’s estimated 4,000. Animals Asia has a bear rescue two hours outside of Hanoi, where moon bears are rehabilitated and live a life of romping and sleeping in lush open-air enclosures.
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Fact #14. Vietnam knows how to make a drum Dong Don drums, dating back to 600 BCE, are renowned for their detailed metalwork. Cast in bronze and weighing up to 100 kilograms apiece, the drums are decorated in intricate designs – patterns, scenes of war and daily life, animals, stars and suns. They were used during festivals, weddings and various celebrations, and were symbols of tribal power, later traded and found as far afield as West Papua.
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Fact #15. Vietnam has sun year round While winter is the best time to visit for beach and island holidays, there is literally never a bad time to visit Vietnam.
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