Vietnam is one of Southeast Asia's most fascinating and alluring countries; its rich history, fragrant and flavorful cuisine, and offerings of fast-paced city life, sun-soaked coastline, and idyllic rural getaways are drawing travelers from around the globe once more.
Since having emerged from two decades of war in 1975, the country has undergone a period of rapid and far-reaching change, and today its people have their eyes fixed firmly on the horizon. Culture Smart! Vietnam is for those who want to learn about the values, sensibilities, and modern way of life of the Vietnamese. It explains deep-seated attitudes and describes some of the social, economic, and cultural changes now under way. Aimed at helping you make the most of your time abroad, it also gives practical advice on what to expect and how to behave in unfamiliar situations so you can discover for yourself the warmth and humor of this tough, resilient people.
Gifts for brides and grooms are usually given in pairs. A single item indicates that the marriage is not expected to last long. Two cheaper items will be accepted with more pleasure than one expensive one.