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Life in Vietnamese Countrysides

The Vietnamese countrysides have always played an essential role in economic development and preserving traditions and culture. In Vietnam, wherever you visit, regardless of region, you always find the precious values passed down and maintained by many generations.

People in Vietnamese Countrysides

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Over 60% of the Vietnamese population lives in rural areas, but as there is more land than in urban areas, Vietnamese countryside life is quieter, with a slow and no hurried pace. Some young people leave their hometowns to live and study in the big cities, then return to their hometowns to marry and settle down. Others decide to find work in big cities, save a small budget, and then move back and enjoy old age in the countryside. Thus, the urbanization rate in these areas is not high, but the living standard of people here is still guaranteed.

Traditional Customs in Vietnamese Countrysides

The countryside is the place where traditional customs hold a whole meaning. Rural people spend a lot of time gathering with each other in a cozy atmosphere. They always cook traditional dishes for the day using fresh ingredients. No matter how busy they are, they always chat with their family and have dinner to tell each other about their day. Besides the rapid modernization in urban areas, Vietnam is proud to have these valuable values maintained.

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On special events such as the Tet holiday or death memorial, the atmosphere gets even warmer thanks to family moments and traditional customs. Together, they do everything, from preparing the offerings trays to cleaning and decorating the house. These occasions are also opportunities for the young to return home after a long time working and studying elsewhere. They also reflect the Vietnamese spiritual life, especially in rural areas.

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How People in Vietnamese Countrysides Make Their Living

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Most households in the Vietnamese countryside either cultivate plants like rice and vegetables or raise livestock. Each produce is harvested in different seasons, so people usually combine many agricultural activities to make more income. For those who live near rivers and seas, fishing is the primary method to make a living. Also, there are a large number of people who live by traditional crafts, such as knitting, boatbuilding, and pottery.

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As tourism has developed recently, some rural areas have attracted tourists by introducing and guiding visitors to observe the traditional handicraft-making process while promoting their extraordinary cuisine. With the demand from local-experience travelers, homestay, a business organized mainly by the locals, is constantly developing. These are the ways to promote Vietnam tourism to the world and simultaneously bring more income to the locals in these rural areas.

Transportation in Vietnamese Countrysides

Most of Vietnam’s rural areas do not have an airport, so the main ways of accessing these places from big cities are by train, bus, or motorbike. Because of the rapid development of highways and infrastructure, you can save more time to travel to the countryside. However, some roads led to parts of the rural area, especially houses of locals, are still not well-constructed. You may need to transport by motorbike, bicycle, or even on foot.

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People in rural areas travel mainly by motorbikes, and in some Southwestern provinces, many families own a small motorboat to navigate the Mekong Delta’s waterfront. Meanwhile, in the Northwest, people mostly enjoy walking because the hilly terrain makes it difficult to move by vehicle. Most of the countryside in Vietnam does not have a public transit system like the bus and taxis in the cities. But one of the advantages of living here is that you do not have to waste your time stuck in traffic jams, unlike all the noise, mass people, and vehicles in the big cities.

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Utilities and Necessities in Vietnamese Countrysides

According to the General Statistics Office of Vietnam, in 2016, about 98% of families had access to national electricity, and 90% had access to clean water in rural areas. With the improvement of the infrastructure in the Vietnamese countryside, there are fewer connection problems and more telecommunication services like telephone and Internet. You can go to the province’s center to shop at the markets for most groceries and at shops for electronics and clothing. Life in rural areas in Vietnam is getting more and more convenient for people.

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There is still some notice about medical care and emergency help in Vietnamese rural areas. Most hospitals and health services are in the center of the provinces. If it is your first time coming to the countryside of Vietnam, it is advisable to have a guide accompanying you to help you get around and communicate with the locals at these places because they may not be able to speak English.

Pollution and Safety in Vietnamese Countrysides

The pollution level in rural Vietnam is also a problem because most people do not know how to handle waste correctly. However, they are less polluted by exhaust fumes and noises. Almost everyone grows vegetables and cattle on their land, so you can easily find your organic food source.

There are not as many reported crimes of robbery and theft in rural areas as in big cities. Still, it is not redundant to always be mindful of your belongings, especially valuable ones, and avoid going to remote areas alone.

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Summary of Life in the Vietnamese Countrysides

Vietnamese rural areas are where all the traditions and customs that unite people are still valued and often practiced. These lands and people are always genuine, simple, and friendly. For travelers, visiting a rural area is an authentic experience to understand the Vietnamese lifestyle. For the locals, the countryside is a place to remind them to value and preserve their ancestry culture.

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