The official language of Vietnam is Vietnamese.
In tourist areas English is widely spoken, although not by everyone, and in remote areas you may find few or even no English speakers.
Due to the colonial period, many Vietnamese, particularly the older generation, speak French.
Vietnam is actually one of the least religious countries in the world, and although there are influences of Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism in Vietnam, there is also a strong Vietnamese folk religion centered on the worship of the Mother Goddess.
Tet, the Vietnamese New Year, celebrates the beginning of spring. The dates change every year based on the lunar calendar but it usually falls sometime in January or February.
Trang Nguyen or Vu Lan is the most important festival after Tet. Offerings are made to hungry ghosts, souls who don’t have a home, and graves are cleaned to honor ancestors. The dates change but this usually happens in August.
Trung Thu is the Mid-Autumn Festival also known as Children’s Day. It is commemorated with dragon dances and lanterns are hung and carried around. Special cakes in the shape of the moon or the earth are also eaten at this time. This festival usually takes place in September or October.