“Bargain hunters, Sharukh Khan & Amir Khan” Some of the things that the Vietnamese think of Indians. See the rest in this video!

Atharva Marcom, the PR agency – loves understanding different cultures. And though we may visit countries all over the world, our interaction is usually limited to the tourist spots and shopping.

In these videos, we go deep into the local population to truelly understand – what local Vietnamese think of India. Because good public relations or PR comes from good understanding of cultures!


Vietnam , officially the Socialist Republic of Vietnam , is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula. With an estimated 94.6 million inhabitants as of 2016, it is the 15th most populous country in the world. Vietnam is bordered by China to the north, Laos and Cambodia to the west, part of Thailand to the southwest, and the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia across the South China Sea to the east and southeast.[n 3] Its capital city has been Hanoi since the reunification of North and South Vietnam in 1976, while its most populous city is Ho Chi Minh City.

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Vietnamese admire India for being so:

  • Unique

Think about it, which other country in the world could be so naturally rich as to be its own sub-continent, containing not one but two huge rivers, which have also fed life into a country of 1.3 Billion people today, and countless others in the past? Even other great civilisations like Egypt only had one big river. India has two!

Ganga:

Indus:

  • Historical prowess

India was certainly very relevant in Southeast Asia in our past. And she will continue to be so in the future. As India becomes more powerful, she will go on to reconnect with her lost ‘sisters’ in Southeast Asia.

The “Indo-sphere”:

Greater India:

Her Eastern sisters:


Ridiculously beautiful people.
Women still wear traditional luxurious clothes as if it’s 100 years ago (looking very beautiful though)
Bollywood movies (mostly Aamir Khan), very good but the singing/dancing still feels a little awkward
Very spicy food.
Very crowded.
You guys seem to sing and dance every day and it’s so cool.
Problems with gender equality and income gap are quite serious. Hope it gets better.

Hạnh-Minh Nguyễn
  • Culturally rich

5000, 10,000 years of history, culture and grandeur still survive even to this day it appears. Nothing can stop India’s glories!

“PS. India’s Emblem is really cool and is a sign of your unique art, creativity and sculpturing abilities:”

India’s Emblem is really cool and is a sign of your unique art, creativity and sculpturing abilities:

Say Vietnamese People
  • Diversity

We can appreciate the incredible religious, ethnic diversities of India. A dream, heavenly place whereby multiple races and peoples and live together in peace. A place where tolerance is the norm and Indian Democracy and freedom reigns supreme.

There are 3 religions here and they are all in peace:

Islam, Hinduism and Cricket!!!

“Furthermore, being colonised ourselvesby the French, we can sympathise with India’s plight. Her once mighty, peaceful presence on the world stage being symbolically insulted with the advent of British Colonisation. Certainly we Vietnamese understand your annoyance here, as our “Golden Age” was also crushed when the Frenchmen came to ‘examine’ our natural treasures.

Personally, I would also like to see Vietnam and India become better partners regarding our relations, there is much to work on, as long as the number of Vietnamese seeing India in a good light is below 100%:” : A Vietnamese Said


Vietnamese people are also aware that India culture is rich and powerful, we learnt a bit about India history, Tagore and India epic stories in high school. Champa, an ancient kingdom in Central and South Vietnam, is an Indianised kingdom. Below is a picture of its relics:

Due to the worldwide famous movie “Slumdog Millionaire”, Vietnamese people believe that India on the overall is underdeveloped. The news that make the headline about India does not help either: rapes, arranged marriages, selective abortions, etc.
At the same time, movies like “Three Idiots” makes Vietnamese believe Indians are very smart and funny.
Politically, India and China are often at odds, so Vietnamese like India better. Its expansion is views as being more peaceful than that of China. Vietnamese also believe that India will not support China in South China Sea disputes (which is good for Vietnam).
But right now China is best known in Vietnam right now for the Balika Vadhu (known in Vietnam as Cô dâu 8 tuổi, 8 year old bride). It is tooo long with tooo dramatic shots. Middle aged and old people like this movie but young people like to parody its close-up shot.

Le Hoang Anh

Then maybe we could become allies, maybe even friends and perhaps one day we will be brothers!

Minh Tuyet
Currently performing on Paris By Night, Minh is a pop singer and known in popular culture as the Vietnamese Pop Princess.

She’s one of the best-selling Vietnamese artists and is exclusive with the production company Thuy Nga Productions. She’s recorded 20 solo albums, 9 duet albums, 3 mix albums and has appeared on 9 DVDs.

Regarding work and opportunities, many Vietnamese are in fact keen on working with Indian people. India has lots of Economic potnetial, and is set to become a superpower after 2060, that’s why we want to be allies, since we are long term thinkers, and realise India’s untapped potential to be a strong country. This is evident with her large and ready labour force:

The Vietnamese feel : “As we are both rapidly developing nations, there is so much knowledge that we could be exchanging, such an exchange would only be beneficial for our two nations.”

Balika Vadhu, and its star Avika Gor is very popular in Vietnam!


As a Vietnamese who met quite a lot of Indian, i would like to answer you as below. However please note that not all of them are exactly the same as what i will describe
indian usually move their heads when talking
They like curry
They have some sort of smell
Their skins arw dark
Their hair is curly
They are friendly
They have high population
They can speak English well
Their English is hard to understand
Ladies have a red dot in forehead (don’t know what it is called)
They have beard

Hugh Nguyen, Vietnam

Also, Bollywood is becoming quite popular in Vietnam: Indian teenage actress Avika Gor visits Vietnam

Dont forget yoga: Yoga gains immense popularity in Vietnam, especially among women – The Economic Times

Indian series are becoming popular in Vietnam: In Vietnam, the Soap Operas Are Diplomats

Here Vietnam proposed a statue of Ho Chi Minh to be built to celebrate India-Vietnam ties: Vietnam’s fresh appeal for former PM Ho Chi Minh’s statue in Delhi – The Economic Times

In terms of the film industry, both countries are promoting each other, showing our growing friendship: India, Vietnam working on ties to promote film shooting – Times of India

Vietnam and India can be strong partners for the future. All it would take is better communication!