Vietnam and the Dali Lama

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1. Posted by the raver (First Time Poster 1 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

I am hoping to travel to Vietnam in a few years. I feel that the planning, on-line research, and reading local content builds anticipation and makes the trip so much better, even though usually all of your pre-made plans go out the windows when you are adventuring on the road.

I have a question probably best answered by someone from modern Vietnam. I know that they famously have a "tri-religion" and that Buddhist monks are respected by most all Vietnamese. My question is if the Dali Lama would be a revered figure in Vietnam or a pariah as in China? I'm asking because I have some lovely 'medallions' (non-monetary coins) from the U.S. Mint honoring the Dali Lama's quest for peace in the world. I thought they would make a wonderful gift to someone there, if I should be lucky enough to be invited into a local's home or such. However, I certainly would not want to offend the government.

Does anyone know?

Thank you

The Raver

2. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 2096 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Whether the Dali Lama is revered or reviled in Vietnam, I would be leary of giving a non-monetary coin as a gift. I think it is too apt to be misunderstood and a wrong idea would cause offense when it was corrected.