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About Vietnam
About Vietnam

About Vietnam

The Socialist Republic of Vietnam, shaped like an S, is located on the east side of the Indochinese peninsula and ranks as the 14th most populous country in the world

Population: 92.7m (2016)
Official language: Vietnamese
Currency: VND (Vietnamese Dong)
Capital: Hanoi
Largest City: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
Total length: 1,650km north to south
Coastline: 3,260km long
Inland border: 4,510km
Bordered by: China along the northern border, Cambodia and Laos western border, South China sea along the eastern coast and Pacific Ocean to the east and south
Motto: Độc lập – Tự do – Hạnh phúc which means “Independence – Freedom – Happiness”

For more than 1,000 years the north part of Vietnam was part of china. In AD939 an independent Vietnamese state was created. The foundation of the Vietnamese culture was formed through 2 major cultures – Chinese and Indian. And in 1802 we given the name Viet Nam. The country was colonized by the French from the mid-19th century to 1954 which influenced all aspects of life. After the Vietnam war North and South Vietnam were unified in 1976.

Vietnam is split into 63 provinces and cities; geographically three quarters of the country consists of mountainous terrain. Along the coast are many beaches including Lang Co, Nha Trang, Tau, Ha Tien. Major ports include Hai Phong, Da Nang, Qui Nhon and Cam Ranh.

The country is blessed with many incredible national parks including Ca Ba, Cat Tien, Bach Ma, Cuc Phuong and Phong Nha-Ke Bang national, home to Son Doong cave – the biggest cave in the world.

Population is made up of 54 ethnic groups which have their own languages and identity. The Kinh (Viet) make up 90%

Hoi An

Introduction Hoi An ancient town once a major 16th century SE Asian trading port, is a melting pot of history, culture and architecture. The preserved old town, declared a World Heritage Site in 1999 is hugely popular with visitors to Quang Nam province. Architecturally the town embodies a blend of...

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Hue

Introduction Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hue city was the former imperial capital of Vietnam and under the Nguyen Dynasty, from 1802-1945, it was the political, cultural and religious center of the country. It is located on the banks of the Perfume River, which flows through many be...

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Da Nang

Introduction Da Nang City is one of Vietnam’s major international gateways, the largest city in central Vietnam and a major port.  The city originates from the Champa kingdom which was established in 192 AD. Now it is Vietnam’s 3rd largest city by population plus with a wonderful stretch of be...

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Nha Trang

INTRODUCTION Nha Trang is a coastal town well known for its 4km stretch beaches and coastal scenery. It has 19 large and small islands. It is the capital of Khanh Hoa Province and is about 450km north of Saigon and 1,200km south of Hanoi. WHEN TO VISIT Nha Trang has a tropical climate with a long...

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Phu Quoc Island

INTRODUCTION Phu Quoc Island is a Vietnamese island off the Cambodian coast and 50km from the Vietnamese mainland. It is famous for its white sandy beaches, forest areas and Phu Quoc National Park. It is 45km west of Ha Tien in the far south of Vietnam. The northern part of the island is currently ...

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Da Lat

INTRODUCTION Da Lat is a hillside town which is a popular retreat for both Vietnamese and international visitors. It is capital of Lam Dong province. It is nicknamed Le Petit Paris and even has a mini Eiffel Tower replica. It is 1,500m above sea level and a great cool and refreshing climate. It i...

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Con Dao Island

INTRODUCTION The Con Dao group of 16 islands is on the south east coast of Vietnam. It is a 1 hr plane ride from Ho Chi Minh City. The island group is immensely beautiful famed for its forests, beaches coral reefs and marine life. Turtles breed along the shores of Bảy Cạnh Island. Con Son is th...

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Ho Chi Minh City

INTRODUCTION Ho Chi Minh City is still commonly known as Saigon. It is Vietnam’s largest city and was the former capital of the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) before the country was unified in 1976 after the Vietnam War. The city is made up of 12 administrative districts and is the country...

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Ha Long

INTRODUCTION Ha long is in north east Vietnam on the Gulf of Tonkin in Quang Ninh Province. The capita is Halong City and the area is most famous for Ha Long bay (which means descending dragon) which was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1994. Ha Long Bay is famous for the limestone kar...

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Sapa

INTRODUCTION Sapa is a stunning hill station town in the north west Hoang Lien Son mountain range near the China border. It is 1,500km above sea level and, among other things, is famous for its amazing rice terraces. The region is home to 8 ethnic minorities: H'mong, Dao, Tay, Gia, Muong, Thai, ...

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Ha Noi

INTRODUCTION Hanoi is the Capital of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the country’s second largest city by population. It is located in the Red River Delta It is the center of politics, culture and economy It is often nicknamed the Paris of the East or Paris of the Orient WHEN TO VISIT ...

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