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

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%.

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”

Ha Noi

WHEN TO VISIT Hanoi has 4 seasons: Spring: Feb to Apr – getting warmer, prone to rainy periods Summer: May to August – hot, humid with periods of high rainfall Autumn: Sept to Oct –...

Sapa

The region is home to 8 ethnic minorities: H’mong, Dao, Tay, Gia, Muong, Thai, Hoa and Xa Pho. Travel to Sapa from Hanoi by overnight train to Lao Cai and then by road to Sapa town or...

Ha Long

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...

Ho Chi Minh City

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...

Con Dao Island

And it remained a prison colony until the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. Old prison buildings exist as a small museum tracing the island’s history. The Con Dao group of 16 islands is on...

Da Lat

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 306km north east of Saigon and 1,049km south of...

Phu Quoc Island

Phu Quoc Island is a Vietnamese island off the Cambodian coast and 50km from the Vietnamese mainland. PLACES OF INTEREST AND ACTIVITIES Phu Quoc National Park. More than half of the island...

Nha Trang

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 dry season Dry season:...

Da Nang

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 beaches and resorts. It is...

Hue

 It is located on the banks of the Perfume River, which flows through many beautiful areas. Best time to visit is October to March when the temperatures are comfortable. July and August is...

Hoi An

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 Vietnamese, Chinese, French...

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