Vietnam

Overview

Although many westerners still imagine Vietnam through the lens of war, it is in reality a tropical paradise of charming people, heavenly beaches, brilliant green rice paddies and lush emerald rainforest's. Over three decades have passed since Vietnam was officially united, and in that time it has done a remarkable job of healing its wounds. The Vietnam War has long since been forgotten, and the people are exceedingly warm and hospitable in this nominally communist country which is an absolute delight to visit. Today, this gracious and graceful country is an outstanding travel destination.


Full name

Socialist Republic of Vietnam

Land area

329,566 sq. km

Population

85 Million

Capital City

Hanoi

People

85% Vietnamese, 3% ethnic Chinese, also Khmers, Chams (remnant of the once-great Indianised Champa Kingdom) and members of some 60 etholinguistic groups

Languages

Vietnamese, Russian, French, Chinese, English and variety of Mon-Khmer and Melayo-Polynesian local dialects

Religion

Buddhism is the principal religion but there are also sizeable Taoist, Confucian, Hoa Hao, Caodists, Muslim and Christian minorities

Government

Communist People’s Republic

Climate

Tropical in south; monsoonal in north with hot, rainy season (May to September) and warm, dry season (October to March)

Currency

Vietnamese dong (VND)

Time Zone

GMT +7

Dialing Code

84

Electricity

220V 50HzHz



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