Vietnam

Astonishingly exotic and utterly compelling, Vietnam is a country of breathtaking natural beauty with a unique heritage, where travel quickly becomes addictive. Since the bloody war ended, Vietnam has changed itself so much over within a short span of time. This resilient nation is beckon of hope. The days when Vietnam was best known for its conflict with America are long gone, now the country is known for its beaches, plodded rice terraces, bustling cities, Buddhist pagoda and floating markets on the Mekong River. From the temples of Hanoi and the island of Halong Bay to the beaches of Nha Trang and the places of Hue Vietnam is country imprinted in the travel psyche.

Many visitors find a vast number of places to visit that intrigue and excite them in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and the other major centres; but despite the cities’ allure, it’s the country’s striking landscape that most impresses. To the north and south of its narrow waist, it fantails out into the splendid deltas of the Red River and the Mekong, and it’s in these regions that you’ll encounter the paddy fields, dragonflies, buffaloes and conical-hatted farmers that constitute the classic image of Vietnam.

Basic Information

Official Name: Socialist Republic of Vietnam
Capital City: Hanoi

Currency

The unit of currency in Vietnam is Vietnamese dong

Boundaries

Vietnam lies within the tropics and is principally agricultural with a central tropical rainforest. The ‘S’-shaped country shares borders to the north with the People’s Republic of China and to the west with Laos and Cambodia. The eastern and southern shores are lapped by the South China Sea and the Pacific Ocean.

Languages

The official language of Vietnam is Vietnamese

Climate

Because of its geography, the climate in Vietnam varies greatly from north to south with three distinct climatic zones. Tropical monsoons occur from October to April in the center and from May to September in the north and south. It is almost totally dry throughout the rest of the year. It can get exceptionally hot, however, all year round, but the north has a cooler time between October and April. Temperatures around the country can reach up to 40C in the height of the hot and rainy season (May to September), but the northern highlands and Hanoi can often seem chilly and damp in the winter.

Major Religions

About 45.3% of the Vietnamese adhere to indigenous religions, 16.4% to Buddhism, 8.2% to Christianity, 0.4% to other faiths, and 29.6% of the population isn’t religious.

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