Vietnam is officially known as the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and is a communist-ruled country. Though an authoritarian state, the country welcomes visitors from around the world. While urban Vietnam is bustling with activities and new buildings, rural Vietnam is dotted with rice fields and laid-back villages that seem to be lost in time. Vietnam is a fascinating country to explore and most of all its people are friendly to visitors.

Vietnam travel guide
Guide and information to Vietnam's popular travel destinations including getting in and around, attractions, things to do and eating out.

Country Guide
Vietnam is a fascinating country offering its culture, history, nature, beaches and cuisine.
>> Vietnam country guide

The capital of Vietnam and the second largest city, situated in the country's northern region.
>> Hanoi guide

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
Vietnam's largest city and was once the capital of the former Republic of (South) Vietnam.
>> Ho Chi Minh City guide

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Vietnam travel articles
Travel articles on Vietnam including destinations, tourism, guide and activities by various authors.

Vietnam - The Old Quarter in Hanoi
Judth Schwanke

How to Plan Your Next Vietnam Travel Tour
Brad Ruoho

Ho Chi Minh City Vacation Travel Guide
Ramon Van Meer

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Vietnam in Brief

331,210 sq km
128,565 sq miles

The northern region is mostly highlands while the southern region comprises of the coastal lowland, a mountain range and extensive forests.

Population (2011)
87.8 million


Communist state with the President as Chief of State and Prime Minister (appointed by the President) as Head of Government.

Unicameral National Assembly elected by popular vote - representatives are members of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) or non-party delegates approved by the CPV.

Ethnic Groups
Kinh (Viet): 86%
Tay: 2%
Thai: 2%
Others: 10%

Vietnamese (official and widely spoken), English (favoured as a second language), Khmer, Chinese, French and several mountain languages.

Buddhist: 8%
Christians: 8%
Cao Dai: 3%
Others: <1%
None: 81%

GDP (2011 in PPP)
Total: $303.8 billion
Per capita: $3,400
Growth: 5.9%

Major Industries
Agriculture (rice, coffee, rubber, sugar cane, peanuts, cashew nuts, soybean), food processing, shoes, textile, mining, oil & gas, steel, cement, chemicals and fertilisers.

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