Vietnam is a Southeast Asian country on the South China Sea known for its beaches, rivers, Buddhist pagodas and bustling cities. Hanoi, the capital, pays homage to the nation’s iconic Communist-era leader, Ho Chi Minh, via a huge marble mausoleum. Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) has French colonial landmarks, plus Vietnamese War history museums and the Củ Chi tunnels, used by Viet Cong soldiers.

Vietnam stats

Capital Hanoi (Ha Noi)
Government Type communist state
Currency VND
Population 95,261,021
Total Area 127,880 Square Miles
331,210 Square Kilometers
Location Southeastern Asia, bordering the Gulf of Thailand, Gulf of Tonkin, and South China Sea, as well as China, Laos, and Cambodia

Fun Facts

The country’s name was originally spelled as two words, Viet Nam.
Their culture is a complex adaptation of Chinese, Japanese, French and American colonial influences.
The body of their first president Ho Chi Minh (Uncle Ho) was embalmed, and is on display in a mausoleum.
Their flag consists of a golden star with five points to represent farmers, workers, intellectuals, youth and soldiers. The red background pays tribute to the bloodshed during the wars.