Welcome to a world where the colours are more vivid, where the landscapes are bolder, the coastline more dramatic, where the history is more compelling, where the tastes are more divine, where life is lived in the fast lane. This world is Vietnam, the latest Asian dragon to awake from its slumber. Nature has blessed Vietnam with a bountiful harvest of soaring mountains, a killer coastline and radiant rice fields, Vietnam is a cracker. Inland, peasant women in conical hats still tend to their fields, children ride buffalos along country paths and minority people scratch out a living from impossible gradients. Vietnam is a nation of determined optimists who have weathered war after war, survived colonialism and communism, and are now getting to grips with the wheeler-dealer world of capitalism. Fiercely protective of their independence and sovereignty, the Vietnamese are graciously welcoming of foreigners who come as guests not conquerors. Don't believe the hype. Or the propagandist party billboards that are as common as statues of Uncle Ho. Believe your senses, as you discover one of the most enriching, enlivening and exotic countries on earth. Vietnam has it all. Go expecting the unexpected, be ready for an adventure as much as a holiday, and Vietnam will deliver.
Socialist Republic of Vietnam
One-party Communist Republic
329.560 km² km²
83.536.000 inhabitants people.
85% of the population are Vietnamese, and then follows them a minority of Chinese and the rest is up to sixty ethnic groups living in villages as muongs, Thais, Khmer or Cham
The official language is Vietnamese
Most of the population is Buddhists. The rest practice a variety of religions, Taoists, Catholics, Animists, Hoa Hao, Caodaists or Islamists.