Vietnam is a long, narrow-shaped country located on the far eastern edge of southeast Asia, commonly known as Indochina. Vietnam shares borders with China to the north, Laos to the west and Cambodia to the southwest.

The people are friendly, the culture is rich and the cuisine is exquisite (a blend of Thai and Chinese styles) with some dishes also having a French influence (think Bahn Mi rolls). Escape out of the exceptionally crowded cities of Ho Chi Minh (formerly Saigon) and Hanoi and that is when the real adventure happens. There are wonderous and mysterious mountainous areas throughout, dense forests and waterfalls plenty. If you would like some inspiration, see this article on 10 places-you-must-visit-in-Vietnam.

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Vietnam Facts:

  • Official Name: Socialist Republic of Vietnam
  • Capital: Hanoi
  • Population: 97 Million
  • Currency: Vietnamese Dong (VND) $1USD = 25,450 VND See Xe for current exchange rates.
  • Vietnam is the world’s second-largest coffee exporter after Brazil.
  • Vietnam has 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Tallest mountain: Mt Fansipan (3,147m)