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Why Vietnam

Getting to know Vietnam

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GeographyVietnam map

Vietnam occupies the eastern and southern part of the Indochinese peninsula in Southeast Asia, with the South China Sea along its entire coast. China is to the north and Laos and Cambodia are to the west. Long and narrow on a north-south axis, Vietnam is about twice the size of Arizona. The Mekong River delta lies in the south.

From the capital Hanoi in the north down to Ho Chi Minh City in the south it will take approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes to fly or 1,710kms driving 29 hours along the country’s coast line.

 

 

Golf Regions by Distance

Vietnam

Hanoi to Da Nang

by Airapprox. 1hour 15 minutes
by Roadapprox. 15 hour (917 kms.)

Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang

by Airapprox. 1hour 15 minutes
by Roadapprox. 15 hour 47 minute (854 kms.)

Ho Chi Minh City to Dalat

by Airapprox. 50 minutes
by Roadapprox. 6 hour (279 kms.)

Ho Chi Minh City to Ho Tram

by Roadapprox. 75 minutes (110 kms.)

Ho Chi Minh City to Phan Thiet

by Roadapprox. 4 hours 20 minutes (212 kms.)

Asia

Siem Reap, Cambodia to Ho Chi Minh City

by Airapprox. 1hour

Bangkok, Thailand to Ho Chi Minh City

by Airapprox. 1hour 30 minutes

Phuket, Thailand to Hanoi

by Airapprox. 4 hour 30 minutes

Current Information

President: Truong Tan Sang (since 2011)
Prime Minister: Nguyen Tan Dung (2006)
Population (2014 est.): 93,421,835 (growth rate: 1%)

  • Birth Rate: 16.26/1000
  • Infant Mortality Rate: 18.99/1000
  • Life Expectancy: 72.91
  • Density per Sq.mi.: 703

Land area: 125,622 sq mi (325,361 sq km) total area: 127,244 sq mi (329,560 sq km)
Capital: Hanoi, 7.1 million (metro. area), 2.955 million (city proper)
Largest cities:

  • Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), 8,190,775
  • Haiphong 925,000
  • Da Nang 834,000

Monetary unit: Dong
Languages:

  • Vietnamese (official)
  • English (increasingly favored as a second language)
  • some French
  • Chinese
  • Khmer
  • mountain area languages (Mon-Khmer and Malayo-Polynesian)

Ethnicity/race:

  • Kinh (Viet) 85.7%
  • Tay 1.9%
  • Thai 1.8%
  • Muong 1.5%
  • Khmer 1.5%
  • Mong 1.2%
  • Nung 1.1%
  • others 5.3% (1999 census)

Religions:

  • Buddhist 9%,
  • Catholic 7%
  • Hoa Hao 2%
  • Cao Dai 1%
  • Protestant, Islam, none 81%

Transportation:

  • Railways: total: 2,632 km (2008)
  • Highways: total: 206,633 km
  • Paved: 148,338 km
  • Unpaved: 47,130 km (2013 est.)
  • Waterways: 47,130 km (30,831 km weight under 50 tons) (2013)
  • Ports and harbors: Cam Ranh, Da Nang, Haiphong, Ho Chi Minh City, Ha Long, Quy Nhon, Nha Trang, Vinh, Vung Tau
  • Airports: 45 (2013)