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Country Info: Vietnam

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  • Full name:
    Socialist Republic of Vietnam
  • Population:
    89 million (UN, 2011)
  • Capital:
    Hanoi
  • Largest city:
    Ho Chi Minh City
  • Area:
    329,247 sq km (127,123 sq miles)
  • Major language:
    Vietnamese
  • Major religion:
    Buddhism
  • Life expectancy:
    73 years (men), 77 years (women) (UN)
  • Monetary unit:
    1 dong
  • Main exports:
    Petroleum, rice, coffee, clothing, fish
  • GNI per capita:
    US $1,260 (World Bank, 2011)
  • Internet domain:
    .vn
  • International dialling code:
    +84


TOP 3 CUISINES

Pho

A noodle soup with a rich, clear broth made from a long boiling of meat and spices. There are many varieties of pho made with different meats (most commonly beef or chicken) along with beef meatballs.

Banh Cuon

Rice flour rolls stuffed with ground pork, prawns, and wood ear mushroom. They are eaten in a variety of ways with many side dishes, including one out of many kinds of sausage.

Bun Rieu

A noodle sou made of thin rice noodles and topped with crab and shrimp paste, served in a tomato-based broth and garnished with bean sprouts, prawn paste, herb leaves, water spinach, and chunks of tomato.

TOP 3 PLACES

Ha Long Bay

A popular travel destination located in Quang Ninh province, Vietnam. The bay features thousands of limestone karsts and isles in various sizes and shapes.

Hoi An

Hoi An Ancient Town is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site.

Nha Trang

Well known for its beaches and scuba diving and has developed into a popular destination for international tourists, attracting large numbers of backpackers, as well as more affluent travellers on the Southeast Asia circuit; it is already very popular with Vietnamese tourists, with Nha Trang Bay widely considered as among the world's most beautiful bays.

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