Top tip: Fresh French bread twice a day
Vietnam is a long thin country sharing borders to the north with the People’s Republic of China, Laos in the West and Cambodia to the South with the South China Sea lying to the east and south. The two main agricultural areas are based round the Red River Delta in the North and Mekong Delta in the South with the remaining three quarters of the country being mountainous. The Central Highlands run down the spine of country much of which is also tropical rain forest.
Vietnam has a diverse climate due to length of the country which spans several latitudes. In the South the wet season is from May to November with short heavy downpours in the afternoon and the dry season is hot and humid. The Central Highlands are significantly cooler with the coast, which is generally hot with a sea breeze having rains from December to February. The North is typically cool from November to April with the rest of the year being hot.
Such a range of climates means it is always possible to find the sun somewhere in Vietnam!
Facts and Figures
|Area||329, 247 sq km (127,123 sq miles).|
|Population||90,549,390 (2011 estimate)|
|Capital||Hanoi – population 6,500,000 (2009)|
|Language||Vietnamese is the official language. English, French, Chinese and occasionally Russian and German are spoken.|
|Religion||Buddhist majority. There are also Taoist, Confucian, Hao Hao, Caodaist and Christian (predominantly Roman Catholic) minorities.|
|Time||GMT + 7|
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