Travel to Vietnam:
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The capital of Vietnam is Hanoi.
a Map of Vietnam.
The flag of Vietnam is red with a large yellow five-pointed star
in the centre .
The conquest of Vietnam, by France, began in 1858 and was
completed by 1884. It became part of French Indochina in 1887.
Vietnam declared independence after World War II, but France continued
to rule until its 1954 defeat by Communist forces under Ho Chi Minh.
Under the Geneva Accords of 1954, Vietnam was divided into the
Communist North and anti-Communist South. US economic and military aid to South Vietnam
grew through the 1960s in an attempt to bolster the government, but US armed forces were
withdrawn following a cease-fire agreement in 1973.
Two years later, North Vietnamese forces overran the South reuniting
the country under Communist rule.
Despite the return of peace, for over a decade the country experienced
little economic growth because of conservative leadership policies. However, since the
enactment of Vietnam's 'doi moi' (renovation) policy in 1986, Vietnamese authorities have
committed to increased economic liberalisation and enacted structural reforms needed to
modernise the economy and to produce more competitive, export-driven industries.
The country continues to experience protests from various groups -
such as the Protestant Montagnard ethnic minority population of the Central Highlands and
the Hoa Hao Buddhists in southern Vietnam over religious persecution. Montagnard
grievances also include the loss of land to Vietnamese settlers.
South-eastern Asia - bordering
the Gulf of Thailand, Gulf of Tonkin, and South China Sea; alongside China, Laos, and Cambodia.
(tinh, singular and plural)
An Giang; Bac Giang; Bac Kan; Bac Lieu; Bac Ninh; Ba Ria-Vung Tau; Ben
Tre; Binh Dinh; Binh Duong; Binh Phuoc; Binh Thuan; Ca Mau; Cao Bang; Dac Lak; Dac Nong;
Dien Bien; Dong Nai; Dong Thap; Gia Lai; Ha Giang; Ha Nam; Ha Tay; Ha Tinh; Hai Duong; Hau
Giang; Hoa Binh; Hung Yen; Khanh Hoa; Kien Giang; Kon Tum; Lai Chau; Lam Dong; Lang Son;
Lao Cai; Long An; Nam Dinh; Nghe An; Ninh Binh; Ninh Thuan; Phu Tho; Phu Yen; Quang Binh;
Quang Nam; Quang Ngai; Quang Ninh; Quang Tri; Soc Trang; Son La; Tay Ninh; Thai Binh; Thai
Nguyen; Thanh Hoa; Thua Thien-Hue; Tien Giang; Tra Vinh; Tuyen Quang; Vinh Long; Vinh
Phuc; Yen Bai.
(thanh pho, singular and plural)
Can Tho; Da Nang; Hai Phong; Ha Noi; Ho Chi Minh.
2nd September, 1945 (from France).
Independence Day: 2nd September.
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