Vietnam

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General Information

Vietnam, officially the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, is the easternmost country on the Indochinese Peninsula. The country is a strip of land shaped like the letter “S”, divided into 63 provinces and cities. China borders it to the north, Laos and Cambodia to the west, the East Sea to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the east and south.

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Geography

Vietnam is approximately 330,000 km² in area, makuing it almost the size of Germany. The distance from the extreme north to the far south is 4,600 km and the Vietnamese coastline (without islands) is 3,400 km.

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Climate

Because of its geography, the climate in Vietnam varies greatly from north to south. Tropical monsoons occur from May to October in the north and south and from September to January in the centre. It is almost totally dry throughout the rest of the year.

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Food & Drink

Vietnamese cuisine is among the region’s finest, bearing some similarities to Thai food but is generally less spicy and with more delicate flavours. A large variety of local delicacies can be sampled in restaurants or at street food stalls but, as always, pay attention to the cleanliness of any street restaurant you may like to eat from. The French colonial influence is evident in the baguettes and pastries which are popular throughout the country, and western food is easy to find in most touristy

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Shopping

There are many great shopping opportunities throughout Vietnam, and some fantastic souvenirs can be bought. Handicrafts, artworks Chinese-style lanterns and textiles are among the most popular souvenirs, and Vietnam is also well known for its abundance high quality and affordable tailor shops. The central coastal town Hoi An, for example, has dozens to choose from and many people find it hard to resist the urge to get a suit or two made.

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Vietnamese Language

Vietnamese is a tonal language; the meaning of a word depends on how high or low your voice is. Vietnamese is not related to Chinese, though it contains many loan words from Chinese due to centuries of Chinese rule in Vietnam, and even used Chinese-like characters as its writing system, called "ch? Nôm", until Vietnam was colonised by the French.

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Festivals and Events in Vietnam

The following is a summary of the major events and festivals during Vietnam’s calendar year. These events are often spectacular occasions and can be great fun for tourists to visit, but they do also often result in hotels and becoming fully booked and some businesses close during these occasions, so these dates are worth bearing in mind when planning any holiday in Vietnam.

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