Vietnam is on the South China Sea and it is known for it's beaches, rivers, Buddhist pagodas and bustling cities. Hanoi, the capital, pays homage to the nation’s iconic Communist-era leader, Ho Chi Minh, via a huge marble mausoleum. Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) has French colonial landmarks, plus Vietnamese War history museums and the Củ Chi tunnels, used by Viet Cong soldiers.
Popular destinations: Halong Bay, Hue, Sa Pa, Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi, Hoi An.
Population: 92 million.
Currency: Vietnamese Dong. USD accepted.
Weather: Dependent on region.