Việt Nam

Vietnam, in Southeast Asia, stretches 1,600 kilometers (1,000 miles) north to south, but is only about 40 kilometers (25 miles) wide at its narrowest point near the country’s center. The Red River delta lowlands in the north are separated from the huge Mekong Delta in the south by long, narrow coastal plains backed by the forested Annam highlands. Hanoi, the capital, is the main city on the Red River and Ho Chi Minh City, or Saigon, is the main city on the Mekong.  Vietnam also serves as the gateway to Cambodia for SAS voyagers.  The temples of Angkor Wat and the rich history of Phnom Phen are a perennial favorite for students.

Fast Facts

  •  Language: Vietnamese
  • Population: 92,477,857
  • Government: Nominally Marxist–Leninist single-party state
  • Currency: đồng
  • Capital: Hanoi

Things To Do in Việt Nam

  • Steadily cross the street and visit the Ben Than Market in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Crawl through the former Viet Cong tunnels in Cu Chi
  • Travel to Ha Long Bay and sleep on a river boat
  • Get a suit or dress custom tailored
  • Watch a traditional Vietnamese water puppet performance
  • Homestay in a Mekong Delta village