Lotus is national flower of Vietnam
Population: About 92 million
Capital of Vietnam: Hanoi
Other major cities: Ho Chi Minh City (largest city), Da Nang, Hai Phong, Can Tho, Bien Hoa
Neighbouring countries: China, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar.
Geography: Vietnam is a long, narrow S-shaped country on the eastern Indo-China Peninsula. Most of its landscape is mountainous and densely forested. The country is generally divided into four different geographic regions: the highlands and Red River Delta in the north, the Chaine Annamitique central mountains, the coastal lowlands and the Mekong River Delta in the south.
Political system: Socialist single-party state
Major religions: Mainly is Buddhism. Vietnam is one of the least religious countries in the world.
Main languages: Vietnamese (official), Chinese (north), some English and French (tourist areas and cities)
Time: GMT +7
Electricity: 220 volts, 50 Hz. Vietnam use two flat-pin or two round-pin types of plugs. There are not many three-pin plugs.
Money: The Vietnam Dông (VND) is the official currency. The US Dollar (USD) is often used for large amounts. And the credit cards are accepted in major centres but mostly they using cash
International dialling code: +84.
Emergency numbers: 113 (police), 115 (ambulance), 114 (fire). Emergency services are extremely limited in rural areas.
Internet domain: .vn
Transport and driving: Cars drive on the right. Motorbikes and bicycles are two of the most popular modes of transport among the locals. Expats often find driving to be risky in Vietnam. So they avoid driving their own vehicle, especially in the bigger cities, where it’s possible to get around quite easily with public transport. Grab bike is very useful here.