Thrills of Asia
|Name: Socialist Republic of Vietnam|
|Population: 92 million|
|Currency: Vietnamese Dong (VND)|
|Time zone: UTC +7|
One frequent thing to hear is that it has not yet been subjected to the western influence that Thailand and, to an extent, Cambodia have been. The Vietnamese still tend to prefer their traditional cuisine to the fast-food chains that seem to be taking over the world. Vietnam is currently the world’s 13th most populous country and occupies 331,211 square kilometres. Today, although scarred by its past, Vietnam is a fast-growing economy helped by tourism that its interesting history and beautiful sights draw in.
Aside from the beautiful countryside of the north, rice fields and beaches, Vietnam is a country that is very much on the move. Roads are being upgraded, new hotels are opening everywhere and its cities are fastly developing.