More about Vietnam
A rainy day in Hue, at the Perfume River in Vietnam.
Photo: KK nationsonline.org
The main geographic feature in the north of Vietnam is the fertile delta of the Red River
, the region where the cities of Hanoi and Hai Phong are situated. The coastal area to the east from Hanoi is famous for Halong Bay
; the bay features thousands of limestone islands and islets in various shapes and sizes.
Junks bring masses of tourists to the "New 7 Wonders of Nature". However, Ha Long Bay
is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and well worth a visit.
To the north of the Red River Delta is the mountainous Northwest region of Vietnam bordering China. Lào Cai
and Sa Pa
are two important towns and popular tourist destinations in the Hoàng Liên Son Mountains. The mountains are the location of Fansipan
(Phan Xi Păng), the highest peak in the Indochinese Peninsula at 3,143 m (10,312 ft).
In Central Vietnam, between the cities of Vinh
and Da Nang
, you will find a narrow stretch of coastal plains with the Annamite Range (Dãy Trường Sơn) on one side and the South China Sea on the other. The plains are the location of Hue
, the former seat of Vietnam's royal Nguyen Dynasty and for some times (1802-1945) the capital of Vietnam.
To the southwest of
Da Nang are Vietnam's Central Highlands
(Tây Nguyên), a series of contiguous plateaus covering central-western Vietnam, a southern portion of Laos and a corner in northeastern Cambodia.
The southern part of Vietnam is dominated by the Mekong Delta
, the "Nine Dragon river delta," where the Mekong River spreads out into an extensive delta before it empties into the South China Sea. The delta is the site of the country's largest city Ho Chi Minh City
, formerly known as Saigon.
Map shows the location of the following Vietnamese cities and towns:
An Loc, Bien Hoa, Buon Ma Thuot, Cam Ranh, Can Tho (largest city in the Mekong delta), Cao Bang, Chau Phu, Dalat, Da Nang, Dien Bien Phu, Dong Hoi, Go Cong, Ha Long (Hong Gai), Hai Duong, Hai Phong (3rd largest city in Vietnam), Hanoi (capital city), Ha Tien, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon, largest city in Vietnam), Hoi An, Hòa Da, Hue, Khanh Hung, Kon Tum, Lai Chau, Lao Cai, Long Xuyen, Muong Het, My Tho, Nam Dinh, Nha Trang, Ninh Binh, Phan Rang, Phan Thiet, Phu Cuong, Phu Lý, Phuoc Binh , Pleiku, Quang Ngai, Quang Tri, Sam Son, Tam Ky, Tan An, Tay Ninh, Thanh Hóa, Thái Bình, Thái Nguyên, Thuan Nghiep, Tri Tram, Trúc Giang, Tuy Hòa, Vinh Loi, Vinh Rach Gia, and Vung Tàu.