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CLIMATE Vietnam starts in the north at 23° 20′ and its southernmost tip lies at 8° 33′. Consequently, the climate differs markedly depending on which part of the country you are in. The south is tropical, remaining hot all year. Ho Chi Minh City receives approximately 1,900 mm of rain a year, mostly in the wet season that stretches from ... Read More »

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The Central Highlands The narrow strip of central Vietnam has the Truong Son mountain range (formerly called the Annamite Cordillera) running in a north- south direction and providing the physical barrier between Vietnam and Laos. High plateaus squeeze most of the population onto the thin coastal strip of central Vietnam, but the highlands have rich volcanic soil and are valuable ... Read More »

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The Coastal Strip The narrow coastal strip that heads north from Ho Chi Minh City is dotted with many tiny fishing villages and the occasional larger town. This region tends to be quite dry and agriculture is poor, unless there are rivers allowing irrigation through the dry season. The people turn to the sea for their livelihood and fish, prawns, ... Read More »

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Vung Tau Vung Tau lies 128 km away on the delta of the Saigon River and was known previously by its French name of Cap Saint Jacques, it was the place where American soldiers enjoyed their rest and recreation (R&R) breaks. To the latest set of foreign visitors, however, it is known as a new oil frontier town. It remains ... Read More »

VIETNAM – THE COUNTRY

The land and sea that form the country of Vietnam have played an integral role in the development of its people. A land border is shared with China, Laos and Cambodia and this central position in East Asia has shaped the country ’ s war-torn history. Tropical forests, mangrove swamps, fertile plains and long beaches; a climate that varies greatly ... Read More »