Country: Vietnam

Population: 85,262,356

Capital: Hanoi

Time Zone: UTC+7

Currency Name: dong (VND)

Government Type: Communist state

Languages: Vietnamese (official), English (increasingly favored as a second language), some French, Chinese, and Khmer; mountain area languages (Mon-Khmer and Malayo-Polynesian)

Ethnic Breakdown: Kinh (Viet) 86.2%, Tay 1.9%, Thai 1.7%, Muong 1.5%, Khome 1.4%, Hoa 1.1%, Nun 1.1%, Hmong 1%, others 4.1%

Religion: Buddhist 9.3%, Catholic 6.7%, Hoa Hao 1.5%, Cao Dai 1.1%, Protestant 0.5%, Muslim 0.1%, none 80.8%

Major Cities: Hanoi, Danang, Ho Chi Minh City

Phone Country Code: 84

Health Concerns:

Official Tourism Website: http://www.vietnamtourism.com/

High Travel Season: no peak season

Voltage: 127/220 V - 50 Hz

Electrical Plug Type: a, c, g

Major Holidays: Vietnamese New Year, April 30 (Vietnam Liberation Day), May 1 (Labor Day), September 2 (Vietnam National Day), November 20 (Vietnam Teacher's Day)

Misc Fact / Good to Know: In Vietnam, qualified funeral musicians can earn more money in one month than the average person earns in a year.