The socialist republic of Vietnam is a long, mountainous country in South East Asia, bordering China to the north and extending 1600km from north to south. With a population of over 85 million, Vietnam is the 13th most populous country in the world. Since the deregulation of its economy and the implementation of market reforms at the end of the 1980's, Vietnam's economy has been growing rapidly at yearly rates of 8%. The first Vietnamese state, Van Lang, was established in the region in 257 BC by the Hong Bang dynasty. In 111 BC Vietnam was occupied by the Chinese, who ruled the country for the next 1000 years - only in 938 AD did Vietnam regain its independence. In the 19th century Vietnam became a French colony and regained its independence after WW II.
Southern Vietnam photo gallery  - 202 pictures of Southern Vietnam
Central Vietnam photo gallery  - 399 pictures of Central Vietnam
202 photos of southern Vietnam including Saigon (Ho Chi Minh city), Tay Ninh, sceneries and the Cu Chi tunnels
399 photos of central Vietnam, including the UNESCO World heritage sites of Hoi An, Hue and My Son
Northern Vietnam photo gallery  - 262 pictures of Northern Vietnam
262 photos of northern Vietnam, including the capital Hanoi, Halong bay and the Perfume Pagoda
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