There are very few countries that have changed as rapidly as Vietnam, in just a short amount of time. Now, only thirty years after the end of the American War, this country is full of hope. It is changing, and doing it quickly. Access to Vietnam is easier than ever, roads are becoming more modern, there are many hotels and Vietnam’s old Communist system is changing into a socialist economy. Tourists to this country and finding that it is not reminisce of a war, but a beautiful country.
Vietnam is located in Southeastern Asia, bordering the Gulf of Thailand, Gulf of Tonkin, and South China Sea, alongside China, Laos, and Cambodia. It is slightly more South than New Mexico. The climate is tropical in south; monsoonal in north with hot, rainy season (mid-May to mid-September) and warm, dry season (mid-October to mid-March). There is one major natural hazard of the country, which is, occasional typhoons (May to January) with extensive flooding.
The population of Vietnam (as of 2000) is 78,773,873. Vietnamese is the largest ethnic group in Vietnam (85%), followed by Chinese (4%). Other ethnic groups of Vietnam include Muong, Tai, Meo, Khmer, Man, Cham. The languages used in Vietnam are Vietnamese (official), Chinese, English, French, tribal languages (Mon-Khmer and Malayo-Polynesian).
The main religions of Vietnam are Buddhist, Taoist, Roman Catholic, indigenous beliefs, Muslim, Protestant, Cao Dai, Hoa Hao. Currently, seventy percent of the population is Buddhists by religion or their thinking or behavior is governed by Buddhist philosophies. Catholics occupy Bui Chu-Phat Diem in the northern province of Ninh Binh and towards the South it occupies Ho Nai-Bien Hoa in Dong Nai Province. The followers of Islam occupy the central region of the central coast of Vietnam. Majority of the Islam followers are from the Cham ethnic minority group.
Members of the same household live together, work together, and gather together for marriages, funerals, Tet (lunar New Year) celebrations, and rituals marking the anniversary of an ancestor's death. Family members look first to other family members for help...