Where is Vietnam? Location and History
Everybody has a vague idea that Vietnamis “somewhere in Southeast Asia.” But where just is Vietnam? The unusual thing about Vietnam is the S-shapedshape of the nation, which is around 1,650 kilometers long from north to south. Many refer to the form of Vietnam as a “bamboo stick with two rice bowls.”
Vietnam means “land in the south.” Vietnam is 331,210 square kilometers and therefore a bit smaller than Germany. If you look at the map, the land is very long and covers two major climatic zones: tropical climate prevails within the north and subtropical climate in the south.
The shoreline is 3400 kilometers long. Mostly, Vietnam is located in the South China Sea. Just in the southwest, the nation borders the Gulf of Thailand.
Three countries border Vietnam. There are Laos and Cambodia on the west and China on the north. In the north, Vietnam extends a maximum of 600 kilometers, in the south of 350 kilometers. At the narrowest point, it is just 50 kilometers wide.
The Adjacent Country
The country shares almost all of its borders with its western, Indo-Chinese neighbors Cambodia and Laos, whilst it borders China in the north. The border with Laos is known by the Annamite Highlands, which forms a natural border between the two nations. In the north, the Yunnan highlands is the border with China, where it until the 80s came to border incidents, and Vietnam suspects its powerful neighbors until now, wish to move its edge further south. The border with Cambodia ran through the Mekong Delta and was finally determined in 1985.
The whole east coast of Vietnam is bordered by water: in the north, the Gulf of Tonkin forms the natural boundary of the country, which merges further south into the South China Sea. A little part of the coast of Vietnam to the south west borders the Gulf of Thailand. The coast of the country, excluding the islands, is as much as 3,260 kilometers long.
In the South China Sea, about 330km south of Hainan Island in the Paracel Islands. It is an archipelago officially owned by China but also claimed by Vietnam. In 1974, a naval fight took place around the the nun inhabited islands, from which China appeared victoriously. In the meantime, the islands are part of the prefecture “Sansha” and the Chinese have planted a government building on the Paracel Islands, against whose construction the Vietnamese government protested strongly.
The Highest Mountain in Vietnam
The highest mountain in the country is the 3,142-meter Fan Si Pan (or Fansipan) in the extreme northwest of the nation in Lao Cai province. It is the highest peak of all Indochina. It is also called “the Roof of Indochina.” The place is a well-known place to go for trekking adventures and eco-tourists. A camp is found at 2,800 meters altitude.
As the north of Vietnam is dominated by the hills of the Yunnan Highlands and the Annamite Highlands, the 40,000 square kilometer Mekong Delta accounts for much of the south. The whole delta is only a couple of meters above sea level and is crossed by numerous rivers and canals. The fertile Mekong Delta is one of the world’s most significant rice-growing regions and is also known as the rice bowl of Asia.
Where is the capital of Vietnam?
The capital city is Hanoi. It is situated in the north of Vietnam on the Red River (Song Hong), which comes from the highlands of Yunnan and flows out at Hanoi to the Delta. Previously, it flows into the Gulf of Tonkin. Hanoi looks back on a 1,000-year history and has its roots in the Hang Long Citadel, which was built by Emperor Ly Thai To in 1010.
There is no longer the original citadel. Nonetheless, the old metropolis of Hanoi is still in keeping with the design of the medieval castle, with its narrow, checkered streets. The old town is near to the colonial district of the French. Its impressive buildings are the most famous tourist district of Hanoi.