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Hạ Long Bay, Vietnam
Hạ Long Bay, Vietnam

Hạ Long Bay

Hạ Long Bay, in northeast Vietnam, is known for its emerald waters and thousands of towering limestone islands topped by rainforests.
Photo by Ammie Ngo

VIETNAM

Asia

VIETNAM

Asia

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Capital: Hanoi (Ha Noi)

Location: Southeastern Asia, bordering the Gulf of Thailand, Gulf of Tonkin, and South China Sea, as well as China, Laos, and Cambodia

Government: Socialist Republic of Vietnam

Currency: dong (VND)

Area: 331,210 sq km

Population: 102,789,598 (July 2021 est.)

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

Religion: Catholic 6.1%, Buddhist 5.8%, Protestant 1%, other 0.8%, none 86.3% (2009 est.)

TimeZone: UTC+7

Tel Code: +84

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