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Location
The Socialist Republic of Vietnam is located in southeast Asia. Also known as simply Vietnam. Prior to the Pacific War, known as Indochina or Indo-China encompassing present day Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. In French, known as "Indochine". Borders China to the north, Laos to the northwest, Cambodia to the southwest and Thailand across the Gulf of Thailand to the southwest. Borders the Gulf of Tonking (Tonkin Gulf, Tongking Gulf), South China Sea and Gulf of Thailand.

Wartime History
After the fall of France in 1940, Indochina came under the control of the Vichy French government aligned with the Axis powers. On September 3, 1941 a military agreement signed by French Governor General Jean Decoux, allowed 25,000 Japanese troops the use of northern Indochina as a staging area into China, and the use of three airfield in Indochina. On September 26, 1941, Japanese forces arrived before the signing of the Axis Triple Pact, promoting the United States to enact an embargo against Japan. During the Pacific War, although never invaded by Allied forces, the country was subjected to aerial and naval attacks. 

Postwar
After Japan's surrender in August 1945, the French returned to their former colony, but immediately faced warfare with the Communist Viet insurgency, that led to the Vietnam War.

Today
Officially known as the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. The country is divided into 8 regions and 58 provinces plus five city municipalities: Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Hai Phong and Can Tho (Cần Thơ).

Municipalities
Hanoi (Ha Noi)  city capital of Vietnam in northern Vietnam.
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon, Sài Gòn)  city former capital of the Republic of Vietnam.
Can Tho (Cần Thơ)  city located in the southwest corner Vietnam.
Da Nang (Danang, Tourane)  city located in center of Vietnam.
Hai Phong (Haiphong)  city located in northern Vietnam bordering the Gulf of Tonking.

Northwest Region
Dien Bien Province  located in the northwest of Vietnam bordering Laos including Dien Bien Phu.
Hòa Bình Province
Lai Châu Province
Lào Cai Province
Sơn La Province
Yên Bái Province

Northeast Region
Bắc Giang Province
Bắc Kạn Province
Cao Bằng Province
Hà Giang Province
Lạng Sơn Province
Phú Thọ Province
Quảng Ninh Province  located in the northeast region includes Ha Long.
Thái Nguyên Province
Tuyên Quang Province

Red River Delta Region
Bắc Ninh Province
Hà Nam Province
Hanoi (Ha Noi)  capital of Vietnam in northern Vietnam.
Hải Dương Province
Hai Phong (Haiphong)  city located in northern Vietnam bordering the Gulf of Tonking.
Hưng Yên Province
Nam Định Province
Ninh Bình Province
Thái Bình Province
Vĩnh Phúc Province

North Central Coast Region
Hà Tĩnh Province
Hà Tĩnh Province
Nghệ An Province
Quảng Bình Province
Quảng Trị Province
Thanh Hóa Province
Thừa Thiên–Huế Province

South Central Coast Region
Bình Định Province
Bình Thuận Province
Đà Nẵng Province
Khánh Hòa Province  located on the eastern coast of Vietnam bordering Camranh Bay (Cam Ranh Bay).
Ninh Thuận Province  located on the eastern coast of Vietnam bordering Camranh Bay (Cam Ranh Bay).
Phú Yên Province
Quảng Nam Province
Quảng Ngãi Province

Central Highlands Region
Đắc Lắc Province
Đắk Nông Province
Gia Lai Province
Kon Tum Province
Lâm Đồng Province

South Central Highlands Region
Bình Định Province
Bình Thuận Province
Da Nang (Danang, Tourane)  city located in center of Vietnam.
Khánh Hòa Province
Ninh Thuận Province
Phú Yên Province
Quảng Nam Province
Quảng Ngãi Province

Southeast Region
Bà Rịa–Vũng Tàu Province
Bình Dương Province
Bình Phước Province
Đồng Nai Province
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon, Sài Gòn)  city former capital of the Republic of Vietnam.
Tây Ninh Province

Mekong Delta Region
Kiên Giang Province  located at the southwest coast of Vietnam includes Duong Dong.

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Last Updated
August 25, 2018

 

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