Country of the Week: Vietnam

From fantastic pho to iconic nature scenes, the wonder and beauty of Vietnam is a delight to discover for yourself. But there’s more to learn about the country than just what you can find out at face value.
Discover the symbols and the icons that define Vietnam from the world and little facts that might make you appreciate the country even more than you already do. So dive deeper with us and discover these interesting facts about this Asian destination.
Other title(s): Land of the Blue Dragon; Cong Hoa Xa Hoi Chu Nghia Viet Nam, Socialist Republic of Vietnam
Continent: Asia (Southeast)
Capital: Hanoi
Most populous city: Ho Chi Minh City
Current political leader: Prime Minister: Nguyen Xuan Phuc
Currency: Dong (VND)
Language(s): Vietnamese
National Costume: Áo dài
Major Religion(s): None (Catholic, Buddhist, Hao Hao, Cao Dai)
Famous landmarks: War Remnants Museum, Hoi An, Ha Long Bay, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Ho Chi Minh
National Symbol: Animal: Tiger, Water Buffalo, Dragon; Flower: Red Lotus; Tree: Bamboo, Rice; Coat of Arms: yellow star representing the Communist Party of Vietnam and a cog wheel and crop as a border over circular red background as the base
Movies filmed in Morocco: The Quiet American, Cyclo, The Lover, Indochine, The Sapphires
Famous people: Lana Condor, Jonathan Ke Quan, Thuy Trang, Dat Phan, Bebe Pham, Janet Nguyen
Climate: Vietnamese climate is very straightforward and mostly tropical save for the occassional rainstorm and the moonsoon season. Basically, it's either warm or rainy weather when visiting the country. The average temperature all-year round ranges from 22°C to 27°C.
Popular festivals: Tet Nguyen Dan, Hue Festival, Perfume Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival, Hung King Temple Festival, Lim Festival, Wandering Souls Day, Hoi An Lantern Festival, Buddha's Birthday, Phu Giay Festival