Putting Vietnam on the Map
Putting Vietnam on the Map.
Extending along the Indochinese peninsula, Vietnam lies within the tropics, 11 degrees north of the equator. Bordering Chiba, Laos and Cambodia, it is approximately 128000sq miles (331000 sq km) in area, with a coastline stretching for 2040 miles (3260 km) from South China to the Gulf of Tonkin. With a diverse population of about 94 million people, Vietnam is divided into 58 tinh or provinces and 5 thu do or municipalities. Although Hanoi is the capital, Ho Chi Minh dominates the national economy.