, information technology and high-tech industries now form a large and fast-growing part of the national economy. Though Vietnam is a relative newcomer to the oil industry, it is currently the third-largest oil producer in Southeast Asia, with a total 2011 output of Commons:Category:Vietnam
series ''Adventure (Adventure (TV series))'', produced in collaboration with the American Museum of Natural History. Terrace, Vincent (1976). ''The Complete Encyclopedia of Television Programs 1947-1976'' (Vol. 1). South Brunswick and New York: A.S. Barnes and Company. ISBN 0-498-01561-0. He went on to become chief correspondent of CBS and host of its ''Eyewitness to History'' series. He was a leading figure in CBS's expansion to include international coverage. He
was described as being a pivotal figure in the modern development of Vietnamese-owned nail salons in the United States that later spread rapidly along the East and to Canada. Drawn to the plight of refugees from the Vietnam War, she began visiting a tent city at Hope Village, and in 1975, helped Vietnamese immigrants, primarily female, by having her manicurist teach them the skills of the trade and working with a local beauty school to help them find jobs. In Canada, the nail parlour industry is now dominated by Vietnamese immigrants and refugees. Commons:Category:Vietnam
in Vietnam. His government offered some rhetorical support for the US position (most prominently in the defence offered by the Foreign Secretary Michael Stewart (Michael Stewart, Baron Stewart of Fulham) in a much
, Nhà xuất bản Khoa học - Xã hội, 2005 after the surname Nguyễn (38.4%). thumb right (Image:Matthew Ridgway.jpg) On August 17, 1953, Ridgway replaced General Collins as the Chief of Staff of the United States Army. After Eisenhower was elected President, he asked Ridgway for his assessment of US military involvement in Vietnam in conjunction with the French. Ridgway prepared a comprehensive outline of the massive commitment that would be necessary for success, which
Vietnamese liberation by educating the population and by appealing to French democratic principles. Though he failed in this project, Vietnam was later liberated via an armed uprising led by Hồ Chí Minh (Ho Chi Minh). Hồ started his political activism working with Phan Chu Trinh and other activists in France. '''Phan Chu Trinh''' also known as '''Phan Châu Trinh''' (1872–1926
Chí Minh . Hồ started his political activism working with Phan Chu Trinh and other activists in France. Meanwhile, Emperor Yizong was immediately met with two military crises. Tang and Nanzhao (Kingdom of Nanzhao) had gotten into a diplomatic row over the name of the Nanzhao king Qiulong (酋龍) — as it violated naming taboo for Emperor Yizong's ancestor Emperor Xuanzong (Emperor Xuanzong of Tang) (Li Longji). Emperor Yizong thus refused to issue an edict formally bestowing Qiulong his
! , Alice Cooper), processed to sound wearily contemporary. Buchwater is currently overseeing the production of a short black and white super 8 movie to showcase his band's exemplary lack of direction. On 17 April 1968, ''Noxubee'' departed Hawaii for her second WESTPAC cruise. ''Noxubee'' headed directly for Vietnam for three months of continuous operations. In August ''Noxubee'' received the Battle Efficiency Pennant for fiscal year 1968. On 28 October, ''Noxubee'' came under enemy
on a massive program of overseas imperialism — including French Indochina (modern day Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos) and Africa (the Scramble for Africa brought France most of North-West and Central Africa) — which brought it in direct competition with British interests. The end of the Korean War and Vietnam War and the "Secret Wars (Laotian Civil War)" in Southeast Asia brought a new wave of Asian American immigration, as people from Korea, Vietnam, Laos
Head to '''Hoi An''' with its '''Venice-like canals''' and beautiful old town for some top sightseeing. Enjoy the old '''port''', wander through its endless winding alleys and take a pick from its countless '''fine restaurants''' and shops, or relax on the beach. Once a fishermen's village, this town's now well-protected by preservation laws and has turned into a major hot spot for visitors. '''Hanoi''' is of course the summit of Asian city life. It's an incredible myriad of ancient traditions, old and modern architecture, sounds, smells, bustling commerce and famously crazy traffic. It's chaotic and enchanting at once - a great place to discover both ancient and contemporary Vietnam. Most sights are in the '''Old Quarter''', including the famous '''Hoan Kiem Lake''' and the beautiful '''Bach Ma Temple'''. Spend a day or two in '''Ho Chi Minh City''', or Saigon, the country's largest city. Nowhere are contrasts between old and new more ubiquitous and alive than here, where you'll find ancient pagoda's and traditional street life at the feet of giant skyscrapers. Top sights include the '''Reunification Palace''' and '''Giac Lam Pagoda'''. Also well worth visiting is the former imperial town of '''Hue''', with its beautiful '''Citadel''' and the '''Tombs of the Emperors''' along the '''Perfume River'''. Landscapes and nature thumb Typical rice terraces (File:RiceTerracesVietnam.jpg) Few countries are blessed with landscapes as captivating as those of Vietnam. For many travellers, the country's awe-inspiring limestone scenery, perfect beaches, islands, mountain ranges, rice fields and lakes are its greatest treasures. One of Vietnam's top attractions, '''Ha Long Bay''', boasts thousands of limestone pillars and islands topped with dense jungle vegetation. Among the bustling port life, you'll find floating fishermen's villages, caves, and island lakes. Neighbouring '''Lan Ha Bay''' is as spectacular, but less busy. Head to '''Sa Pa''' and the Muong Hoa valley to get take in the views of local rice fields against a background of bamboo forests. Also in the north is '''Tam Coc''' near Ninh Binh. This area is famous for its karst scenery, rice fields, and caves and is best explored by hired boat. '''Phu Quoc''', off the Cambodian coast, is the largest island in the country. Its delightful palm-lined beaches and tropical forests can compete with any in the world. Most famous in the south is of course the '''Mekong Delta'''. Here, the Mekong River empties into the South China Sea via a maze of smaller streams. It's a lush, green region and the source of half of Vietnam's agricultural produce. It offers scenic views of the rivers and rices fields as far as the eye can see. Here, natural landscapes and culture go hand in hand as life revolves around the water. The Mekong streams are a major means of transportation and host '''floating markets'''. Some best picks in terms of natural wonders can be found in the country's national parks. '''Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park''', a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is famous for its natural caves and grottos, with underground rivers and cave beaches as well as stunning stalagmites and stalactites. For wildlife, try '''Cuc Phuong National Park'''. Museums For better insight in Vietnam's ancient traditions, culture and history, visit one of the many museums, some with truly excellent collections. The '''War Remnants Museum''' in Ho Chi Minh City will leave a lasting impression, particularly the chilling collection of war photography. Although not exactly neutral in tone, there are English labels. The '''HCMC Museum''' is in a building worth seeing on its own, and gives a nice overview of the city's history. For a broader history collection, try the fine '''History Museum''', which has artefacts from several Vietnamese cultures on display. In Hanoi, the '''Vietnam Museum of Ethnology''' is an excellent place to dive into the life of the country's tribal people. In the centre of town is the '''Fine Arts Museum''' has all kinds of arts on display, from high-quality wood and stone carvings to fabulous ceramics and textiles. Descriptions in English. Do Motorbiking is popular with locals and tourists alike. Given that motorbikes are the main mode of transport in Vietnam, they can give a particularly authentic view of travelling through the country. Renting or buying a bike is possible in many cities. Also consider '''Motorbike adventure tours''', which involve being guided on multi-day drives to remote regions of the country. Most tours include accommodation, petrol, helmets, drivers and entry tickets to local places of interest. Guides usually speak good English or French and offer customised tours if desired. '''Motorbike Sightseeing Tours''' are similar but have a more local range specific to one city or area and can focus on food, shopping or sightseeing. Buy Currency The national currency is the '''dong''' (''đồng, VND''), which is difficult to find or exchange outside Vietnam; change money on arrival and try to get rid of any leftovers before leaving the country. Continuing inflation and a series of devaluations continues to steadily push down the value of the dong, with USD1 fetching over 21,000 dong (Feb 2012). Notes are available in denominations of 500, 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000, 50,000, 100,000, 200,000 and 500,000 dong. In 2003, coins were also introduced in denominations of 200, 500, 1,000, 2,000 and 5,000 dong, although these are rarely seen. Commons:Category:Vietnam
by whatever means (bus or car) is slow, with average speed less than 50 km hour. Highway 1, the north-south backbone of the country, is a two-lane road with very heavy truck and bus traffic. Generally speaking, describing Vietnamese driving habits as atrocious would be an understatement. Road courtesy is non-existent and drivers generally do not check their blind spots or mirrors (in fact, many vehicles have had their wing mirrors removed). Vietnamese drivers also tend to use their horn very often
'''Vietnam''' ( Its capital city has been Hanoi since the reunification of North (North Vietnam) and South Vietnam in 1976.
Vietnam was part of Imperial China for over a millennium, from 111 BC to 938 AD. The Vietnamese became independent from Imperial China (Imperial Chinese) in AD 938, following the Vietnamese victory in the Battle of Bạch Đằng River (Battle of Bạch Đằng River (938)). Successive Vietnamese royal dynasties (List of Vietnamese monarchs) flourished as the nation expanded geographically and politically into Southeast Asia, until the Indochina Peninsula was colonized by the French (French Indochina) in the mid-19th century. Following a Japanese occupation (Japanese invasion of French Indochina) in the 1940s, the Vietnamese fought French rule in the First Indochina War, eventually expelling the French in 1954. Thereafter, Vietnam was divided politically into two rival states, North and South Vietnam. Conflict between the two sides intensified, with heavy intervention from the United States, in what is known as the Vietnam War. The war ended with a North Vietnamese victory in 1975.
Vietnam was then unified under a communist (Communism) government but remained impoverished and politically isolated. In 1986, the government initiated a series of economic and political reforms (Doi Moi) which began Vietnam's path towards integration into the world economy. Its successful economic reforms resulted in its joining the World Trade Organization in 2007.
However, regardless of the advancements that have been made in recent years, the country still experiences high levels of income inequality, disparities in access to healthcare, and a lack of gender equality.