Vietnam, officially the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia, with an estimated 94.6 million inhabitants as of 2016. Vietnam is bordered by China to the north, Laos to the northwest, Cambodia to the southwest, Thailand across the Gulf of Thailand to the southwest, and the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia across the South China Sea to the east and southeast.
Its capital city has been Hanoi since the reunification of North and South Vietnam in 1976, with Ho Chi Minh City as the most populous city.
The northern part of Vietnam was part of Imperial China for over a millennium, from 111 BC to AD 939. An independent Vietnamese state was formed in 939, following a Vietnamese victory in the Battle of Bạch Đằng River. Successive Vietnamese imperial dynasties flourished as the nation expanded geographically and politically into Southeast Asia, until the Indochina Peninsula was colonized by the French in the mid-19th century.
In 1954 Vietnam was divided politically into two rival states, North Vietnam and South Vietnam.
Our Vietnam Gallery was shot in 2005 and the country has developed considerably since then. Over 4 weeks we travelled North to South covering Ha Noi, Hoi An, Hue, Nah Trang, Central Highlands, Ho Chi Minh City & Mekong Delta