Ho Chi Minh City

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Between 1954 and 1976, HCMC served as the capital for the independent state South Vietnam under the name Saigon. HCMC is Vietnam’s largest city with a population of more than 9,000,000. It is the economical capital of Vietnam, the point for most foreign investments.

Hai Phong

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Hai Phong is a seaport city situated 100 km from Hanoi. It’s Vietnam’s largest port, serving more or less the entire northern parts of the country. Currently, the population is just below 1,900,000. The old French regime spend a lot of money in building up Hai Phong. As a result, there are many beautiful buildings in early 20th century French colonial style to enjoy for the tourist.

Hanoi

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Hanoi, in the northern part of Vietnam, is the country’s capital. After a merger with the surrounding communes (Aug. 1st 2008) the population is now 6,200,000. Hanoi is not only Vietnam’s political centre, but also its educational. An estimated 60% of all the scientists in Vietnam live and work here.

Da Nang

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With 750,000 inhabitants, it is Vietnam’s fourth largest city. Da Nang is classified as an industrial zone, currently with around 4,900 factories and other production facilities. It serves as the main port for the central parts of Vietnam. For the tourist, Da Nang might not be much of a thrill. Hence, a trip to the nearby beaches of Lang Co is certainly recommended.