With a rich four thousand year history, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. Bordered by China, Laos, Cambodia and the South China Sea, it has a population of 84 million making it the 13th most populated country in the world. Predominantly Buddhist, it is ruled by a communist government. Vietnam today remains a poor, densely populated and agricultural country.
North Star runs programs in several famous locations in Vietnam, allowing students to experience not only the adrenaline rush its great outdoors has to offer, but also its colourful history.
Ho Chi Mihn
Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Mihn has an intense role in recent history. From its beginnings as a small fishing village to its dramatic role in the Cold War, it is now a fast-paced metropolis teeming with commerce and culture. Its modern architecture and lifestyle blend seamlessly with its ancient pagodas, temples and churches which remain as memories of ghost past.
The capital of Vietnam for almost a thousand years, Hanoi has held its title through invasions, occupations and wars. It is the political centre and one of the main cultural centres of the country bearing much of the imprints of Vietnamese dynasties. The city is a fascinating blend of influence and history from centuries of Chinese dominance, French colonization and the American War.
The capital of Lam Dong Province, Da Lat is located 1,500m above sea level and rests on the Lang Biang Plateau which is found in the southern regions of the Central Highlands. With cool weather all year around, it is dubbed the “City of thousands of pine trees” or the “City of eternal spring” due to the blankets of mist covering its valleys.