Vietnam: General Information

General Information

Country studies
It is the online versions of books previously published (1988-98) in hard copy by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress under the Country Studies/Area Handbook Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Army. Information about history, society, environment, economy, government, politics, and national security can be found.

Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection: Vietnam Maps
This is the website of The University of Texas at Austin. It contains various maps of Vietnam such as country maps, city maps, thematic maps, regional maps, and historical maps.

The world Fact Book about Vietnam-CIA 
This site provides facts about geography, people, government, economy, communications and statistic information.

Viet Nam Law Documents (in English)
This site provides online selected Vietnamese law documents, translated into English.

Viet Nam Law Online (in Vietnamese)
This site provides online documents of Vietnamese laws in Vietnamese language.

Vietnamese Embassy to US
This is an official website of embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in the United States of America. It provides facts and information of the country, traveling information, history, foreign policy and news.

Vietnamese flag and anthem by the World Statesman
This site shows flag, anthem and genealogy of rulers of Vietnam.


Government Institutions

Directorate for Standards, Metrology and Quality
Directorate oversees quality of products assuring high quality on all consumer products, including testing. Website available in Vietnamese and English.

Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Vietnam
Site contains information regarding activities and culture. English link is available.

Ministry of Health
Page appears to be under construction. It contains only two links in English: a brief statement on health policy, and a news page which is available but contains no information at the moment.

Ministry of Industry and Trade
Contains information and links regarding foreign trade offices, local trade departments, and the committee for international cooperation. Thorough site, though it has a couple of spelling mistakes.

Ministry of Information and Communications
The Ministry of Information and Communications of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam is the state administration in charge of policy-making and regulatory matters in posts, telecommunications, information technology, electronics, internet, radio transmission and emission techniques, radio-frequency management and national information infrastructure, management of public services as well as of control over, on behalf of Government and as stipulated by laws and regulations, the state capital in posts, telecommunications and information technology enterprises. Website somehow limited, but enough information to get started.

Ministry of Planning and Investment
The Ministry of Planning and Investment is a government agency which is charged with the role of state management over the domain of planning and investment, that consists of: providing comprehensive advice on the country-level socio-economic development strategies, programs and plans, on economic management mechanisms and policies for the national economy and for specific sectors, on domestic and foreign investments, industrial and export-processing zones, on management of official development assistance (in short ODA) sources, national-wide control of procurement, enterprises, business registration. The Ministry is also entrusted with exercising the role of state management over public services provided in sectors belonging to the Ministry's mandate under valid legislation. Comprehensive site, with thorough links and information.

Ministry of Transport
Site mostly is in Vietnamese. English link is available, but it provides limited information.

The National Assembly
Site related to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Includes info on the president of the National Assembly, the constitution of the Socialist Republic, and the deputies of the national assembly. There is also a brief presentation of the history of Vietnam and the National Assembly, as well as photos of assembly sessions. Very comprehensive website.



SEAlang Projects
Established in 2005, The SEAlang Library provides language reference materials for Southeast Asia, especially the non-roman script languages used throughout the mainland (Thailand, Burma, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam).

Vietnamese Language, Center for Southeast Asian Studies (Northern Illinois University)
This site provides Vietnamese language courses and studying materials.

Vietnamese Writing System by Omniglot
This site contains scripts in the Vietnamese writing system.


History, Culture and Religion

Art of Southeast Asia
This website contains information about the arts and culture of Southeast Asia especially Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Journey of Body, Mind and Spirit: Vietname, by the American Museum of Natural History
This website contains narrative text elements of the Vietnamese life. It is a part of the exhibition presented by the American Museum of Natural History.

Vietnam Portfolio
This website provides digital images taken in Vietnam in 1969 by E. Kenneth Hoffman who was a First Lieutenant in charge of a photo detachment. Pictures are classified into different categories such as children, Montagnard tribemen, military, Vietnamese people and shrine.


Political and Social Issues

Human Rights Watch
This website contains news, reports, and publications related to human rights in Vietnam.

The Communist Party of Vietnam
This website provides updated news related to the activities of the Communist Party of Vietnam and some archives about the leaders of the Communist Party.



Nhan Dan
This is local online news, distributing information closely related to the Communist Party of Vietnam. (Vietnamese and English)

Noovell Vietnam News                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Free English language website for news from Vietnam as well as other countries worldwide, aggregated from more than 5,000 news sources.

Thanh Nien 
This is an online news edition of the Thanh Nien Newspaper in English and Vietnamese. It provides news related to politics, business, society, youth, sports, entertainment, travel, health, and news in Vietnam and in the world. The website no longer posts new items, old articles are available in the Archive.

Vietnam Globe
This website provides both local and international news in English.

Viet Luan Online
This is an online news in Vietnamese language, distributed from Australia.

Vietnam Net
This website provides online news about politics, business, society, education in Vietnamese and English.

Vietnam News Agency
This is an online news edition about politics, diplomacy, society, education, business, finance, culture, sports, science, technology, health and environment. The publication is from Ho Chi Minh City, available in Vietnamese, English, French and Spanish.



ABC Radio Australia
This is an online radio of the Australia Broadcasting Corporation, a special program in Vietnamese language.

BBC in Vietnamese
This is BBC online news’s special program in Vietnamese language

Radio France Internationale
This is an online broadcasting of the Radio France Internationale, a special program in Vietnamese.

Radio Free Asia
This is an online broadcasting of Radio Free Asia, a special program in Vietnamese.

Radio, the Voice of Vietnam (VOV News)
This is the online news of Vietnam. It provides daily news about politics, economics, society, cultures and sports.

Voice of America
This is an online radio broadcasting of the Voice of America, a special program in Vietnamese.


Research Institutions

Asia Foundation for Vietnam
This is a website of the Asia Foundation, specifically for Vietnam. It contains information of the Asia Foundation’s projects related to economic reform, land management, law and justice, and governance.

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
This website provides online reports and programs that Vietnam and other members of APEC work to promote trade and investment liberalization, business facility, and economy and technical cooperation.

Asian Development Bank (ADB), Vietnam
This website contains reports and development projects of the Asian Development Bank in Vietnam.

Association of Southeast Asia Nation (ASEAN)
This websites contains information about Vietnamese government activities with other ASEAN countries and region.

Center for Southeast Asian Studies, (Northern Illinois University)
This website contains photograph collection and research papers about Vietnam and Southeast Asia.

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Southeast Asia 
CSIS is an organization that provides strategic insights and policy solutions to decision makers in government, international institutions, the private sector, and civil society. This website provides information regarding programs of CSIS in Southeast Asia, interviews, publications, events, and news.

Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and EAST Asia (ERIA)
ERIA is an international organization that supports the ASEAN Secretariat by making policy recommendations at regional governmental meetings. This website contains the information about the latest news, activities, research and publications.

Hmong Studies Internet Resource Center
This site contains peer-reviewed academic publications in Hmong Studies and Southeast Asian American Studies.

Institute of Southeast Asian Studies-ISEAS, Singapore
This site contains research articles and working papers about Vietnam and other Southeast Asia countries. Type a related topic in search after connecting to the link.

International Institute of Asian Studies-IIAS, Netherlands
This site contains free newsletter about Vietnam and other countries in Asia.

International Monetary Fund, in Vietnam
This website provides online working papers and reports of the IMF in Vietnam

The Economist, Vietnam
This website provides online article covering analyzes of economy, statistic information, and facts of the government in Vietnam.

The Mekong River Commission
This website contains information and reports about the development projects in countries sharing the Mekong River-Cambodia, Lao, Thai and Vietnam.

The United Nation Development Program (UNDP), in Vietnam
This is the website of UNDP program in Vietnam. It contains publications of various UNDP projects in Vietnam related to democratic governance, poverty reduction, crisis prevention, energy and environment.

The World Bank, Vietnam
This is the World Bank website, specifically for projects in Vietnam. It contains data and statistic, publications, reports and updated news of the World Bank projects in Vietnam.

United Nations in Vietnam
This website contains information and publications of UN programs in Vietnam.

University of Bristol, Department of Political Sciences
This is the University of Bristol’s website. It provides online publications and working papers about the political economy and economy reforms in Vietnam.

Vietnam Studies Group
This is a study group website formed by the University of Washington. It contains publications, papers, news and announcement regarding Vietnamese studies.

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
This site provides online research articles about the socio-political issues of Vietnam and other countries in the world. Type a related topic in search after connecting to the link.


Travel Information

Lonely Planet, Vietnam
The information of tourist attractions and traveling guides in Vietnam can be found in this site.

Vietnam National Administration of Tourism
This is the official website of the Vietnamese government for tourism. It provides news and statistic information of tourism, traveling information to Vietnam and to different attractions inside the country.

Vietnam Tourism
This website provides an overview of tourist attractions and traveling information in Vietnam.



National Bureau of Asian Research
The National Bureau of Asian Research is committed to advanced independent research on issues affecting U.S. relations with Asia.

Vietnam Research Guides
Compiled by University Libraries (University of Washington), this site provides reference documents related to Vietnam.