Vietnam: General Information

General Information

  • The world Fact Book about Vietnam-CIA 
    This site provides facts about geography, people, government, economy, communications and statistic information.
  • Vietnamese flag and anthem by the World Statement
    This site shows flag, anthem and genealogy of rulers of Vietnam.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Government Institutions

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



    History, Culture and Religion

    • 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: Yesterday and Today
      This website provides information related to the Vietnam War. It contains contents and topics of publications which are important for the understanding of the Vietnamese conflicts.
      This website provides information about arts, architecture, literature, music and history of Vietnam.
    • Vietnam War Bibliography
      This websites provides a collection of research articles, maps during the Vietnam War and bibliography for further research and study about the Vietnam War.
    • 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.
    • Art of Southeast Asia
      This website contains information about the arts and culture of Southeast Asia especially Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam.
    • Vietman War Oral History Project                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   The Vietnam War Oral History Project gathers, documents, preserves, and disseminates histories of the Vietnam War.

    Political and Social Issues

    • 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.
    • Vets with a Mission
      This website provides a history of the Vietnam War and photo archives of the U.S veterans during the war period in Vietnam. It also has initiative programs to heal the relationship among the two nations.
    • Talawas
      An online journal updated daily, based in Germany, focuses on literature, politics, history, and contemporary social issues of Vietnam. Talawas is the most vibrant and important forum of the Vietnamese intellectuals outside and inside of Vietnam.
    • Human Rights Watch
      This website contains news, reports, and publications related to human rights in Vietnam.


    • 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 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.
    • Vietnam Net
      This website provides online news about politics, business, society, education in Vietnamese and English.
    • Viet Luan Online
      This is an online news in Vietnamese language, distributed from Australia.
    • Vietnam Globe
      This website provides both local and international news in English.


    • Radio Free Asia
      This is an online broadcasting of Radio Free Asia, a special program in Vietnamese.
    • Radio France Internationale
      This is an online broadcasting of the Radio France Internationale, a special program in Vietnamese.
    • Voice of America
      This is an online radio broadcasting of the Voice of America, 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.
    • 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

    Digital Collections

    Research Institutions

    Travel Information

    • Vietnam Tourism
      This website provides an overview of tourist attractions and traveling information in Vietnam.
    • 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.
    • Lonely Planet, Vietnam
      The information of tourist attractions and traveling guides in Vietnam can be found in this site.


    • 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 War Bibliography
      This website provides reference documents related to researches and studies guides about the Vietnam War.
    • Vietnam Research Guides
      Compiled by University Libraries (University of Washington), this site provides reference documents related to Vietnam.
    • Southeast Asia Women Studies Bibliography
      This website provides reference documents related to research on women studies in Southeast Asia, compiled by the University of California at Berkeley.