Geographical location and climate

Lying on the eastern part of the Indochinese peninsula, Viet Nam is a strip of land shaped like the letter “S”. China borders it to the north, Laos and Cambodia to the west, the East Sea to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the east and south. The coastline is 3,260km long and the inland border is 4,510km.

Viet Nam’s climate is typical for the monsoon tropics including two distinct seasons: hot season with high rainfall and cold season with rare of rain. Especially, in September and October, there are usually fresh days with cool winds of autumn before winter comes in Ha Noi and Northern provinces. This is the suitable time for large-scale events with various activities which need to move between places. The decision of holding the 14th ASOSAI Assembly in September 2018 will make the most of the advantages of climate and weather.


At present, there are 54 different ethnic groups inhabiting Viet Nam, in which Kinh (Viet) people make up nearly 90% of the whole population, and 53 other ethnic groups represent over 10%. In the core of the history of national development, all these groups of people have been closely attached to one another in sharing the same tasks of fighting against foreign invaders, defending the country’s territory, gaining the right to live and the right to national independence and self-determination. Each group of ethnic people have developed their own language and identity, thus making the Vietnamese culture, long known for its variety, a well-blended combination of different culture.

The Vietnamese people are hard-working, intelligent in production; in harmony with nature; uncompromising with enemies; humane and upright with human.

Variety of landscapes and culture

Viet Nam is favored by nature with a range of stunning landscapes and the unique culture imbued with national identity, including 22 world heritage sites recognized by UNESCO.

Ha Noi Capital, Quang Ninh and Ninh Binh where the 14th ASOSAI Assembly’s events will take place have many famous landscapes and monuments.

Many visitors to Ha Noi Capital (the official venue of the 14th ASOSAI Assembly) have been attracted by its small, gentle and ancient architecture harmoniously combined with the green color of trees and the blue color of lakes. The Ha Noi’s architecture bears a deep impress of long history and available pagodas and temples all over Ha Noi. The pure air is created by simple and close-to-human architecture. Ha Noi is one of the provinces with the largest number of historical and cultural sites in the country.

Located in Quang Ninh (where some of the 14th ASOSAI Assembly’s activities will take place), Ha Long Bay is one of the most beautiful landscapes of Viet Nam and acknowledged as one of the seven world natural heritages by UNESCO. Visitors to Ha Long Bay will be able to see limestone islands and karsts in unique and majestic shape. Some featured sites of Ha Long is Ga Choi Islet (Fighting Cock Islet), Con Coc Islet (Toad Islet), Ngoc Vung Island (Luminescent Pearl Island), Ti Top Island, Sung Sot Cave (Surprise Cave), Thien Cung Cave (Heavenly Palace Cave) and Bai Tu Long Bay. This beautiful coastal city is an ideal place for travelers who love to explore nature.

Ninh Binh (where some of the 14th ASOSAI Assembly’s activities also will take place) is another fantastic destination of Viet Nam. Located as the south extreme of the Red River Delta and the North, this place has long history associated with Hoa Lu Ancient Capital of Viet Nam since the 10th century. Ninh Binh owns more than 1,000 relics of all kinds. Especially when we come to Ninh Binh, Hoa Lu Ancient Capital is the very meaningful stop-over with its over-1,000 year history, old color and unique architecture of the Vietnamese in harmonious combination with the beauty of mountains and rivers./.

(Source: Vietnam National Administration of Tourism)
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