Vietnam is an Asian country, bordered by China, Laos, Cambodia and the South China Sea. Since the turn of the century, Vietnam has been growing fast economically, as a result of it joining the Word Trade Organization. Nevertheless, the country still suffers from high levels of poverty and gender inequality.

Long distance travel within Vietnam is mainly undertaken by bus or rail. The primary long-distance rail route is the Reunification Express, running from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi.