Vietnam map: locations and geography of different provinces

Vietnam is a Southeast Asian country belonging to the Indochinese peninsula. Currently, Vietnam has 63 provinces and cities, including 58 provinces and 5 cities (Hanoi, Hai Phong, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City, Can Tho), with the capital of Hanoi.

Join us to study the Vietnam map with useful information on natural, cultural, and socio-economic features.

Vietnam map

Vietnam map
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A general overview of Vietnam’s geography

Vietnam maps are always updated to provide detailed information relevant to the reality and development situation of all localities in the country.

First of all, the total population of Vietnam, following the latest data updated in 2020, is more than 97 million people and has the 15th highest population density in the world on a natural area of ​​331,698 km2.

The terrain of Vietnam is mainly hills and mountains, accounting for a quarter of the area, while the plain and midland terrain accounts for only a quarter of the country.

Mountainous City Dalat Vietnam
A mountainous Da Lat City of Vietnam | © Quangpraha/pixabay

Therefore, the majority of provinces and cities in Vietnam have quite diverse natural topography, and economic zones are also divided by topography.

Based on geographical features, Vietnam’s geographic map has 3 regions, including North, Central and South, and 7 key economic areas of the country.

Map of Northern provinces and cities

North Vietnam is considered the heart of the country, covering the political, economic, and cultural center, typically owning the Hanoi capital.

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North Vietnam Map (cut from the above map)

Based on the natural topography and economic characteristics of each area, the North continues to be divided into three key economic regions, including the following specific provinces:

The Northwest includes 6 provinces: Hoa Binh, Son La, Dien Bien, Lai Chau, Lao Cai, and Yen Bai.

The Red River Delta consists of 10 provinces and cities: Hanoi, Ha Nam, Ninh Binh, Bac Ninh, Hai Duong, Hai Phong, Hung Yen, Nam Dinh, Thai Binh, and Vinh Phuc.

The Northeast includes 9 provinces of Ha Giang, Cao Bang, Bac Can, Lang Son, Tuyen Quang, Thai Nguyen, Phu Tho, Bac Giang, and Quang Ninh.

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Halong Bay in Quang Ninh Province | © falco/pixabay

Natural beauty and traditional culture of North Vietnam

Travelling to the North of Vietnam, you will discover the ravishing natural landscapes and many impressive architectural works, created by skillful human hands.

Like a masterpiece among thousands of clouds, Fansipan in Sa Pa (Lao Cai) is one of the well-known places in their journey to discover the Northwest. On cold days, from the top of the mountain, clouds flow down the mountain like a waterfall of white clouds.

Visiting Moc Chau, once admiring the dreamy plateau in the morning mist, you will be amazed by the magical and attractive beauty of the immense steppe and the huge tea hills in the white mist.

Down to the south, the rich Bac Son valley is located between the four sides of limestone mountains, adorned by rivers winding through rice fields stretching vastly… creating a charming picture.

Ha Giang is also a popular destination in the North, attracting anyone who comes here because of its vast, ravishing flower fields every autumn.

Going down the Ngo Dong River to visit Tam Coc, you will be surprised at the harmony of colors here. In the harvest season, the scene of the jade-green river, flowing between the golden fields and fragrant with the smell of ripe rice, creates a beautiful picture of the countryside.

Returning to the rich cultural capital of Hanoi, you can come to ancient temples and pagodas, long-standing craft villages that have become a beauty of national culture, make picturesque Bat Trang pottery…

Map of Central Provinces

Similar to the North, the provinces of Central Vietnam are one of the seven vital regions of the country, divided into three smaller economic areas.

The North Central region includes 6 provinces: Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, and Thua Thien – Hue.

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North Central Vietnam Map (cut from the big map)

South Central Coast includes 8 provinces: Da Nang, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, Khanh Hoa, Ninh Thuan, Binh Thuan.

South Central Vietnam Map
South Central Coast Vietnam Map (cut from the big one)

The Central Highlands is the largest plateau area in Vietnam, covering 5 provinces stretching from North to South, namely Kon Tum, Gia Lai, Dak Lak, Dak Nong, and Lam Dong.

Central Highlands Vietnam Map
Central Highlands Vietnam Map (cut from the big one)

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Peaceful scenery on arid, harsh Central land of Vietnam

Despite the arid land and harsh weather, the Central region in Vietnam is still an attractive destination, full of charm for tourists.

Quang Binh is famous for its splendid caves, like heaven on earth. You will be amazed by the mysterious beauty of Thien Duong cave, the romantic river to Phong Nha wet cave, and Son Doong cave with the unique primeval forest inside.

Going to Ru Cha forest in Hue, you can walk on the narrow path under eye-catching green leaves to admire the hundred-year-old tree roots.

The long, pure white salt fields, the brilliant golden sunlight shining down on the glossy water surface, highlight each beautiful shimmering salt grain that has created the unique beauty of nature in Hon Khoi. Hon Khoa is also named Yen Cang, located in the east of Ninh Hoa district, Khanh Hoa province, Vietnam.

No noise, no show, Hoi An in Quang Nam Province is captivated by its ancient, quiet beauty, moss-covered red tile roofs and the road filled with red lanterns. In addition, you can also choose to visit the grasslands or watch the sunrise at Cua Dai – one of the beautiful beaches in Hoi An, which is a great way to enjoy the beauty of Quang Nam.

No need to dive deep into the seafloor, visitors to Hon Yen (Phu Yen Province) can easily see the beautiful coral reefs under the clear seawater at low tide.

Gia Lai land is the place to immerse yourself in the unique gong festival in the Central Highlands, and interesting experiences such as ducking, exploring Chu Dang volcano…

Stopping in Phan Thiet, visiting Ke Ga fishing port is also a great place to enrich your journeys, which is one of the most popular tourist activities when coming to Mui Ne, Phan Thiet.

Da Lat attracts tourists with attractive natural beauty with Tuyen Lam lake, Langbiang mountain, Pongour waterfall that one of the famous waterfalls in Vietnam

At the end of the trip to explore Central Vietnam in Phan Rang, you can visit Nam Cuong sand dunes to see the sunset view. Look at the wild beauty of the golden sand, experience the feeling of loss among thousands of sheep.

Map of Southern provinces and cities

The last region of the Vietnam map is the South, including two vital economic regions, the Southeast and the South West.

With typical features of South Vietnam, it creates strong development potentials for the whole South of the country.

South Vietnam Map
South Vietnam Map (cut from the big one)

The Southeast (also known as the East) includes 1 city and 5 provinces: Ho Chi Minh City, Ba Ria – Vung Tau, Binh Duong, Binh Phuoc, Dong Nai, and Tay Ninh.

The Southwest is also the Mekong Delta region, including a centrally-run city, Can Tho, and the 12 remaining provinces of Long An, Tien Giang, Ben Tre, Vinh Long, Tra Vinh, Hau Giang, Soc Trang, Dong Thap, An Giang, Kien Giang, Bac Lieu, and Ca Mau.

South Vietnam, a vivid picture from the modern rhythm of life to the rustic countryside

South Vietnam gives you different emotions at each destination. You can immerse yourself in the vibrant life of Ho Chi Minh City or explore the rustic countryside in the Mekong rivers.

In the floating season, do not hesitate to stop at Long An, a land that stands out for its fields of water lilies. The land of the further southern part will leave you with a memorable experience when you are lost in the space filled with pink and white colours of water lilies.

In the beautiful picture of nature, the hidden palm trees fields stretching to the horizon are always an image that captivates tourists when coming to Tinh Bien in An Giang Province. The rows of jaggery rise straight up to a height of 30 m, some trees bend their trunks and when they reflect on the lake surface, they create a beautiful symmetrical structure.

In addition, visiting the Melaleuca forest of Dong Thap or experiencing Long An grass harvesting are also two of the exciting tourist activities, attracting explorers from all over the world.


Each province on the Vietnam map has its own characteristics. But, all places in Vietnam constitute resources for the economic development of the country.

The above is a statistic of some economic, social, geographic information about different regions across the country, hoping to give you more useful information and an overview of the provinces and cities in Vietnam.


Frequently asked questions about Vietnam map

1. How does the Vietnam map look like?

When you want to find Vietnam on the world map, look for a country shaped like a letter S, which is Vietnam.

The north is large, the middle part is small and gradually widen to the south.

2. Where is the narrowest place on the map of Vietnam?

The narrowest area of the east-west direction locates in Quang Binh in central Vietnam, where has a beautiful paradise cave.

This region owns a width of about 41km from the Laos-Vietnam border to the East Sea.

3. Which province in Vietnam has the largest acreage?

Many people think that Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh is the largest, but that is not the case. Those two cities have the biggest populations.

However, Nghe An province is the largest one in Vietnam with a total area of 16493 km2.

In terms of location, Nghe An province locates in the North Central region, bordering Thanh Hoa to the north, Ha Tinh to the south, the East Sea to the east, and Laos to the west.

4. Which is the longest road in Vietnam?

The National Highway 1A or QL1A is the main road along Vietnam with a length of 2,360km, which is the longest street in the country.

Highway 1A starts from the Huu Nghi border of Vietnam and China in the north and ends at Nam Can District, Ca Mau Province in Mekong Delta.

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