Socialist Republic of Vietnam (2016)

The Socialist Republic of Vietnam (Cộng hòa xã hội chủ nghĩa Việt Nam), is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. With an estimated 94.6 million inhabitants as of 2016, it is the world’s 14th-most-populous country, and the ninth-most-populous Asian country. Vietnam is bordered by China to the north, Laos to the northwest, Cambodia to the southwest, Thailand across the Gulf of Thailand to the southwest, and the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia across the South China Sea to the east and southeast. Its capital city has been Hanoi since the … Continue reading Socialist Republic of Vietnam (2016)

French Indochina #101 (1922)

French Indochina #101 (1922)

French Indochina (Indochine française in French, សហភាពឥណ្ឌូចិន in Khmer, Đông Dương thuộc Pháp in Vietnamese, ຝຣັ່ງແຫຼັມອິນດູຈີນ in Lao, and 法屬印度支那 in Cantonese), officially known as the Indochinese Union (Union indochinoise) after 1887 and the Indochinese Federation (Fédération indochinoise) after 1947, was a grouping of French colonial territories in Southeast Asia. A grouping of the three Vietnamese regions of Tonkin (north), Annam (center), and Cochinchina (south) with … Continue reading French Indochina #101 (1922)

Annam and Tonkin #1 (1888)

Annam & Tonkin #1 (1888)

Annam and Tonkin were two French protectorates comprising most of modern-day Vietnam.  The northern part was Tonkin — also spelled Tongkin, Tonquin or Tongking — known as Dàng Ngoài in Vietnamese.  The name is a corruption of Đông Kinh (東京), the name of Hanoi during the Lê Dynasty. Locally, Tonkin is known as Bắc Kỳ, meaning “Northern Region”. Located on the fertile delta of the Red River, the area … Continue reading Annam & Tonkin #1 (1888)