Thereafter, Vietnam was divided politically into two rival states, North Vietnam (officially the Democratic Republic of Vietnam), and South Vietnam (officially the Republic of Vietnam).
An independent Vietnamese state was formed in 939, following a Vietnamese victory in the Battle of Bạch Đằng River.
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 reunification of North and South Vietnam in 1976, with Ho Chi Minh City as a historical city as well.
This one actually was inspired by my principal, who mentioned it in passing in one of our departmental meetings.
The idea was to try a speed-dating style speaking activity. One student in each group had a profile that I created giving basic information such as their name, age, where they lived, their nationality, etc.