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Regions of Vietnam

Central Vietnam (Vietnamese: Trung Bộ or miền Trung), also known as Middle Vietnam or The Middle, formerly known as Trung Phần by South Vietnam, Trung Kỳ and Annam under French Indochina, is one of the three geographical regions within Vietnam.

The name Trung Bộ was used by the emperor Bảo Đại when he established administrative level higher than Province in 1945, instead of the Trung Kỳ which recalled the French occupation. This name was officially used by government of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam and is popularly used today.

The two south central costal provinces Ninh Thuận and Bình Thuận are sometimes seen as part of the Southeast region.


Central Vietnam includes 3 administrative regions, which in turn comprises 19 First Tier units.

Central Vietnam
Administrative Region First Tier Administrative Units Area (km2)[1][2] Population (2022)[1] Population Density
(people/ km2)
North Central Coast (Bắc Trung Bộ)

Hà Tĩnh
Nghệ An
Quảng Bình
Quảng Trị
Thanh Hóa
Thừa Thiên–Huế

51,242.75 11,190,830 218.39 contains the coastal provinces in the northern half of Vietnam's narrow central part. They all stretch from the coast in the east to Laos in the west.
South Central Coast (Duyên hải Nam Trung Bộ)

Bình Định
Bình Thuận
Đà Nẵng
Khánh Hòa
Ninh Thuận
Phú Yên
Quảng Nam
Quảng Ngãi

44,605.12 9,470,840 212.33 contains the coastal provinces in the southern half of Vietnam's central part. One province borders Laos.
Central Highlands (Tây Nguyên)

Đắc Lắc
Đắk Nông
Gia Lai
Kon Tum
Lâm Đồng

54,548.31 6,092,420 111.69 contains the mountainous provinces to the west of south-central Vietnam. There are a significant number of ethnic minorities in the region. One province is along Vietnam's border with Laos, and four border Cambodia (Kon Tum borders both Laos and Cambodia).

^† Municipality (thành phố trực thuộc trung ương)

Of all 19 First Tier units, 1 is municipality and 18 are provinces.


See also


  1. ^ a b "Area, population and population density by province". General Statistics Office of Vietnam. Retrieved 12 April 2024. – Interactive table which you can view by making your selection in three boxes: (1) Cities, provinces: Select all; (2) Year: Select 2022; (3) Items: Select all.
  2. ^ Phê duyệt và công bố kết quả thống kê diện tích đất đai năm 2022 [Approve and announce the results of land area statistics in 2022] (Decision 3048/QĐ-BTNMT) (in Vietnamese). Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (Vietnam). 18 October 2023. Retrieved 12 April 2024.