Vietnam is a country that was once in the headlines all the time, as people around the world followed every twist and turn of its war with America. But since the Vietcong's victory in 1975, very little has been heard from this secretive, communist state. Like China it has experienced rapid economic growth. Exports have risen sharply since the introduction of market reforms in the 1980s and tourism is booming. And with a youthful population and emerging middle class it's considered an attractive place for foreign investors. The World Tonight's Beth McLeod was granted a rare journalist visa and travelled from the south to the north of the country to gauge how Vietnam's economy and people are faring now.
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