The Voice of Vietnam broadcasts on short wave, AM and FM for about 18 hours a day. The broadcasts consist mostly of music, but there are also news bulletins in Vietnamese, English, French and Russian.
The first broadcasts of the Voice of Vietnam took place in 1945. It broadcast a great deal of propaganda to the South during the American War, including special English programmes for American soldiers. From 1968 to 1976, the Voice of Vietnam used the transmitters of Radio Havana Cuba to deliver its message directly to the American people.
The national radio station broadcasts news and music programmes from 7am until 11pm. Visitor wishing to keep up on events in the rest of the world – and in Vietnam itself – may want to bring along a small short-wave receiver. News, music and feature programmes in a multitude of languages are easily picked up, especially at night.