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PHOTO DIARY: One day in Halong Bay, Vietnam

Vietnam is a Southeast Asian country on the South China Sea known for its beaches, rivers, Buddhist pagodas and bustling cities. Hanoi, the capital, pays homage to the nation’s iconic Communist-era leader, Ho Chi Minh, via a huge marble mausoleum. I visited Vietnam last year and spent a few days exploring the wonderful Halong Bay, Vietnam.

Few countries have changed so much over such a short time as Vietnam. Less than forty years since the savagery and slaughter of the American War, this resilient nation is buoyant with hope. It is a country on the move: access is now easier than ever, roads are being upgraded, hotels are springing up and Vietnam’s raucous entrepreneurial spirit is once again alive and well as the old-style Communist system gives way to a socialist market economy.

Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) has French colonial landmarks, plus Vietnamese War history museums and the Củ Chi tunnels, used by Viet Cong soldiers.

As the number of tourists visiting the country soars, their talk is not of bomb craters and army ordnance but of shimmering paddy fields and sugar-white beaches, full-tilt cities and venerable pagodas; Vietnam is a veritable phoenix arisen from the ashes.

vietnam rice paddies

vietnam rice paddies

vietnam rice paddies

 

vietnam travel halong bay

vietnam travel halong bay

vietnam rice paddies

vietnam rice paddies

vietnam rice paddies

vietnam travel halong bay

vietnam travel halong bay

Halong Bay, Vietnam

vietnam travel halong bay

vietnam travel halong bay

vietnam travel halong bay

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    […] Burnt as a crisp from a Halong Bay boat tour, Vietnam – I suffered a great painful sun burn the day we took a small boat out in to Halong Bay. It didn’t seem that hot but it seemed it was when I returned and was as pink as a beetroot. […]

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