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"The only Zen you find on tops of mountains is the Zen you bring to it"
- Robert M. Pirsig

Vietnam (bordered by China, Laos, Cambodia, and the South China Sea), is one of the new hot countries to visit in Southeast Asia. Popular destinations include: Hanoi (northern capital city), Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) in the south, Danang (on the coast), and Hue (in Central Vietnam).

Hanoi Attractions & Fun Things To Do
Hanoi attractions include:

  • Cat Ba Island (the largest island in Halong Bay)
  • Halong Bay (pictured right, it's one of Vietnam's most spectacular natural wonders; claimed by locals as the Eighth Wonder of the World).
  • Hanoi Hilton (the prison where John McCain was held as a POW during the Vietnam war)
  • Hanoi Old French Quarter
  • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Complex
  • One-Pillar Pagoda (Chua Mot Cot)
  • Perfume Pagoda (Chuo Huong)
  • Temple of Literature (Quoc Tu Giam)
  • Thang Long Water Puppet Theater
  • Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

Hanoi Tours, Sightseeing
& Fun Things To Do

Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon)
Attractions & Fun Things To Do
Ho Chi Minh City attractions include: 

  • Hen Thanh Market
  • Cao Dai Temple
  • Chinese Quarter & Market
  • Cholon District
  • Cu Chi Tunnels
    (network of connecting underground tunnels used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam war)
  • Dam Sen Water Park
  • Former U.S. Embassy
    (known for its infamous helicopter evacuation during the Fall of Saigon)
  • Giac Lam Pagoda
  • Ho Chi Minh Museum and Mausoleum
    (Khu Luu Niem Bac Ho)
  • Hoan Kiem Lake
  • Knock-off Market
  • Lacquer Factory
  • Mekong River (Mekong Delta)
    Cruise along the Mekong River canals and visit floating villages
  • Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Reunification Palace
  • War Remnants Museum

Ho Chi Minh City Tours, Sightseeing & Fun Things To Do

Danang and Central Vietnam
Attractions &
Fun Things To Do
Danang and Central Vietnam attractions and sightseeing tours include:

  • Cham Museum
  • China Beach (one of Vietnam's most beautiful white sand beaches; U.S. troops found respite here during Vietnam war; site of "China Beach" 1980s TV show)
  • Citadel (Hoang Thanh)
    including Flag Tower, Ngo Mon Gate, Thai Hoa Palace, Forbidden Citadel (Purple Forbidden City was the Royal Family home until 1945)
  • Hoi Ann (historic ancient town)
  • Hue (former Imperial Capital of Vietnam)
  • Marble Mountain
  • Perfume River Boat Ride
  • Thien Mu Pagoda (tallest pagoda in Vietnam, overlooking the Perfume River)

When To Visit Vietnam
Vietnam's tropical climate is quite diverse, varying from region to region (south, north, central). Busy times are July-August and during the Tet holiday (Christmas/New Year celebrations). July thru' November can bring storms and typhoons.

If you have time after your Vietnam visit, plan a trip to Cambodia and see the magnificent world-famous temple of Angkor Wat.

Transportation & Airports

Noi Bai International Airport
Hanoi, Vietnam

Biggest Airport in Northern Vietnam

Danang International Airport
Danang, Vietnam (DAD)

Biggest Airport in Central Vietnam

Tan Son Nhat International Airport
Ho Chi Minh City Airport (SGN) Vietnam

Biggest Airport in Southern Vietnam

Other airports in Vietnam


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Halong Bay, Vietnam - one of Vietnam's most spectacular natural wonders - © B. Miller

Bonnie climbing out of Cu Chi Tunnels in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), Vietnam - © B. Miller

Market at Hoi Ann - historic anicent town in Central Vietnam - © B. Miller

Tour group photo in front of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - © B. Miller

Bob & Bonnie at Market inHoi Ann, historic ancient town in Central Vietnam - © B. Miller

Bonnie inside the boat at Halong Bay, Vietnam - © B. Miller

Bonnie with view of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in the background, Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), Vietnam - © B. Miller

Cu Chi Tunnel map, Vietnam - © B. Miller

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