Vietnam is the largest and most populated of the three Indo-Chinese
countries only now emerging from decades of conflict and returning to economic
growth. The fascinating cities of the country reflect an ancient history and
great cultural traditions as well as the reminders of the French colonial and
American War still much in evidence.
The northern capitol of Hanoi retains its traditional character with
pagoda-filled lakes and back streets devoted to particular crafts, like stone
carving, cobbling and goldsmiths.
Ho Chi Minh Ville (Saigon), a fascinating blend of oriental and western
influences evoking more recent memories of tranquillity set amidst the turmoil
of its many wars. Between the two there is some of the most spectacular rural
scenery in Asia.