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Location - South East Asia; Capital - Hanoi; Population - 88 million; Currency - Dong

A bus and shared taxi from Nanning, China preceded my arrival in Hanoi, in September 1999.


vietnote500 Vietnamese Dong











viet1Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi



viet2Posing for the camera, Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi




viet2aTran Quoc pagoda on West Lake, Hanoi
















viet3The old quarter of Hanoi




















viet4Mobile clothes shop or taking home the laundry? Hanoi


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viet5Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum, Hanoi



viet6The Presidential Palace of Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi
















viet7Site of the 'Hanoi Hilton' (aka Hoa Loa prison) where US prisoners of war were held during the Vietnam War, Hanoi















viet8Hanoi barber at work



viet9Remnants of American aircraft, Hanoi



viet12Entrance to the 19th century Citadel at Hue, home to emperors of the Nguyen dynasty
















viet13The Austin car belonging to the Buddhist monk who set himself on fire in Saigon in 1963, protesting against Buddhist discrimination by the government of the time. Hue















viet14The Royal Tombs of the Nguyen dynasty, an enjoyable bike ride from Hue



viet15The Royal Tombs near Hue



viet16Site of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that separated North and South Vietnam between 1954 and 1975















viet17Former Khe Sanh airstrip, which was a US base during the war - DMZ tour















viet19The Vinh Moc tunnels were used as living quarters by villagers during the war - DMZ tour



viet20China Beach, between Hue and Hoi An
















viet21Hoi An's old quarter



viet22Welcome to Vietnam! Hoi An



viet23One of my favourites - I waited for the boat to emerge from beneath a bridge in Hoi An
















viet25From the same bridge in Hoi An - I think it's called Cam Nam bridge
















viet24Vietnamese students in traditional dress, Hoi An



viet26Getting very drunk on Mama Hanh's tour, Nha Trang
















viet27Preparing for a Buddhist ceremony, near Nha Trang
















viet28Former US embassy, famed for a helicopter lift in 1975 during the fall of Saigon to the North Vietnamese, Ho Chi Minh City



viet28aNotre Dame cathedral in Ho Chi Minh (Saigon)



viet29The Viet Cong's tunnel system at Cu Chi
















viet31Cu Chi tunnels - they have been widened for tourism. The photo above gives you a better impression of the claustrophobic space they operated in















viet32The Caodai Great Temple at Tay Ninh. It's some building..



viet33Inside the Temple at Tay Ninh. Caodaism has around 2 million followers in southern Vietnam



viet34The Mekong Delta near Mytho
















viet35Akiko and Yoko, Mekong Delta
















viet36Lovely scenery in the Mekong Delta



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