Woman asleep on the street, Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam was a country where America was trying to make people stop being communists by dropping things on them from airplanes.
— Kurt Vonnegut, Breakfast of Champions

Visiting Vietnam was one of my first experiences of travelling through an Asian country. I'd been to several different cities around Asia and had lived in Tokyo for some time. My time in Vietnam was different as I had the opportunity to see the differences as I travelled North from Ho Chi Minh city to Hanoi and Halong Bay.

My daughter, Leigh, was living in Hanoi at the time and this was my first real vacation after selling my company six months earlier. The images of that trip, over four years ago now are still as fresh in my mind as they were when I was there.

Stories, Images and 360˚ panoramas coming soon...

Vietnam officially the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. With an estimated 90.3 million inhabitants as of 2012, it is the world's 13th-most-populous country, and the eighth-most-populous Asian country. The name Vietnam translates as "Southern Viet" (synonymous with the much older term Nam Viet); it was first officially adopted in 1802 by Emperor Gia Long, and was adopted again in 1945 with the founding of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam under Ho Chi Minh. The country is bordered by China to the north, Laos to the northwest, Cambodia to the southwest, and the South China Sea to the east. Its capital city has been Hanoi since the reunification of North and South Vietnam in 1976.