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. Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) has French colonial landmarks, plus Vietnamese War history museums andthe Củ Chi tunnels, used by Viet Cong soldiers.
Hội An is known for its mix of architectural styles and eras, including the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge. Huế has the massive Citadel, built by the Nguyen Dynasty. The Mekong Delta, a maze of rivers and islands, has floating markets and Khmer pagodas. Junk boat tours and sea kayaking expeditions traverse the calm waters of Hạ Long Bay, home to thousands of towering limestone islands. The beach resorts of Phú Quốc Island, Nha Trang and Mũi Né offer diving, sunbathing and water sports, while the northern mountains around Sapa are a trekking destination.