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Hanoi

History:

"The site where Hanoi stands today has been inhabited since the Neolithic period. Emperor Ly Thai To moved his capital here in AD 1010, naming it Thang Long (City of the Soaring Dragon)."

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History:

"Archaeological findings indicate that the early peoples of the Red River delta area may have been among the first East Asians to practice agriculture, and by the 1st century BC they had achieved a relatively advanced level of Bronze Age civilization."

Fun Facts and Trivia:

"Legend has it that the peoples of this land originated from a union between an immortal Chinese princess and “The Dragon Lord of the Seas.”"

Laws

Customs and Culture:

"Within the same tradition it is believed that after someone dies their spirit lives on. Descendents will "worship" their ancestors to ensure their good favour."

 

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Quick Facts: Entry & Exit, Safety & Security

Vaccinations: Routine vaccinations, Hepatitis A, Typhoid

Visas: Required

What to Pack: "If you would like to get access to pagodas and temples, modest below-the-knee clothing is a must. Despite the heat, local men and women dress quite conservatively, and you should be expected to do the same by covering your shoulders and legs, especially when visiting sacred places and government buildings. Avoid 100% cotton garments as you are likely to be too hot and uncomfortable – the perfect balance being a blend of Rayon and Polyester."

Halong Bay

History:

"Situated 102 miles southeast of Hanoi, the 580-square-mile area contains some 3,000 rocky and earthen islands, typically in the form of jagged limestone pillars jutting out from the sea, and several caves and grottoes, all of which blend together to produce an exotic and picturesque seascape. A diverse population of marine and land mammals, reptiles, fish, and birds are found in the waters and tropical forests."

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Ho Chi Minh City

History:

"Saigon was originally part of the kingdom of Cambodia and, until the 17th century, was a small port town known as Prey Nokor. As more and more settlers moved south it was absorbed by Vietnam and became the base for the Nguyen Lords. Saigon was captured by the French in 1859, and named the capital of Cochinchina a few years later. The city served as the capital of the Republic of Vietnam from 1956 until 1975, when it fell to advancing North Vietnamese forces and was renamed Ho Chi Minh City by the Hanoi government."

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When You Arrive

Water Safety: Drink bottled water

Money: Vietnamese Dong; Exchange Rate

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Resources

Tourist Information Site: Plan Your Trip

News & Events. Festivals. Destinations

 

Enjoy a Little Vietnam from Home

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Vietnam with Kids

Cheap and Free Things to Do

Events

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Chicken Noodle Soup

Hanoi Hilton & City Walk

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Halong Bay Tours

Halong Bay with Kids

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Junk Boat & Floating Village

Sailing, Swimming & Caves

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Twenty Reasons to Visit Ho Chi Minh City

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One Week in Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh City and Beyond

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