Planning a family side trip to Ha Long Bay in Vietnam–with a toddler and an infant–seemed tricky until we booked a one-night Ha Long Bay cruise.
Even though the Thang Long Imperial Citadel of Hanoi has earned UNESCO World Heritage Site status, the actual site has little, if any, visible remnants of its former stature as the imperial capital of Vietnam. What is left is mostly the colonial administration buildings built by the French in the 19th Century.
The first Vietnam travel tip: shop at the local markets. The challenge for Vietnam visitors like us–Americans old enough to have lived through the war or at least to recall the nightly news [...]
Although the American-Vietnam war has been over for more than forty years, sometimes it's still a bit hard to escape. The reminders are there everywhere there is an exhibit of any sort.