Vibrant Vietnam - 2007

Table of Contents INTRODUCTION ......................................................................................................................4

Vital Vietnam Facts................................................................................................................4

Government...........................................................................................................................5

A Little Relevant History ........................................................................................................5

HANOI ......................................................................................................................................7

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel .............................................................................................7

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum .....................................................................................................10

Busy Streets ........................................................................................................................13

Hoa Sua Training Restaurant ..............................................................................................16

Confucian Temple of Literature ...........................................................................................18

Water Puppet Show.............................................................................................................20

HALONG BAY ........................................................................................................................22

Country Scenes ...................................................................................................................22

The Ginger Junk ..................................................................................................................26

Cave Exploration .................................................................................................................29

Kayaking at Sunrise.............................................................................................................32

Buddhist Temple..................................................................................................................33

Serenity Humanity Beauty Center .......................................................................................34

West Lake & John McCain .................................................................................................37

HUE ........................................................................................................................................38

Imperial City - Purple Forbidden City...................................................................................38

La Residence Resort and Spa.............................................................................................40

Perfume River Cruise ..........................................................................................................41

Tomb of Emperor Minh Mang ..............................................................................................43

Tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh ................................................................................................44

Monsoon Rains & Floods ....................................................................................................46

DA NANG ...............................................................................................................................47

Museum of Cham Sculpture ................................................................................................49

HOI AN ...................................................................................................................................52

Short History of the City.......................................................................................................52 2

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