Vietnam was under Chinese control for a thousand years before becoming a nation-state in the 10th century. Successive dynasties flourished along with geographic and political expansion deeper into Southeast Asia, until it was colonized by the French in the mid-19th century. Efforts to resist the French eventually led to their expulsion from the country in the mid-20th century, leaving a nation divided politically into two countries. Bitter fighting between the two sides continued during the Vietnam War, ending with a communist victory in 1975.
Vietnam has become a major tourist destination since the 1990s, assisted by significant state and private investment particularly in coastal regions. Popular tourist destinations include the former imperial capital of Hue, Hoi An and My Son, coastal regions such as Nha Trang, the caves of Ha Long Bay and the Marble Mountains.
Category : Travel Photography
Locations : Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hue, Da Nang, Hoi An, Saigon & The Mekong Delta