What comes to mind when you hear the word Vietnam? War? Conflict? Communism? Yes to all these things. But, hopefully you also think beauty, complexity, resilience. Vietnam has been on our list of places to see for a very long time. Long flight times and a general sense of fear had kept us at bay. Lucky for us, we were able to get beyond all that and what we found is a country that is amazing in its beauty, diversity and strength of its people. This has been one eye opening experience on the power of a people to recover from being torn to hell by many years of war and still be welcoming to the people who bombed the shit out of them. This country has embraced tourism and seems to be figuring out how to continue their traditions while propelling themselves into the 21st century and leaving years of conflict and rations behind.

Click on the images below to find more information on the areas we visited in Vietnam.