At the heart of Saigon there are plenty of European-style buidings, a legacy to the long rule of the French in Vietnam
The Notre Dam cathedral
A church in Cholon - Saigon's Chinatown
This church was the final hideout of the South Vietnamese president Ngo Dinh Diem during a coup in 1962. He surrendered, and was executed on the way back to the city centre
A market in Cholon
Interested in some dried shrimps?
Chinese temples in Cholon
The Reunification Palace, formerly the seat of the Republic of South Vietnam government, and after 1975 a museum commemorating the reunification of North and South Vietnam
Through this gate the North Vietnam's army tanks entered the palace ground, in what was the final scene of the Vietnam War. The dramatic pictures were broadcasted live to the whole world
Inside the palace. The rooms served for meetings and entertaining foreign diplomats
A helicopter, to serve for the evacuation of the South Vietnam president in case of emergency
While in the basement was this bunker. From here the Vietnam War was directed by the government of the South
This is already around the city of Da Lat. It is situated in the mountains, 7 hours ride from Saigon. The city is a popular holiday destination for Vietnamese, especially newly wed couples on a honeymoon
Da Lat's university. The many students give the city a vibrant feeling
Da Lat was developed by the French. The European influence is evident!
A typical French villa
Some beautiful places in the mountains
A lake in Da Lat
This is a beautiful artificial lake, not far from Da Lat
And a beautiful pagoda right by the shore
Da Lat's "Crazy House" - it serves as a hotel, though I wonder what person would want to stay there!
Da Lat's market. The area's temperate climate means that fruits and vegetables are in wide abundance. The food in the city was absolutely delicious!
A beautiful cathedral in Da Lat
This is already Nha Trang, a poupular beach destination
A cathedral in Nha Trang
A Chinese temple
A look from the top of the hill on to the city
A traditional Vietnamese house
A Cham temple. The Cham people once had their own independent kingdom in what is now Central Vietnam. Today they are scattered all over Cambodia and Vietnam, but still retain their own culture
Beautiful scenery north of Nha Trang
A village north of Nha Trang
This is Doc Let beach - a pretty beach with an even prettier fisherman village right on the shore
Salt fields around Doc Lot
Doc Let's temple
There were plenty of traditional, beautiful houses in the village
Fishermen use these round small boats to travel from the shore to their fishing boats
The beautiful old city of Hoi An
Beautiful examples of traditional architecture. Walking around the old part of Hoi An is like walking in an open-air museum.
Inside a 300-years-old house
A market in Hoi An
Interested in buying some chickens?
A scene possible only in Vietnam...
Chinese temples. Each Chinese community in Hoi An - Cantonese, Fukienese, Hainanese - built its own temple
French colonial-style architecture in Hoi An
More examples of traditional architecture
Travelling by boat to a nearby village
Rural scenery around Hoi An
An old well - still in use!
This bridge was build by the Japanese community in Hoi An in the 17th century. It is Hoi An's symbol
This is already the old quarter of Hanoi - Vietnam's capital
A temple in the old quarter
A stamps shop
The old quarter's only gate still intact
Traditionally, in each street of the old quarter, different merchandize was sold. In this street, shops selling traditional Chinese decorations still dominate.
A church in Hanoi
The old quarter's architecture
Hoan Kiem Lake - this is Hanoi's symbol
Getting ready for Tet - the Vietnamese new year
The Vietnamese equivalent of a Christmas tree - a must in every Vietnamese house!