I spent 10 days in Vietnam in second half of January í20, as part of Indochina Tour. Country is rich with turbulent history and many interesting sites. Iconic Ha Long Bay was disappointment because of cloudy weather (if you are photographer, you need to go there in October), but everything else was simply majestic. I was lucky that my visit coincided with Chinese New Year as everything was so much more colorful and overall atmosphere very cheerful.
Hue, with Tu Duc Necropolis, Thien Mu Pagoda and Presidential Palace blew me away. Hoi An old town with many restaurants and Chinese Temples was rich and vibrant, and finally Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon was nothing I expected; it is a modern metropolis with level of pollution below Southeast Asia average. War Remnants Museum, Reunification Palace and Downtown Waterfront by Bitexco Tower are a must see!
Here is photo story:
[Ancient Pagoda Wall Illuminated by Night with Lilly Lagoon in Hoi An Old Town]
[Asian Girl in Vietnam Ethnic Clothing and conical hat in Hoi An Old Town with shoulder pole, wood or bamboo stick used in Asia for load carrying]
[Blue Austin Car in which Buddhist Monk Thich Quang Duc was driven to Saigon in 1963, and burned himself in protest against the Diem Regime. Exposition inside historic Thien Mu Pagoda, or Pagoda of the Celestial Lady, UNESCO World Heritage Site in Hue]
[Phuoc Duyen tower of Thien Mu Pagoda or Pagoda of the Heavenly Woman or Pagoda of the Celestial Lady, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Hue]
[Bonsai Tree with Strong Roots and Green Foliage growing out of Porcelain Vase against the flower garden background inside Hue Imperial Palace]
[Tu Duc Imperial Necropolis Tomb Architecture Detail in Hue]
[Flower Vase, Buddhist Incense and Fruit Dish Arrangement Detail in Tu Duc Royal Tomb Necropolis Gardens in Hue]
[Backside View by Night of Imposing Vietnam President Statue in Ho Chi Minh City Center, formerly Saigon, in front of City Hall]
[Chinese New Year Celebration on Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street in Ho Chi Minh City with Bitexco Tower Building behind Spiral Wheel Flags Structure]
[Antique US Army Gas Masks behind glass window in War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City]
[Old Guillotine in Ho Chi Minh City War Remnants Museum Torture Chamber]
[Vincom Center Tower Building, largest shopping Mall in Ho Chi Minh City, with flagship stores of many International Luxury brands]
Many more high-res on a personal photo site here