If you are considering a visit to Vietnam, don’t hesitate. Our family’s three-month stay there turned out to be one of the most enriching experiences of our travels in Southeast Asia.
When I hear, “Saigon,” I immediately think “Fall of Saigon,” as in that last day in April, 1975, when the People’s Army of Vietnam and the VietCong (both on the side of North Vietnam) captured Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam, thereby ending the American-Vietnam War and reunifying Vietnam under communist rule.
When we planned our visit to Vietnam, I admit that I didn’t know much about this culturally rich country other than they make great Pho (noodle soup) and were part of a massive thorn in America’s political-historical side: the Vietnam War. My only impressions came from the many Hollywood movies that I’d seen about that […]