I found getting around relative straightforward. English is widely spoken in restaurants and hotels in the southern part of the country, and booking transport is less testing than in many other places.
Also, if you're interested in documentary photography, I'd recommend you take a trip to the War Remnants Museum (on Duong Vo Van Tan in Ho Chi Minh City's District 3) and view the powerful war images shown there. Spare a thought for the experiences of the photographers who covered the conflict, and those who lost their lives.
All told, Vietnam is a rewarding place to visit. The vibrant colours, smiling faces and streets bobbing with conical hat wearing women are just some of the highlights await camera carrying travellers.
Tourist information on Vietnam is available on the wwww.vietnamtourism.com
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