This long, skinny country on the shores of the South China Sea holds a special place in our hearts. Maybe it’s because we were joined there for a month by a dear friend and her 10-month-old daughter. Maybe it’s because of the wonderful food (the most vegetable-friendly in Southeast Asia), or the unexpectedly beautiful scenery, or the friendliness we encountered when traveling with a baby. Or maybe it was the chance to replace dim childhood memories of the Vietnam War with images of a vibrant, colorful, thriving country at peace.

When we visited

February and March 2015

Major stops

Hanoi, Tam Coc, Phong Nha National Park, Hue, Hoi An

Memorable Moment

Gliding down a river through a misty landscape of rice fields and limestone hills in a rowboat peddled by a woman with her feet

Did you know?

Regardless of their actual birthday, everyone in Vietnam turns one year older at Tet, the Vietnamese new year.

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