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Pirates or tourists?  
   

Pirates or tourists?

The boats sailing through Halong Bay create an old world atmosphere
Vietnam

October 11th 2007
We didn't quite know what to expect of Vietnam, some people we had met had raved about it, while others were much less enthusiastic. What we had gathered was the touts in Vietnam were particularly aggressive. Our first day showed us quite a bit of this. Our first step was to find a taxi or van that would take us up the hill from the border town of Lao Cai to the old hill station Sa Pa. After w ... read more
Asia » Vietnam

Vietnamese Flag The conquest of Vietnam by France began in 1858 and was completed by 1884. It became part of French Indochina in 1887. Independence was declared after World War II, but the French continued to rule until 1954 when they were defeated by Communist forc... ... read more
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