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]
Date: August 8th 2006
I must apologise to those of you who have eagerly been anticipating this entry. I have been very busy, but here it is at long last, so need to worry!
Ho Chi Minh CityVietnam = Motorcycles. There are about 200 motorbikes to every car here. There are no conventional taxis, and to get across the city you have no choice but to jump on the back of some stranger's bike, and hold on for you ... read more