Things are very different in Vietnam.
Some Americans expect to get hit over the head when they step out of a plane here, but half the population has been born since the "American War" ended and about three-quarters of Vietnamese have no personal memory of this conflict. In any case, people were much friendlier here than during our travels anywhere in the West. Children are the last aristocrats in this country, and ours were spoiled mercilessly.
For our visit to Hanoi alone, one could create an extensive website. To keep things manageable though, here are just a few highlights.
Where all this is going you can see by looking at other dynamic Asian capitals, but we found historical Vietnam alive and well during our two major excursions, one to visit the hill tribes in the highlands near the Chinese border and one in the legendary Ha Long Bay area.