"Tampa_Shawn Visits Vietnam" Top 5 Page for this destination Vietnam by tampa_shawn

Vietnam Travel Guide: 12,762 reviews and 32,109 photos

Vietnam – Gets my vote for the Top Travel Destination in 2003

Now is the perfect time to visit Vietnam. The tourist infrastructure is in place so tourists have easy access to transportation, hotels, restaurants and bathroom facilities and while at the same time being still uncorrupted by tourism.

The country is amazingly different and exotic. It’s an inexpensive destination to visit. The land is lush and beautiful. The Vietnamese people themselves are absolutely charming.

Its also an amazingly safe place to travel…even for single American women!

Friends if your not looking for travel tips you'll find the most interesting pictures and stories under my travelogue pages and in the Local Custom travel tips

My father was a military photographer who was stationed in Vietnam during the "American War" (what the "Vietnam War" is called in Vietnam) and many of my earliest memories center around the war and its impacts on the Vietnamese people and my family. Because of this many of my pages are geared to the courageous men who served in this war (and if your like me people who are interested in history)

Vets will be interested in:
"My dad's Vietnam"

"Hanoi Hilton - Hoa Lo Prison & POW Release (my family was in Hawaii and was there to greet the POWs...my mother and I gave them leis and Cracker Jacks and I have pictures)

My father also two mini movie for the Vietnam Vets that shows both his own and other people's pictures of 1969 Saigon and even features Armed Forces Vietnam Broadcasts as the background music.

Here is another video my dad made. This one is made from the pictures he took at the Tan Son Nhut AFB when he was in Vietnam in 1969. This will bring back a ton of memories for the guys who were there since it really highlights the music, sounds and the military base itself. The music and background sounds he chose are amazing and really adds to the presentation. The people show are either my dad, the people he worked or lived with or local people of interest (like the bikini clad weather girl).

Vets will also be interested in this YouTube series that merges the Saigon during the war with the current Saigon:


If your mainly interested in seeing my pictures you may want to look at


STORIES OF MY TRIP ARE SCATTERED THROUGHOUT THE WEBSITE...be sure to note that I did a web page with travelogues, tips etc on most of the major cities in Vietnam. Here are a few favorites:

+ The Point and Eat Game - Eating Eyeballs, Snakes and Dogs!???

+ Exotic Vietnamese Customs

+ My Trip Highlights (I am still working on writing these and linking them to the various pages)

+ The Sights and Sounds of Saigon at Night

IF YOU ARE A VIETNAM VET or like me a child of a Vet you will enjoy looking at the following pages...

+ Dad's Vietnam 1968 - 1969

+ The Hanoi Hilton, Communist Propaganda

+ Saigon, Still here after all these years

The website has tons of pictures and is ready to view, but since I just got back from Vietnam at the end of Nov 2003 I am still actively writing up stories and editing spelling etc. So look now and also come back later so you can see the new info.

I have built pages for all the major cities so look at my TRAVEL PAGES to see all the pictures and stories

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful country, wonderful people, a great experience
  • Cons:Its a long plane ride from the US
  • In a nutshell:Go Now...Go Soon...Before it changes
  • Last visit to Vietnam: Oct 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Dec 30, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    I enjoyed reading your perceptive tips on Vietnam. I had a tour of duty there 1964-65. Thirty years later I went back with my older son for another look.

  • magor65's Profile Photo
    Feb 2, 2008 at 12:41 PM

    Wonderful pages on Vietnam. I especially enjoyed your local customs tips. Hope to try pho while in Vietnam in a couple of weeks.

  • percy961's Profile Photo
    Aug 31, 2004 at 8:19 PM

    Great photo and informative Travelogue.

  • Yubert's Profile Photo
    Feb 18, 2004 at 4:01 PM

    Got to agree with MCharlton. Very good info and tips, and excellent t-log pics!

  • mcharlton's Profile Photo
    Dec 17, 2003 at 9:03 PM


  • Dec 11, 2003 at 10:41 AM

    Hi Shawn These are wonderful pictures. Except that I see no people in military uniform, it looks alot like it did in the mid 60's. Good of you to spend all this time document your trip for us to enjoy.

  • DeoPitt's Profile Photo
    Dec 11, 2003 at 7:31 AM

    Shawn, Great pages! I look forward to seeing more!

  • Fondest_Memories's Profile Photo
    Oct 21, 2003 at 5:30 PM

    Hi Shawn, I'm truly looking forward to reading about your experience in Vietnam. Have a fun and safe trip.


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