As first-time visitors to Viet Nam, we feel obliged to share our thoughts about the people we met as we travelled around.
The Ho Chi Minh Complex was well worth the long wait in the queue to get in. As we moved along, we interacted with the other visitors, who were all Vietnamese. The children were delightful and their parents were friendly and very pleasant.
During our stay we had wonderful and very knowledgeable tour guides and met quite a few young people. (At the "First University", or Temple of Literature, we saw a number of students rehearsing for their graduation.) All of these people seemed happy and content and very proud of their country and their heritage.
On one occasion I inadvertently overpaid for some purchases and was promptly given back the excess. On another, a driver took the trouble to find us in a restaurant to return parcels that we had mistakenly left in his taxi.
We consider the highlight of our visit to Ha Noi and Ha Long Bay not the museums or the cultural sites or the magnificent scenery, but the character and strength of the people.
With citizens such as the ones we encountered on our all-too-brief visit to Ha Noi, Viet Nam can only go from strength to strength.
Frank and Judith Fox