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Alumni Travel Reading: Journey Through Vietnam


Saigon (HCMC) downtown skyline @ dusk, by daihocsi

Saigon is well known to Americans due to the Vietnam war, but this bustling city is also home to the energetic Ben Thanh Market, luxurious restaurants, and breathtaking architecture.

History and Literature

Black and white photo, exterior of building

Vietnamese Theater in Saigon - ca 1901, by George Lane

Welcome to Your Journey through Vietnam

River with low brush and grass, trees in distance

Beautiful Vietnam, by Joel Dinda

South-east Asia is one of the most culturally diverse and rich regions of the world. The complexity of its history and peoples is rivaled by the natural wealth. 139 new species of plants, animals, and fish were noted in the Mekong river basin alone just in 2014.


Selected and Annotated By:

Pushkar Sohoni
Area Studies Specialist for South Asia

Alixandra Boucher
Collections Assistant

For more information, visit the Penn Alumni Travel Website.

My Hanoi - Vietnam

My Hanoi - Vietnam, presented by Journeyman Pictures, 2008.

A look at the flourishing market and urbanization of the city of Hanoi in the competitive market of economies across all of Asia.

For more, take a look at Journeyman Picture's Youtube channel.

Travelers' Guides to Vietnam

Read More: New Species Discoveries in 2014

The mighty Mekong river delta (left Burma and right Laos), by Michel van. der. Linde

Watch More


Vietnamese Buddhist shrine

Hanoi, by sonnensüchtige


Hanoi is a city that has been inhabited for at least 3,000 years. Layers of Chinese and French culture creates a pastiche with the local Vietnamese. Sometimes called the Paris of the East because of its large tree-lined boulevards, Hanoi is also known for its Old Quarter, which has been inhabited for at least 1,000 years.

Art and Culture

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