Vietnam is a Southeast Asian country on the South China Sea known for its beaches, rivers, Buddhist pagodas and bustling cities. Hanoi, the capital, pays homage to the nation’s iconic Communist-era leader, Ho Chi Minh, via a huge marble mausoleum. Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) has French colonial landmarks, plus Vietnamese War history museums and the Củ Chi tunnels, used by Viet Cong soldiers.and Belitung. Sandy beaches with large granite rock formations include Tanjung Tinggi Beach on Belitung island. Belitung’s Tanjung Kelayang Beach is a jumping-off point for Lengkuas Island, with its coral reef, colorful fish and colonial Dutch-built lighthouse.