Xin Chao Vietnam | Where Past and Present are Blurred in Reality

The city of Hanoi never sleeps, the roads bustling with motorists. A ride through the city's streets will take you on a historic journey of the war the country has endured.

Vietnam | Where Past and Present are Blurred in Reality

The military museum in Hanoi displays American jets, bombers and tanks, captured by the Vietnamese during the war.

Vietnam | Where Past and Present are Blurred in Reality

The military museum in Hanoi displays American jets, bombers and tanks, captured by the Vietnamese during the war.

Vietnam | Where Past and Present are Blurred in Reality

The military museum in Hanoi displays American jets, bombers and tanks, captured by the Vietnamese during the war.

Vietnam | Where Past and Present are Blurred in Reality

Life goes on regardless in these parts, but the remnants of the crashed B-52 bomber serve as a grim reminder of Vietnam's dark past.

Vietnam | Where Past and Present are Blurred in Reality

The Truc Bach lake is another famed site in Hanoi, known best as the place where US politician and former navy aviator John McCain's B-52 bomber was shot down, and he was taken as a prisoner of war.

Vietnam | Where Past and Present are Blurred in Reality

The wing of a B-52 bomber which was shot down by the Vietnamese has been left behind in the Huu Tiep lake in Hanoi.

Vietnam | Where Past and Present are Blurred in Reality

The wing of a B-52 bomber which was shot down by the Vietnamese has been left behind in the Huu Tiep lake in Hanoi.

Vietnam | Where Past and Present are Blurred in Reality

These quiet places hidden in the clouds have several stories to tell through their land owners, most of whom have lived through the turbulent times of the Vietnam war.

Vietnam | Where Past and Present are Blurred in Reality

Even today, the rice fields deep into the Sa Pa Valley as well as Mai Châu district are filled with unexploded bombs and ordnances.

Vietnam | Where Past and Present are Blurred in Reality

Out on a walk along the paddy fields, one can spot farmers wearing military hats while tilling their land.

Vietnam | Where Past and Present are Blurred in Reality

Even today, the rice fields deep into the Sa Pa Valley as well as Mai Châu district are filled with unexploded bombs and ordnances.

Vietnam | Where Past and Present are Blurred in Reality

These quiet places hidden in the clouds have several stories to tell through their land owners, most of whom have lived through the turbulent times of the Vietnam war.

Vietnam | Where Past and Present are Blurred in Reality

A quaint homestay in Mai Châu valley has an exploded bomb shell on display. It is estimated that nearly 100,000 people have been injured or killed by bombs in these areas since the war ended in 1975.

Vietnam | Where Past and Present are Blurred in Reality

These quiet places hidden in the clouds have several stories to tell through their land owners, most of whom have lived through the turbulent times of the Vietnam war.

Vietnam | Where Past and Present are Blurred in Reality

Out on a walk along the paddy fields, one can spot farmers wearing military hats while tilling their land.

Vietnam | Where Past and Present are Blurred in Reality

Known for its scenic vistas and stunning landscape, Vietnam is also littered with remnants of a grim past, serving as a reminder of a brutal war that kept the country divided for 30 years until 1975. Even today, the rice fields deep into the Sa Pa Valley as well as Mai Châu district are filled with unexploded bombs and ordnances.

Vietnam | Where Past and Present are Blurred in Reality

More such structures are strewn along the Hai Van Pass, which is a 21km stretch rising along the coast in central Vietnam, named after the mists that rise from the sea, keeping visibility to a bare minimum.

Vietnam | Where Past and Present are Blurred in Reality

A Top Gear-style ride from the ancient town of Hoi An to Hue via the stunning Hai Van Pass rising up along the ocean had its own share of history, with an old French fort alongside the winding roads. The Americans and south Vietnamese used it as military bunkers during the height of the Vietnam war.