Vietnam - Southern Area

Countryside near Da Lat, a hill resort in the mountains north of Ho Chi Minh City (roughly two-thirds of the way to Cam Lam ('Cam Ranh') and Nha Trang. It became popular during French colonial times as an escape from the heat and humidity of Saigon. For those who remember the Vietnam War of the 1960s and 1970s, Cam Ranh Bay was, and remains, the site of a major naval base; until about 1973 it was used by the US and after 1975 it was used by the former USSR as their naval base in Vietnam, although with its collapse they left and the base  has fallen into a dilapidated state.
The main church of the Cao Dai religion at Tay Ninh, north-west of Ho Chi Minh City and very close to the border with Cambodia. The Cao Dai religion is of relatively recent origin (late 19th/early 20th C) and takes its creeds from three separate older belief systems - Taoism, Confucianism and Catholicism.
'Back Beach' at Vung Tau, a seaside resort, port and fishing port on the coast south-east of Ho Chi Minh City. There are some secluded beaches which are pleasant for an afternoon's relaxation.

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