Vietnam is a Southeast Asian country with a population of more than 96 million people. It is well-known for its beaches, rivers, Buddhist pagodas, and vibrant cities. The capital, Hanoi, pays homage to the country's iconic Communist-era leader, Ho Chi Minh, with a massive marble mausoleum. Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, is home to French colonial landmarks, as well as Vietnamese War history museums and the Cu Chi tunnels, which were used by Viet Cong soldiers.
Vietnam in addition, is also a developing country with a lower-middle-income economy and one of the fastest growing economies in the twenty-first century, with GDP expected to rival that of developed nations by 2050. In 2017, Vietnam welcomed approximately 13 million tourists, an increase of 29.1 percent over the previous year, making it one of the world's fastest growing tourist destinations.