Living: Welcome Back to Viet Nam

Returning natives and vets are booking package tours

Since last April, several hundred Americans have picked an unlikely vacation spot: Viet Nam. Among the travelers on one recent package tour was Paul Witteman, TIME's San Francisco bureau chief. A report on his adventures follows:

The photos in the travel brochure promise exotic scenes of rare beauty: coarse sand beaches curve seamlessly toward the horizon; delicate, silk-draped women smile alluringly. But upon landing at an eerily empty Tan Son Nhut airport, there is no escaping the stark reminders of conflicts past: the olive-drab Chinook helicopters, C-130s and C-47s lie cheek by cowl off the tarmac. This is no Club Med....

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