"They say you come to Vietnam and you understand a lot in a few minutes, but the rest has got to be lived"
Prepare for sensory overload as you work your way through Vietnam’s long list of unmissable experiences.
Wrapped around Laos and Cambodia, Vietnam packs bustling cities, peaceful pagodas, lush jungle, mighty mountains and acres of rice paddies into its slender, serpentine land mass. Populated by the resourceful and optimistic Vietnamese people, it is hard to believe that the hardships this country has faced are still within living memory for many. Slow down to make the most of the traditional welcome in rural regions, or speed up in the exciting cities. Enjoy a cocktail atop a skyscraper while entire families zip around on scooters in the busy streets below, or watch the sunset as the fireflies come out to play on one of Vietnam’s many beaches.
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Lots to love
Pleasingly timeworn streets aglow with lanterns; a languid atmosphere; a culinary scene to rival any in the region; a tradition of bargain bespoke tailoring; and a stunning location. It may attract a steady stream of visitors, but Hoi An deserves its popularity - there’s lots to love here.
The Road Less Travelled
There are vast areas of the country that tourism barely touches. Try Ha Giang or the "Northwest Loop" for a taste of untouched Southeast Asia.
For keen hikers, the dramatic scenery and minority villages nestled amongst the peaks and paddy fields are tempting reasons to trek in this enchanting area.
A Bright Shining Lie by Neil Sheehan
The Quiet American by Graham Greene
The Sorrow of War by Bao Ninh
Valley of Death by Ted Morgan
Main international airports: Hanoi, Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Danang
Cost of a restaurant meal: As little as 2 USD
Cost of a beer: About 1.5 USD