Vietnam is well known, unfortunately, for its bloody history of war which can still be felt in many ways even today.
Nowadays however, Vietnam is also a country that has flung open its doors to tourism, and as such is well traveled path for those exploring Southeast Asia. It’s not difficult to see why, with Vietnam’s vast geography that encompasses everything from sandy beaches, to lofty rice paddies, river cruises, and charming rural towns.
Top picks in Vietnam
The delightful capital city of Vietnam, Hanoi, is often considered one of the best locations in the entire country, and can be a great place to kick off your trip. The city has a relaxed and rather Gallic vibe with French cafes and bakeries that spill out onto the streets, as well as the rabbit warren of the Old Quarter where you will find local businesses selling traditional wares.
Moving on from Hanoi, obvious choices are Halong Bay, home of the famous limestone karst formations, as well as the hill station of Sapa, where you will find lush rice paddies and gorgeous mountain scenery.
Also a firm favorite on the traveler trail is the delightful town of Hoi An, known for its tailors if you are in the market for some new clothes.
If you are more of a beach lover, then Vietnam will also not disappoint with sandy beaches and sunsets in Mui Ne, which has a range of accommodation options to suit both backpackers and high end travelers.