Vietnam is rapidly emerging as one of Asia's most exciting new destinations. A peaceful, exotic and friendly country with a long, fascinating history, it's certainly one of the hidden gems in Asia. It boasts intriguing hilly scenery, lush green jungles, pristine beaches and the beautiful waters of the Mekong Delta. An array of beautiful architectural wonders with French, Chinese and Vietnamese characteristics offer an enchanting experience alongside the vibrancy of increasingly cosmopolitan cities.
Hanoi is the capital, situated in the north, often overshadowed by the country's previous capital and most modern city, Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon). It offers lakes, temples and French inspired architecture but largely lacks the museums and shopping of its southern rival.
Hanoi makes a great base for trips to Ha Long Bay - a UNESCO protected geological wonder.
Travel along the lengthy coast to experience the royal city of Hue, the protected treasure that is Hoi An and Vietnam's ultimate beach resort, Nha Trang, or cool off inland with hill tribes such as Dalat in the Central Highlands.