The Socialist Republic of Vietnam lives in southeast Asia, with mighty China to the north and Laos and Cambodia to the west. Its long, easterly coastline is flanked by the South China Sea.
Forget the stereotypes of Vietnam that come out of Hollywood: today’s Vietnam is vibrant, fascinating, beautiful and fun. Yet it is still complex. Politically, Vietnam has fought off the Americans, the Chinese, the Japanese and the French over the last few centuries but the 21st century has seen stability and an extended welcome for foreign visitors.
Vietnam’s landscape is thrilling, from the Red River Delta in the north of the country to the Mekong Delta in the south, plus fields and fields of fresh green rice paddies. Vietnam also has miles and miles of tropical beaches and it serves up street food that bursts with sizzling flavours.
Travel here can sometimes be a challenge, but it’s far from impossible.
Home to the capital Hanoi and indigenous hill tribes.
Features Hue, home to the kings and Hoi An, an old seaside town.
Forest-covered hills, tribes and elephants.
Home to former Saigon, now Ho Chi Minh City, and the resplendent Mekong Delta.
Travel in a circular boat and watch traders deal on floating markets on this incredible waterway.
Visit hill tribe villages in the north of the country.
Risk it all by joining the crowds in Ho Chi Minh City or gear up and cycle the length of the country.
The American War Crimes Museum
For another perspective on one of the most controversial conflicts of the 20th century.
Trek across Titop Island for a great view of Halong Bay.
Taste and try it all, wherever you find it!
Explore travel tips & travel diaries - For Travelers, By Travelers. Find hostels, backpackers, b&b's, hotels and other accommodations on Traveldudes.