Exciting cities, sleepy islands, and UNESCO-rated sights
Good morning, Vietnam
When it comes to tourism, Vietnam was a late bloomer. Countries like Thailand and India have hogged the spotlight for decades, but now people are starting to catch on. Holiday-wise, it’s got all angles covered, from top-rated food to all-action cities and chilled-out beaches.
Pick ‘n’ mix scenery
White sands, cloud-hugging mountains, pea-green rice terraces – it’s impossible to cubbyhole Vietnam’s charms. This place is knee-deep in jaw-dropping landscapes. Go from cruising craggy, limestone peaks in Halong Bay to hiking through hilltop villages in Sapa. Plus, it’s spot on for sunbathers, thanks to a string of take-it-easy tropical islands, like Phu Quoc.
Big city life
Mother Nature didn’t do all the work here. The country’s also got plenty of history to flaunt, too. Places like Hoi An and Hue have been given the UNESCO stamp of approval for their ancient builds. Meanwhile, Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi dole out an equal share of old and new. You’ve got modern shopping malls, time-warp markets and crazy traffic that’ll stop you in your tracks.