Brushing off the legacy of its tempestuous past, Vietnam today is known as a nation rich in culture, steeped in history and blessed with some of Asia's most dramatic and diverse landscapes.
Stretching the length of the Indochina Peninsula - a total of 1,650km - Vietnam reaches from the cultural heartland in northern Hanoi and the Red River Delta, to the bountiful Mekong Delta in the far south, where floating markets overflow with the region's rich produce. Central Vietnam boasts many of the country's cultural highlights, featuring ancient Hindu civilisations, imperial cities, and once-great trading ports. The country's lush and mountainous hinterland is home to minority groups comprising 14% of the population, many of whom still proudly wear elaborate headdresses and traditional dress made from colourful woven cloth.
Whether trekking through the lush rice terraces of the north, cruising through enchanting vistas in Halong Bay and the Mekong Delta, relaxing on Con Dao's deserted beaches or zipping along Ho Chi Minh's colonial boulevards on the back of a vintage Vespa, you'll be captivated by Vietnam.