The list of highlights is impressive; this is a country that boasts something for everyone. Due to the shape of Vietnam, you will benefit from starting at one end and finishing in the other and it is just as easy to travel in one direction as the other.
Were you to start in the north you would fly into the city of Hanoi where you can adjust to your new time zone and explore the exciting new culture. Most would then include a stop in Halong Bay, staying on a traditional junk, before travelling south to the imperial city of Hue and driving along the stunning Hai Van pass to Hoi An, for many a highlight of their journey in Vietnam. Alternatively you may wish to spend longer in the north enjoying time outdoors amongst some of Vietnam’s minority tribe’s people in Sapa, Ha Giang or to the south of Hanoi in the Mai Chau Valley, Ninh Binh or the Cuc Phuong National Park.
To the south of Hoi An you have yet more – your exit point from the country is likely to be by air out of Ho Chi Minh City unless you are going to travel through the Mekong Delta. Before that there are the deserted beaches of Quy Nhon in the centre or the southern beaches of Phan Thiet & Mui Ne or the islands of Phu Quoc and Con Dao. There is also the less travelled Central Highlands of Vietnam to consider, the site of many of the most infamous battles during the late 60’s and 70’s. Dalat is the ideal entry point to the region and this charming hill station usually captivates your attention for a day or two before you move on. We did say travel in Vietnam has something for everyone right?!