- Hoi An Try herb-rich dishes and unique creations like banh bao and banh xeo, then take a cooking course.
- Hanoi An endlessly tasty street-food scene including bun cha, sticky-rice creations and crab noodle soup.
- Ho Chi Minh City Foodie paradise: roadside stalls, swish gourmet restaurants, to-die-for Vietnamese eateries and international cuisine.
- Minority Flavors Taste H’mong, Tay and Muong ethnic minority food at specialist restaurants like Quan Kien and The Hill Station.
- Hue This city is famous for its complex imperial cuisine tradition, but is also great for a casual bite.
- Bac Ha One of the most colorful markets in Southeast Asia where you can see the unique costumes of the Flower H’mong.
- Mekong Delta’s Floating Markets Early birds get to catch the delta’s panoply of river markets, selling everything from durian to dog meat.
- Sinho Experience an authentic minority market in this isolated highland town, which now has a good new hotel.
- Ben Thanh Market HCMC’s most famous and most central market is a hive of activity.
Remote & Hidden
- Ha Giang Crammed with jaw-dropping scenery, this rugged area abuts Vietnam’s northern border with China.
- HCMC Tours Sample food from the backstreets, speed on Vespas along alleys and dig out the city’s hidden pockets.
- Ganh Da Dia An isolated coast-line boasting empty beaches, lonely fishing villages and impressive sand dunes.
- Phu Dien Buried in sand dunes for centuries, this small Cham temple is surrounded by magnificent coastal scenery.
- Bai Dram Trau A half-moon crescent of pale sand, bookended by forest-topped rocky promontories on the Con Dao Islands.
Tombs & Temples:
- Hue Vietnamese emperors built dazzling monuments around this city. Don’t miss the tombs of Tu Duc and Minh Mang.
- My Son Unquestionably the most impressive Cham site; the forested hilltop location is very special too.
- Hanoi Come face-to-face with history in Ho Chi Minh’s austere mausoleum.
- Cao Dai Great Temple A brightly colored, magnificent hybrid of Chinese temple. Islamic mosque and Christian cathedral.
- Jade Emperor Pagoda Taoism and Buddhism achieve a notable fusion at HCMC’s most famous temple.
- Mui Ne Squeaky sands along the shore, towering sand dunes nearby and expanses of empty beaches up the coast.
- Quan Lan Island Join friendly Vietnamese families for beer and seafood on sleepy Minh Chau beach.
- Nha Trang Flop on the inviting sands, then explore the bay’s islands by boat.
- Con Dao Islands We suggest a self-imposed exile of at least three nights.
- Phu Quoc Island Long Beach is the natural choice, but Sao Beach has beautiful sand, sapphire waters and fewer people.
- Lan Ha Bay Kayak to hidden sandy coves amid the karst labyrinths of this spectacular bay.
IF YOU LIKE…..CAVES
- Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park is simply in a class of its own. It contains the world’s largest cave.
- Road Trips
- Mai Pi Leng Pass Negotiate this mountainous route from Dong Van to Meo Vac cut into a narrow pass high above the Nho Que River.
- Phu Quoc Island Straddle a motorbike to tame the red-dirt distances of this island.
- Mekong Delata Whiz about the delta, hopping abroad the occasional ferry when you run out of road.
- Ho Chi Minh Highway Forgo Hwy 1 for a while: this inland route is light on traffic and big on scenery.
- Spectacular Treks
- Hang Son Doong For the ultimate finale, hike through pristine mountain and valley trails to the world’s largest cave.
- Sapa Join chatty H’mong guides to explore the ethnic minority villages around Sapa, framed by cascades of verdant rice terraces.
- Mai Chau Take-it-easy trekking in spectacular scenery around sleepy Mai Chau