Ha Long Bay
Vietnam is a country of contrasts, where loud, vibrant cities sit within touching distance of calm oceans and rising limestone karsts.
Experience city life, where thousands of motorbikes make crossing the road feel like a game of life and death. Yet, this is strangely loveable and provides a true sense of local life. Add the sense of community, with craft-making families on the streets and friends bent over a steaming bowl of pho. This will make you fall in love with these urban jungles.
Leave the city behind and take on one of the motorbike loops, that worm through rice fields and coffee plantations. This is what put Vietnam on the foodie map. Eat your way through a country exploding with flavor, and join one of the many excellent cooking classes.
The more somber side to Vietnam is its hostile history, which is still there to see. Tributes, museums, and even architecture provide an insight into the country’s war-torn past. But it is this mix of history, culture, coasts, and landscapes, that makes Vietnam so special and rightly leaves a lasting impression that will never be forgotten.