Yes, it's still a (more or less) communist country, but it's also a lovely corner of Southeast Asia with truly enchanting scenery; tasty cuisine; nice beaches; plenty of exotic architecture,  historic sites, and buzzing cities including Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).

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10 of the coolest experiences you can have in Vietnam

This scintillating southeast Asian country is renowned for its many historic temples, colonial architecture, geological wonders, fine beaches, and mouthwatering cuisine, but Vietnam also offers plenty of cool experiences - some of which are unusual, and several of which you can´t even have elsewhere. Despite years of colonialism, then war, then modernisation, there remain parts of Vietnam which remains relatively authentic, where locals make great efforts to preserve many traditions and…

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The top 10 must-see spots of Vietnam

Stretching 1,650 kilometers (1,030 miles) from the Tonkin Gulf to the South China Sea, Vietnam is a land of ancient culture and staggering natural beauty, of lovely beaches and exciting cities, of enticing culture and cuisine. A visitor could spend years exploring all its fascinating places and peoples, but here's a list of the top ten, according to the website Touropia: read post

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Ninh Binh province a lovely day tour from Hanoi

If you're visiting Vietnam's capital, be sure to set aside time for a couple of day trips out of the city. And one you shouldn't miss is one to Ninh Binh province, about an hour by train, bus, or car (if you don't want to travel independently, tour operators run packaged day trips). In contrast with bustling Hanoi, Ninh Binh in the Red River Delta is famous for its peaceful tranquility and scenery, especially the sheer limestone karst hills rising around the river - a UNESCO World Heritage Site…

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Enjoying autumn on Phu Quoc island

Located in the Gulf of Thailand off the coast of Cambodia, Vietnam's 222-square-mile Phú Quốc is home to around 107,000 people and is famous for pristine, clean beaches, rated as some of the most beautiful in the world. Especially in the fall, this place it's considered a paradise for visitors because of its wonderful harmony of warm temperatures and lush scenery. Some destinations not to be missed on an autumn tour of Phú Quốc island: read post

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