Introducing the country

As the underdog in the war with the USA, Vietnam has become a symbol of resilience and hope. A phoenix risen from the ashes, this small country in Southeast Asia has proven that wi...

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As the underdog in the war with the USA, Vietnam has become a symbol of resilience and hope. A phoenix risen from the ashes, this small country in Southeast Asia has proven that with great devastation comes the opportunity to rebuild, re-energise and re-ignite a nation that was for years divided. 

With a population of 94 million, Vietnam is a busy place. Its population has grown rapidly in the last 50 years and it has quickly become popular with travellers who seek a country with character - think history, biodiversity, sublime scenery and distinct dishes. Like its neighbours Cambodia, Laos and China, Vietnam is loved by those who enjoy the outdoors, wish to explore the undiscovered and want to throw themselves into a unique culture.

If you're intrigued to see how the country recovered from the devastating effects of the Vietnam War, head to the thriving Ho Chi Minh City. For a sensory overload visit the bustling streets of Hanoi. If you're after rice paddies, floating markets and remote villages, place the Mekong Delta at the top of your list. And don't forget Ha Long Bay if you're looking for that postcard-perfect scenery.

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Best way to get around

Bus

State buses are gradually being upgraded especially on the more popular tourist routes. However, breakdowns and long waits for meal breaks are common so be prepared. 

Rail

If you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the Vietnamese streets take a train. Journeys can be picturesque and you'll avoid the careless collisions that happen on the roads everyday. 

Scooter/Motorbike

Roads are hectic, dangerous and chaotic but if you can brave the traffic, riding across the country on scooter or motorbike can be one of the best experiences of your life. Plus, they are incredibly cheap to buy.