Where to go in Vietnam
List of regions
Although Ho Chi Minh City was renamed after its fall at the end of the Vietnam War, Vietnam's largest city is still known to most as Saigon.
The Central Highlands Region, Tan Nguyen, is often referred to as the backbone of Vietnam. Home to nearly half the ethnic minority groups, it's still relatively sparsely populated, with small villages among the vast landscapes.
Vietnam's central coast has a lot to offer. With a long, complex and important history, the region has been at the centre of conflict and power for centuries, but it is also home to splendid ancient ruins, emperors' palaces - such as those at Hue - and distinctly French colonial mansions.
The Mekong Delta is the ‘rice bowl of Asia', a rich agricultural land of waterways that supports nearly 18 million people who live and thrive among this matrix of canals.
Halong Bay is perhaps Vietnam's most beautiful site, an area of soaring cliffs and sparkling seas laced with ancient myth and legend.
Hanoi is Vietnam's compact capital. The city is small, historic and charming with ‘a blend of Parisian grace and Asian pace'.