Landing in VIETNAM may no longer be secretive or suicidal, but you’ll still find a scary number of things to do and see in this diverse and developing country.
There are travellers of every age and type here. Many of them will be motorbiking the length of the country, many more will be budget-travelling on their gap year, but you’ll still find others who prefer to stick their straws in fresh coconuts and laze on the beach. This is a country which boasts over 3,260km of coastline, 30 national parks with some of the world’s largest caves, exports more coffee than any other place in the world and has more ‘foodie capitals’ than you could imagine.
While visitor numbers soar, hostels appear almost overnight and skyscrapers spurt in to the city skies. Yet socialist Vietnam, the one-party state, still has deep-rooted tribal traditions and rewarding local experiences to offer travellers. It’s a joy to travel and taste your way through this country, even when your bumpy bus encounters problems, when the Wi-Fi doesn’t exist, when you have to dodge rabid scooters on busy streets and even when the harrowing war-stories of humanity’s brutality are laid bare in front of you.