Highlights of Vietnam
Founded in 1010, many architectural features of Hanoi have been preserved, with beautiful 1,000-year-old buildings providing an eclectic mix with modern new developments. Hanoi's Old Quarter is a particular treat for history-loving travellers with popular sites such as One-Hill Pagoda, Ngoc Son Temple and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Hanoi is also the gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Halong Bay, one of Southeast Asia's most dramatic cruise destinations.
A UNESCO World Heritage town, Hoi An offers an intriguing combination of natural beauty and rich history thanks to remaining free from major development. Once one of the most important trading ports of Southeast Asia, Hoi An's narrow lanes, colourful houses and unique sites - such as the 17th century Japanese Bridge - make it a fascinating region to explore on foot or by bike.
Ho Chi Minh City
Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam's commercial centre and bustles appropriately as one of the liveliest cities in Southeast Asia. Although progress has changed the city, Ho Chi Minh's new identity has retained an abundance of old-world charm. Home to approximately 9 million people, Ho Chi Minh City's frenetic pace and energy subsides in the surrounding regions, which also offer unique places of interest such as the Cu Chi Tunnels used by the Viet Cong.