Vietnam is a sensory treat, from picture book rural scenery and glorious coastal stretches of white sand, to vibrant urban adventures. This go-ahead place pays homage to its 20th-century turbulence with a few poignant sites, but it has long since moved on in spirit, evolving into an impressively booming nation. In the north, Hanoi offers a fix of French colonial charm, from there trek among hill tribes in the Tonkin mountains. Heading south don’t miss the former imperial capital of Hue and the ancient town of Hoi An. South again, make for Nha Trang and some of the best beaches. Near the southern tip explore the villages and floating life of the Mekong Delta then visit heady, hooting Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon). And wherever you are you’ll feast - on street food, aromatic pancakes, delicious pho noodle soups and more.