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Top 10 things to do in Vietnam

A woman sat outside a lantern shop in Vietnam

1. Stroll through the lantern-lit old quarter in Hoi An at night and feel as if you've stepped back in time to when this picturesque town was an important medieval trading centre

Cyclo driver, Hanoi, Vietnam

2. Enjoy a ride on a cyclo through the bustling streets of old Saigon – a unique way to watch local people go about their everyday life

Admire the dramatic karsts as you sail through the beautiful Halong Bay

3. Cruise amidst towering limestone islets and hidden lagoons on the emerald waters of Ha Long Bay on a converted traditional junk boat

Historic Hanoi Opera House, Vietnam

4. Spend a couple of days in Vietnam's elegant capital Hanoi, exploring the jumble of narrow alleyways in the old French Quarter

Crawl through the tiny Cu Chi tunnels

5. Crawl through the tiny tunnels of Cu Chi (near Ho Chi Minh City), a vast underground network once used by the Viet Cong as communication and supply routes during the Vietnam War


6. Hit the beach! Best beach side locations include Phu Quoc, Phan Thiet, Con Dao and Mui Ne

7. Enjoy breath-taking views from the top of Hai Van Pass (near Hue),which crosses a spur of the Annamite Range that juts into the East Sea

Take a day tour into the colourful Mekong Delta

8. Drift along the backwaters of the vast Mekong Delta and see a traditional way of life as you cruise among local barges, full of vegetables and fruit, at Cai Rang floating market

Take in panoramic views over terraced hills and mountains

9. Head to the far north of Vietnam around Sapa and discover colourful hill tribes and some outstanding trekking

Explore the ancient Imperial Citadel in Hue

10. Visit the Royal Tombs and Imperial Palace in Hue, where Vietnam's last feudal dynasty, the Nguyen dynasty, ruled from 1802 to 1945