Viewed through the lens of its historic past, Vietnam may appear to be a nation defined by sorrow and loss. But zoom in and take a closer look and you will see one of Southeast Asia’s fastest growing economies, determined to become a developed nation by 2020. Vietnam is going through a time of remarkable development but is still a land of incredible beauty and captivating culture. This is a country that is home to seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites – seven others are on its pending list. Among its population of 90 million are 54 distinct ethnic groups, each with their own language, lifestyle and cultural heritage.
With its rapid growth and colourful diversity, Vietnam attracts an increasing number of travellers – more than six million visitors yearly – and is constantly praised as one of the most interesting destinations for expats due to its income opportunities and quality of life, not to mention its endless charm. Even those who have been living in Vietnam for years will tell you that every day is an adventure in this land of the dragon people. So, get ready to soak up the rich culture and vivid lifestyle while starting your own extraordinary journey.
Read on to find out what to do in Vietnam and the best places to go in your ultimate Vietnam guide.