Why you should go

Take a coastline of powdery sand beaches, add the world’s most sensational cuisine, and then throw a dollop of elegant French culture into the mix, and the result is a country that’s simply waiting to wow you.

Vietnam

Vietnam

Vietnam is a young country (more than half the population is under 30) with a long history. The diversity of the landscape is guaranteed to satisfy, no matter what you are looking for on your trip. See the old French influence on the city of Hanoi, explore Halong Bay, trek through the mountains for some heart pumping exercise or explore up in the highlands (a favourite retreat for Vietnam royalty).

See the small coastal towns to feel like you’re stepping back in time in these nearly untouched communities before catching some rays at a funky modern beach resort; then dive in for some water sports in a place like Phan Thiet (Vietnam’s kite-surfing capital), or on a peaceful island in the south where life moves nice and slowly