In this beautiful country you’ll wake up as chipper as Robin Williams and shout those famous cinematic words; ‘Good morning, Vietnam’. This charmer is a Black Tomato favourite, read on to find out why.
At a glance
With more than half the population residing in the under 30 age bracket, Vietnam is a young and vivacious country, cloaked in a long and enchanting history. Home to a diverse landscape, from the mist-shrouded mountains and sylvan jungles to the bustling hubbub of Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi; Vietnam combines the beauty of its natural riches with the palpable vigour of its effervescent street life. There is certainly guaranteed to be something here to satisfy every traveller, not to mention the incredible aromatic food. Divine.
What to see
Combine natural delights and cultural highlights, to be sure to truly make the most of the diversity on offer in Vietnam. Head east to the enchanting, mythical Halong bay where you can glide along the emerald waters, dotted with limestone islets and mystical grottoes, in a traditional Vietnamese junk boat. For a city buzz head to Ho Chi Minh where you can whizz through the hurly-burly of the busy streets and ancient temples on a vintage vespa or explore the labyrinth of the famous Cu Chi tunnels, not to mention shop till you drop.
For some eco beach-bum time, head south to Phu Quoc, a remote island where you can relax on the radiant sandy beaches or wander through the aromatic Pepper Gardens or explore the island’s national park. This secret is getting out about this island idyll, get there soon before the rest.
Why we love it
What’s not to love? It’s the amalgamation of outstanding natural beauty (the limestone columns protruding from the waters of Halong Bay are as mystical as they are humbling), delicious cuisine, captivating cultural tidbits and delectable diversity that has us singing Vietnam’s praises time and time again.